The Library

This is the endeavor our collaborator f Yulie Simonovis (aka The Librarian–read about her here) who is putting together a list of all the books related to Aikido in one spot. This will be constantly updated as the list continues to grow. The descriptions are taken from and credited to

The Art of Peace

Author: Morihei Ueshiba

A collection of teachings drawn from the talks and writings of the founder of Aikido, which offer a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. 192 pages

The Secret Teachings of Aikido

Author: John Stevens and Morihei Ueshiba

The founder explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of the profound philosophies of the martial traditions of Japan. 152 pages 

The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual

Author: Morihei Ueshiba

The profound philosophy of Aikido presented in the founder’s own words and discloses many of the arcane secrets of Aikido’s aims and methods. 200 pages

Budo Training in Aikido

Author: Morihei Ueshiba

The original text of Budo Renshu, written by the founder of Aikido. Includes 38 secret teaching of Budo poems and 166 illustrated techniques. 212 pages

The Heart of Aikido

Author: Ueshiba Morihei

Focuses on the human values and promotion of peace that the founder believed were at Aikido’s core. 144 pages

Budo: Teachings of the Founder

Author: Morihei Ueshiba

Written by the founder as an instruction manual and a statement of the aims and spirit of his martial arts philosophy. This work recounts Morihei Ueshiba’s early life, his encounter with Onisaburo Deguchi and the spiritual revelations that led him to develop the art of Aikido 132 pages

Aikido and the New Warrior (Io Series)

Author(s): Morihei Ueshiba, (edited by Richard Heckler.)

A collection of essays which illuminate Aikido concepts as they apply to different walks of life. 240 pages

The Spirit of Aikido

Author(s): Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba

This book explains Aiki in reference to the founder’s philosophy of mind and action. In addition, the history of aikido’s prewar development as a non-competitive new martial art is described, with consideration of its international role. 128 pages

Best Aikido: The Fundamentals

Author: Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba

A training aid for all Aikido practitioners, whether beginning or advanced, who wish to further their understanding of the forms and spirit of Aikido. 208 pages

Aikido (Illustrated Japanese Classics)

Author: Kisshomaru Ueshiba

This book shows basic preparatory exercises that can be done alone or in pairs. There are chapters on techniques, a history of the system, and a memoir by the founder. 190 pages

The Art of Aikido Principles and Essential Techniques

Author: Kisshomaru Ueshiba

A simplification of Aikido philosophy and techniques arranged so that it would be possible for any serious trainee to practice this martial art. 208 pages

A life in Aikido: The Biography of Founder Morihei Ueshiba

Author: Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba’s son (the second Aikido Doshu) details the life of the founder, from his early years as a youth in the turbulent Meiji to his death in 1969. 320 pages

The Aikido Master Course (Best Aikido 2)

Author: Moriteru Ueshiba

Illustrated with 1,100+ photographs of the author demonstrating each technique, an indispensable guide for students of Aikido who wish to deepen their knowledge of techniques, which in the words of the Founder himself, have unlimited application. 208 pages

Progressive Aikido: The Essential Elements

Author: Moriteru Ueshiba

A practical guide for those seeking greater understanding of both the basic forms and advanced techniques. The book is based on a systematic, step-by-step approach that emphasizes proper movement to train in a range of Aikido techniques, from basic to advanced. 208 pages

Aikido: The Way of Harmony

Author: John Stevens (under the direction of Shirata Rinjiro)

Explains the basic philosophy of aikido and demonstrates basic breathing exercises, stances, throws and pinning techniques. 200 pages

Dynamic Aikido

Author: Gozo Shioda

Presents the basic postures and stances, fundamental techniques and applications. An essential companion for every beginner, a vital reference for students of all levels. 160 pages

Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques

Author(s): Gozo Shioda and Yasuhisa Shioda

Primarily focused on the basic throws that one learns in the early stages of Aikido practice and is based on a revised edition of an earlier Japanese textbook. 224 pages


Author(s): Yasuhisa Shioda and Gozo Shioda

Shioda relates moving, personal anecdotes about Ueshiba and imparts what he learned from his mentor. He offers a concise overview of the key elements of aikido. 208 Pages

Total Aikido: The Master Course

Author(s): Gozo Shioda (with Yasuhisa Shioda)

Covers the basic postures and movements with special emphasis on certain key points for perfecting one’s technique to achieve maximum effect with the minimum of effort from the Yoshikan school of Aikido. 208 pages

Ki in Daily Life

Author: Koichi Tohei

The author, founder of the Ki Society International, presents the philosophical groundwork and specific disciplines by which the individual may attune themselves with the hi-life energy of the universe and thrive in health and harmony, without fatigue or depression. 140 pages

Enlightenment Through Aikido

Author: Kanshu Sunadomari

Focuses on Aikido’s spiritual teachings, drawing on Sunadomari’s experiences as a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba. This book is an excellent companion for those practitioners who aspire to go beyond the physical in their journey along the path of Aikido. 192 pages

Takemusu Aikido Volume 1: Background and Basics

Author: Morihiro Saito

The first of Saito’s comprehensive series of Aikido technical manuals. 266 pages

The New Aikido Complete: The Arts of Power and Movement

Author: Yoshimitsu Yamada (with Steven Pimsler)

Illustrations and step-by-step instructions are combined in a comprehensive guide to the nature and basic movements of aikido and aikido etiquette, hand positions and attack techniques. 212 pages

Aikido and the Harmony of Nature

Author: Mitsugi Saotome

The author examines the spiritual philosophy of the founder, the warrior ideals of feudal Japan as the basis of his martial arts philosophy and the scientific principles underlying the philosophy of Aikido technique. 248 pages

