Aikido Masters

Aikido Masters - Prewar Students of Morihei Ueshiba. By Stanley Pranin.

Book Review



Aikido Masters - Prewar Students of Morihei Ueshiba

by Stanley Pranin

Stanley Pranin, who lived and practiced aikido a long time in Japan, has done a great service to future aikido historians by interviewing most of the important pre-war aikido students of Osensei, such as Gozo Shioda, the kendo legend Nakakura, and many others. They often give generously open-minded answers, always with a lot of fascinating information about Osensei and those days long gone.

    Initially, Pranin made these interviews for his pioneering aikido magazine Aiki News. When he had a bundle of them, he was pretty much obliged to bring them together in a book. I'd say that this book, with so much wisdom from the first generation of Osensei students, is a must read for any aikido practitioner. It's a joy, too.

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My other reviews

I've reviewed some other books about aikido and related topics.

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My Own Aikido Books


Aikido Principles

Aikido Principles, by Stefan Stenudd.Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art. The principles, philosophy, and basic ideas of aikido. It's not about the aikido techniques, but the thoughts and ideas behind them. You could call it a book on aikido theory. It was my first book, initially in Swedish. It has also been published in German and Czech. The first edition of the English version had the title Aikido - The Peaceful Martial Art. It's still around, but I recommend this edition called Aikido Principles.

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Attacks in Aikido

Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd.How to do kogeki, the attack techniques. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. This is an often neglected field in aikido training. We focus on the aikido defense techniques but forget to learn the attacks properly - but then the development of our aikido skills will suffer. So, I wrote this book. As far as I know, it's the only one on the subject.

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Aikibatto

Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd.Sword and staff exercises for aikido students. I developed a comprised system of sword and staff exercises (aikiken and aikijo), initially for my own students to get familiar with these things. Other aikido students seemed to appreciate it, so I made this book. The exercises are explained in detail, with practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, how to teach them, equipment for training, and more.

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Qi - Increase Your Life Energy

QI - increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd.Ki, the life energy, is a very important aspect of aikido. This is evident already in the name of this martial art. It's the same as the Chinese concept qi (also spelled chi or ch'i). Although essential in many ways, far from all aikido students know how to deal with it and integrate it in their training. Therefore, I wrote this book explaining ki, with several simple basic exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use the life energy.

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My Aikido Books

Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles

Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art. The basic principles, philosophy and traditional budo concepts in aikido. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
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Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd.

Attacks in Aikido

How to do kogeki, the attack techniques. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
More about the book here.


Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikibatto

Aikiken Sword Exercises for Aikido. The aikibatto exercises, practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, advice on equipment for training. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
More about the book here.







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Ever Young. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. All's End. Science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd.
Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
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Occasionally I Contemplate Murder. Book by Stefan Stenudd. QI - increase your life energy. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
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I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.