How to do kogeki, the attack techniques, by Stefan Stenudd. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
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.
Budo Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
Budo Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba and John StevensMorihei Ueshiba didn't write any kind of "aikido complete" book, but this text from the 1930's has got all of his overwhelming characteristics: comprised, visionary, and not so easy to comprehend - but inspiring indeed. John Stevens, a longtime aikido practitioner and resident in Japan, made the translation and editing. A great number of instructive photos with Osensei from the 1930's are also included. So is a thorough text on Osensei's life, written by his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba.
This book isn't easily digested, but Osensei's explanations of his techniques are worth the effort. It's a splendid reference for any aikido practitioner. Morihiro Saito frequently used the Japanese original of this book to prove his points about the proper way of doing the aikido techniques, even observing closely the angles of Osensei's feet in the photos. Indeed, the book is a splendid source for aikido fundamentals.
My other reviewsI've reviewed some other books about aikido and related topics.
My Own Aikido Books
Aikido PrinciplesBasic 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.
Attacks in AikidoHow 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.
AikibattoSword 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.
Qi - Increase Your Life EnergyKi, 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.
I'm a Swedish author and aikido instructor, 6 dan Aikikai Shihan, former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation. I've practiced aikido for 40 years. I also teach the sword art iaido. In addition to fiction, I've written books about aikido and other Eastern traditions. Google Profile
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The Eastern concept of Qi Energy (also spelled chi or ki) explained, with simple exercises to experience and increase it. Click the image to visit.
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