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I can suggest Aikido Principles "Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art" from Stefan Stenudd. The author is an Aikikai instructor but I also found the book useful as a Kobayashi style practitioner. It is mostly about the basic concepts in Aikido, not the techniques. The spiritual side of Aikido has also been mentioned. For german readers, I can also ...
I think it's worth noting that jō is sometimes translated to English as "cane". While it doesn't match up in shape and size to a classic European cane, it does match in purpose. Another interesting fact about the jō is that it's also the size of the haft of a farmer's spear: in the feudal period of Japan, a commoner couldn't keep a full-length yari, but was ...
I am in an Aikikai federation and I have not seen any evidence of it. We have a senior student who will read some of Ueshiba's teachings in that area before we start class but that is really the extent of it.
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