Take the 2-minute tour ×
Martial Arts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students and teachers of all martial arts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What are the classical/canonical books written about Aikido? I am interested in all styles (aikikai, iwama, yoshinkan, shodokan, whatever) training "manuals" as well as more philosophical work.


I am taking the hit, see this meta discussion. Suggestions as to how to make this type of questions on topic are appreciated -- feel free to edit this.

Just because there is an accepted answer does not mean I am not looking for more answers!

share|improve this question
1  
I can't contribute an answer, but I like the question. :-) –  Simon Peter Chappell Feb 6 '12 at 14:16
    
A down vote with no feedback... Thank you for the time you took to try to improve the question. –  Sardathrion May 15 '13 at 10:25
add comment

5 Answers

up vote 5 down vote accepted

I won't answer for classical, as it's a matter of personal opinion.

Personally, I'd consider "canonical" just the two books written by O'Sensei:

Also, given that Kisshomaru Ueshiba gave a significant contribution to help O'Sensei shape Aikido, Kisshomaru's own books may also be considered as canonical.

share|improve this answer
1  
Your links are broken –  jacknad Feb 15 '12 at 19:03
add comment

"Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" by Westbrook and Ratti

and for Yoshinkan style "Total Aikido" by Gozo Shioda

share|improve this answer
    
+1 for Shioda's book, -1 for Westbrook and Ratti. Even thought the illustrations are good, the content is confusing and in some cases inaccurate. –  Sardathrion Feb 6 '12 at 14:18
1  
LOL! I only remember that I was a bit disappointed about the American style of writing of Westbrook and Ratti. But it isn't a bad book. It also has a rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 on Amazon and I think it is one of the most read book on Aikido (at least in the west) so in my opinion it's definitely a classic. As for "canonical", I agree with tacone and would like to add "The Spirit of Aikido" by Kisshomaru Ueshiba –  THelper Feb 8 '12 at 7:44
add comment

Aikido Randori by Tetsuro Nariyama is a good foundation for Shodokan Aikido.

Scott Allbright's Aikido and Randori is a close second.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Aikido Shugyo is also an excellent resource, containing both lots of anecdotes about Ueshiba Sensei as well as deep and well-explained insights from Gozo Shioda Sensei. And don't let the fact that it's writtem by the founder of Yoshinkan distract you -- there's not really anything specific to Yoshinkan in there.

share|improve this answer
add comment
  • Once I read a book about the Life of Morihei Ueshiba (though I don't remember the exact book's name...). I never thought of it as of a "canonical book", but if something is, it is this book - for me.

  • I'd definitely take a look at The Secret Teachings of Aikido.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.