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 Masters - Prewar Students of Morihei Ueshiba
by Stanley PraninStanley 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.
My other reviewsI've reviewed some other books about aikido and related topics.