I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor, 6 dan Aikikai Shihan, former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation. I've practiced aikido since 1972. I also teach the sword art iaido. Here's my budo bio.
by Stefan Stenudd. The aikibatto sword and staff exercises for aikido students explained, with practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equipment for training, and more. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd. The life energy qi (also chi or ki), with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Aikido, by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
by Kisshomaru UeshibaThis was one of the very first aikido books I got, when I had started my aikido quest in the early 1970's. I devoured it. Almost 40 years later, I'm still quite fond of it - especially the short, very esoteric text by Osensei at the end of it.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba was Osensei's son and succeeded him as doshu of aikido. He wrote this introduction to aikido in 1963, but the translation was done some ten years later. It contains straightforward explanation of aikido techniques, with many photos where young Tamura and Chiba appear as uke. Although it's nearly impossible to explain aikido techniques in a book, Kisshomaru Ueshiba was remarkably close to managing it.
But still, the true diamond in the book is Osensei's short text. It has inspired me ever since I read it the first time, when I was a teenager completely inebriated by aikido. You have to read it.
My other reviewsI've reviewed some other books about aikido and related topics.