Progress report on “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era,” by Stanley Pranin

It’s time for another update on our progress on our upcoming title, Aikido Pioneers-Prewar Era, one of the most important books on aikido history ever to be published. We are in the final editing phase after having laid out all of the photographs. This particular phase is very time consuming so we wanted to give you a sneak peak at the contents and layout of the new book. We have selected eight representative pages from the Noriaki Inoue interview by way of a preview in PDF form. You can download that file here.

The interviews contained in Aikido Pioneers feature direct students of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba. I conducted these interviews over a period spanning 1973 through about 2005. These early disciples were eyewitnesses and participants in the creation of the art. The list of those interviewed who appear and share their remembrances and stories reads like a Who’s Who of Aikido: Noriaki Inoue, Kenji Tomiki, Hisao Kamada, Hajime Iwata, Minoru Mochizuki, Shigemi Yonekawa, Rinjiro Shirata, Gozo Shioda, Yoshio Sugino, Kiyoshi Nakakura, Takako Kunigoshi, Zenzaburo Akazawa, Bansen Tanaka, Tenryu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Minoru Hirai, Koichi Tohei, Kisaburo Osawa, Shigenobu Okumura and Kanshu Sunadomari, all but two having sadly already passed on.

Much of what you believe and have been told about the birth and development of aikido is not fully accurate or just plain wrong. Aikido Pioneers will go a long way towards rectifying many of the misconceptions and errors that have persisted for decades and bring the person, technique, and accomplishments of Morihei Ueshiba into sharp focus. After reading this book, there is little doubt that you will become an authority on the subject!


  1. Clark Bateman says:

    Good stuff!

  2. Looking forward to this!

  3. …am reading “Hell to Pay” by Giangreco about the Downfall campaign to invade the Japanese home islands 1945-7. reinforces my respect for O Sensei’s decision to move to Iwama ahead of it. getting off the line indeed.

  4. Great! Longing to see it finished and in my hands!

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