- Aikido Shimbokukai
- Aikido Schools of Ueshiba
- Aikido Shobukan Dojo
- Indiana University Aikido Club
- Aikido World
- The Aikido FAQ
- Aikido Journal Online
- The Aikido FAQ
Aikido and the Harmony of Nature and The Principles of Aikido by Saotome Sensei. Harmony is a true classic; a book that offers up something new every time you return to it. Principles is a book that Saotome-sensei never wanted to write and to this day never fails to mention how much he never wanted to write it. The book sensei never wanted to write is still the best technical manual available on Aikido.
The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido and Words of Power by William Gleason: These books are frustrating, however they contain information, available nowhere else, on many of the religious concepts from Shinto and Omoto-kyo that underlie O-Sensei’s thought.
The Spirit of Aikido by Kisshomaru Ueshiba: When people with no aikido experience ask me for an aikido book to read, this is the one I give them. It is a short, readable, and thought-provoking book by a venerable teacher.
“Aikido It’s Heart and Appearance” by Morihiro Saito
“Aikido in Daily Life” by Koichi Tohei
Other martial arts:
The Roots of Chinese Qigong by Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang: This is a great book for delving into the esoteric world of Chinese Qi. Qi is a difficult concept for many because the language we use to talk about it is rooted in its origins in ancient Chinese Taoism. If Qigong were a product of the 20th century we might be talking about it in more modern empirical terms. Dr. Yang trained extensively in Chinese martial arts in Taiwan before studying engineering at Purdue. In this book he approaches this murky subject from a perspective informed by Chinese tradition, but grounded in science.
Zen in the martial arts – Joe Hyams
On the warrior’s path – Daniele Bolelli
Kishido: way of the Western warrior – Peter Hobart
Non-martial art books:
Born to run – Christopher McDougall