Principles of Aikido

Author: Mitsugi Saotome

Guidance in proper physical, mental and spiritual attitudes with which to approach practice and in ways to apply the wisdom of Aikido to everyday life. 200 pages

A Light on Transmission

Author: Mistugi Saotome

The account of Saotome’s experiences and development as a live-in student under the Founder of Aikido. As one of the last surviving live-in students of the post war era, Saotome Sensei sheds a historical significant light on what it was like to learn from and live with one of the greatest martial artists of modern times. 164 pages

Aikido: Living by Design

Author: Mitsugi Saotome (edited by Susan Perry)

Throughout, he offers his views on Aikido’s philosophy, which he learned as a disciple of the art’s founder, applied to the basic questions of life. 130 pages

An Obese White Gentleman in No Apparent Distress

Author(s): Terry Dobson and Riki Moss

Based on the life of unconventional aikido master Terry Dobson, this novel by his partner Riki Moss is the story of two souls meeting at a mutually calamitous turning point in their lives. 336 Pages

Be Lively, Right Here, Right Now: The Life Teachings of Morito Suganuma

Author: Morito Suganuma

The book has answers to questions that have been asked of Suganuma Sensei as he travelled around the world teaching and demonstrating the ways of Aikido. 176 pages


Author: Koichi Tohei

Describes a program of exercise and acupressure designed to maintain health, strengthen resistance to disease, and treat medical problems. 180 pages

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction

Author(s): A. Westbrook & O. Ratti

A complete foundation in the practice of one of the most distinctive and useful Japanese martial arts. 384 pages

Aikido Principles: Basics Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art

Author: Stefan Stenudd

Presents the principles and basic concepts of aikido; not a technical manual but an exploration of the thoughts and theories at work in aikido practice. The book elaborates on the ethics involved in practicing this martial art, the philosophy on which it’s founded and the attitude needed to progress in aikido.188 pages

Invincible Warrior: An Illustrated Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Author: John Stevens

Presents the story behind the Morihei Ueshiba’s achievement, illuminating the man and his teachings. The author decribes the people, events and ideas that influenced the founder’s lifelong spiritual quest and his extraordinary career as a martial artist and teacher. 272 pages

The Philosophy of Aikido

Author: John Stevens

This guide offers a no-nonsense explanation of the history and philosophy of aikido that explains the often esoteric maxims and cryptic teachings in simple terms. 132 pages

Abundant Peace: The Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Author: John Stevens

Tells the story behind Morihei’s achievement, illuminating the man and his message in a way that will delight and stimulate the reader. Focusing on the how and why of Morihei’s caree, Stevens describes the people, events and ideas that influence his lifelong spiritual quest, which culminated in the unique teachings of Aikido. 140 pages

Secrets of Aikido

Author: John Stevens

Explores the hidden secrets and spiritual aspects of Aikido. Also covers the Tantric dimension of Aikido, the science of sound, the six spiritual pillars of Aikido, practices for purification and breathing techniques for calming the spirit. 160 pages

Dueling with O-Sensei: Grappling with the Myth of the Warrior Sage

Author: Ellis Amdur

Iconoclastic, rebellious, yet fiercely holding to some of the most traditional values of Japanese martial culture, the author brings a startling honesty about the flaws, not only within martial arts culture, but also within its practitioners, often using himself as an exemplar of the latter. 346 pages

The Life-Giving Sword: Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun

Author: Yagyu Munenori

The legendary 17th century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword advisor to two shoguns, was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi and spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. This book’s central themes are the “Life Giving Sword,” the idea of controlling one’s opponent by spiritual readiness to fight rather than by actual fighting and “No Sword,” which is the idea that the mind must be free of everything, even the sword itself, in order to get to the place of complete mastery. 192 pages

The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

Author: Takuan Soho

The author’s insights and writings have outlasted the dissolution of the samurai class and have lasted to the present to be read for guidance and inspiration by the captains of business and industry, as well as those devoted to the practice of the martial arts in their modern form. 144 pages 

Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lesson from the Tokyo Riot Police

Author: Robert Twigger

Twigger blends, the ancient with the modern–the ultra traditionalism, ritual, and violence of the dojo (training academy) with the shopping malls, nightclubs, and scenes of everyday Tokyo life in the 1990s–to provide a brilliant, bizarre glimpse of life in contemporary Japan. 320 pages

Language of Aikido: A Practitioner’s Guide to Japanese Characters and Terminology

Author: Michael Hacker

Researched and written by a professional linguist with decades of experience as a student of Japanese language, culture, and martial arts–including living and training in Japan for 10 years, this book was designed specifically for students and teachers of the Japanese martial art Aikido, but will also be of interest to Japanese language enthusiasts who practice other martial arts such as Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Iaido, and Kendo. 142 pages

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

Author: Dave Lowry

In this collection of lively, detailed essays, Dave Lowry, one of the most well-known and respected swordsmen in the United States, illuminates the history and meaning behind the rituals, training costumes, objects, and relationships that have such profound significance in Japanese martial arts. Packed with fascinating stories from his own experience, this book provides a wealth of information that beginning students will pore over and advanced students will treasure. 208 pages

Complete Aikido: Aikido Kyohan – The Definitive Guide to the Way of Harmony

Author: Roy Suenaka

Packed with history and philosophy, and offers precise descriptions with over 400 photographs illustrating the correct–and incorrect–way to execute aikido techniques. Provides insights into the three leading styles: the original art developed by founder Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei, the Shin-Shin Toitsu aikido of Koichi Tohei Sensei, and the Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho aikido of Roy Suenaka Sensei. 306 pages