John Stevens. Kodansha International, 2001
John Stevens is a well known author of over 30 books on Aikido, Buddhism, Zen and Asian culture. He is also a Professor of Buddhist studies and an Aikido instructor.
The book has a foreword from Moriteru Ueshiba, Aikido Doshu, and is divided into 2 parts. Part one theory and part two practice.
The theory section covers 5 key areas namely:
- Essential principles
- Aikido nature and health
- Aikido as tantra
- Aikido and art
- Aikido and Global Society
The book has crisp photography with extremely good linkage of Aikido photos to other cultures and religions. Whilst it is a small book; only 131 pages it does give a “different view” of Aikido.