Recommended Reading

The Art of Peace Morihei Ueshiba (translated by John Stevens)

This work by O-Sensei should be on every dedicated Aikidoka's bookshelf.

There are a few versions of The Art of Peace. I recommend this version, the 2005 reprint, with the expanded material described above. It can only be found at Barnes and Noble online

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere Adele Westbrooke & Oscar Ratti

Many consider this the quintessential book on Aikido. Can be requested through the Kirkpatrick Library via Quest.

Aikido Student's Handbook: A Guide to the Philosophy, Spirit, Etiquette and Training Methods of Aikido Greg O'Connor

In the Dojo: A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts David Lowry

The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways David Lowry

Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training C.M. Shifflett

The Spirit of Aikido Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Ki in Daily Life Koichi Tohei
(aka Book of Ki: Co-coordinating Mind & Body in Daily Life)

Tohei Sensei is the founder of the Ki Society. If you plan to remain exclusively USAF, this is probably not the book for you.

Aikido and the Way of Harmony John Stevens

John Stevens is an excellent Aikidoka and writer. I recommend any of his books.

Aikido and the New Warrior Richard Heckler

Kirkpatrick Library: GV1114.35 A37

Aikido In America John Stone & Ron Meyer

Kirkpatrick Library: GV1114.35 A374

Women in Aikido Andrea Siegal

Kirkpatrick Library: GV1114.35 S56

Aikido for Kids Laura Santoro & Jennifer Corso

                          ~ O-Sensei


The dedicated Aikidoka is one that learns from more than just one sensei, experiencing Aikido in more than just falls and throws. This is why seminar attendance is encouraged, to learn and experience more than what happens in your dojo. And this is why reading is important. Experience the words and wisdom of those that have gone before you.

It should be noted that there are countless books filled with the techniques of Aikido. These should be avoided by all but experienced Aikidoka (3+ years). Learning a technique from a book is dangerous, as no book can demonstrate the feel and finesse of a move. It is a 2 dimensional representation only.

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