Eight Times Up
Orca Book Publishers, 2019
Release Date: April 9, 2019 Middle Grade Fiction: Ages 9-12 Pages: 224 Pre-order Now: Visit Orca Book Publishers, Chapters-Indigo, or Amazon. Synopsis: Ever since his mom left, Riley has been a mess. He feels nervous all the time. His heart pounds, his neck is tight, and he can't seem to turn off his brain. So his dad goes and signs him up for aikido.
Great. A whole new set of worries.
What if he gets hurt? The other boys are so rough and Wafaa, easily the most skilled student, won't even acknowledge him. What if he sucks?
Soon, however, Riley realizes he is becoming stronger. And his thoughts are not racing around so much. But Sensei says aikido is all about being prepared for the unexpected. Is Riley ready for what life has in store?
Aikido Shugyo Gozo Shioda Shindokan Books, 2002
Genre: Non-fiction Translated by: Jacques Payet & Christopher Johnston Pages: 207 Order Now: Visit Shindokan Books
Synopsis: Aikido Shugyo is perhaps the single most important work available in English by Gozo Shioda, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. Together with Aikido Jinsei, these works form the essential basis for understanding Gozo Shioda and the Yoshinkan style for English speakers the world over. The original Japanese text was translated into English by Jacques Payet Sensei (of Mugenjuku in Kyoto, Japan) and Chris Johnston Sensei. It is a highly recommended text for all martial artists.
From the Shindokan Books website:
Aikido Shugyo, by Gozo Shioda, was originally released in Japanese in 1991. Throughout this important and insightful work, Shioda Sensei relates many stories about the time he spent training directly with the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, about his war-time experiences and about his years as the Headmaster of the Yoshinkan. He also uses countless anecdotes to convey important insights into the functioning and application of Aikido techniques. Aikido Shugyo will inspire anyone interested in traditional martial arts with its lessons, its history, and its straight-forward approach to the application of Aikido techniques. Visit the Shindokan Books website for more information.
Aikido Jinsei Gozo Shioda Shindokan Books, 2011
Genre: Non-fiction Translated by: Christopher Johnston & Jacques Payet Pages: 313 Order Now: Visit Shindokan Books
Synopsis:.Aikido Jinsei, the life story of the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, is the sister volume to Aikido Shugyo. In it, Gozo Shioda provides the background story to his development as one of the premier martial artists of the modern age. It is required reading for anyone interested in Yoshinkan Aikido. The original Japanese text was translated into English by Jacques Payet Sensei (of Mugenjuku in Kyoto, Japan) and Chris Johnston Sensei.
From the Shindokan Books website:
Aikido Jinsei, is the autobiography of Shioda Gozo, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. First published in Japan in 1985, Shioda Sensei uses this book to share his experiences, his aikido and his way of life with his readers. Aikido Jinsei is remarkable for the author’s extremely candid approach. Throughout the book, Shioda Sensei openly shares his most personal experiences from his childhood, his time during the war and his training with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei. He shares key insights about Aikido which he learned from Ueshiba Sensei and he clearly documents the events after the war which led to the establishment of the Yoshinkan and his own unique brand of Aikido.