Harvard Aikikai Library:

While the number of books on Aikido were limited for a long time, in recent years numerous books on Aikido have been published and many older ones have gone out of print. This situation makes it difficult for any student of Aikido, whether casual or serious, to keep up with what is available. To that end, the Harvard Aikikai created the Harvard Aikikai Library. This small collection was founded to be a continuing resource dedicated to help enrich the learning experience of Club members by offering them a variety of materials that will introduce them to a greater understanding of the Japanese martial arts culture and history. The following list should not be seen as a "reading list," but rather as a help or guide in the study of the various aspects of the art.

The Harvard Aikikai library is a resource open to members in good standing of the Harvard Aikikai. Items are available for 3-week loans. Any club member interested in borrowing a item should contact the club librarian who will retrieve it for you and have it at the next scheduled practice.

     All materials available in the library have been donated by former and current members of the club and any member wishing to donate other books to the club are encouraged to do so. Please contact the club librarian by e-mail if you would like to borrow any of these items or donate anything to the library.

The Books:



Dobson, Terry; Watson, Jan E.; and Moss, Riki

It's a Lot like Dancing: An Aikido Journal

Higashi, Nobuyoshi and Sosa, Bill

Aikido: Tradition and New Tomiki Free Fighting Method

O'Connor, Greg

The Aikido Student Handbook

Saotome, Mitsugi

Aikido and the Harmony of Nature

Shioda, Gozo

Total Aikido

Stevens, John and Shirata, Rinjiro

Aikido: The Way of Harmony

Suenaka, Roy and Watson, Christopher

Complete Aikido: Aikido Kyohan

Tohei, Koichi

Book of Ki: Co-ordinating Body and Mind in Daily Life

Twigger, Robert

Angry White Pajamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons from the Tokyo Riot Police

Westbrook, Adele and Ratti, Oscar

Aikido & the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction

Westbrook, Adele and Ratti, Oscar

Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

Yamada, Yoshimitsu

Ultimate Aikido: Secrets of Self-Defense and Inner Power


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