Koichi Tohei Sensei’s technical curriculum from the 1960s

“Early foreign practitioners of the art in the Aikikai system relied heavily on this book to guide their training and preparation for testing as they progressed in aikido. This book has long been out of print. Nonetheless, it is a valuable historical document that reflects the state of aikido at this important juncture of the art’s history.”

We have prepared a reference section based on the 1960 book of Koichi Tohei Sensei titled Aikido: The Arts of Self-Defense in which the main points of the early technical system of this great master are presented. This book is now extremely rare and has been out of print for years.

Click here to view reference materials from Koichi Tohei Sensei’s early book

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  1. Rick Triplett says:

    I treasure my first edition of this wondrous book, which I bought when it came out, through Black Belt Magazine if I recall. In those days, my friends and I were mostly interested in karate, but entranced by Tohei Sensei, we worked our way diligently through the book, having great fun with our unbendable arms and pleased that we could actually make some of the techniques clumsily work. I wish I had film of those early explorations: it would be filled with amusing errors but rich with nostalgia!

  2. The book was published by Rikugei publishing co,and was badly proofed and their was a chapter in it called “the Real Rat’s of Aikido”.Should have been “art’s”.

  3. PS,I always liked being a “RAT”.

  4. Fr Douglas Skoyles SSC says:

    I am suffering a severe case of flashback – and I never even used illegal drugs. Thank you for this “blast from the past”. Some of my teachers and partners must have read “Aikido: The Arts of Self Defense” for the syllabus is familiar.

    I have seen this book once, in the largest collection of books concerning Aikido and other martial arts, that I have ever seen. I suffered an instant and lingering attack of the sin of envy! The ironic part about this library was that its owner had never, even once, set foot in a dojo of any sort! His interest was purely academic. I suspect some dilettantes, who appear in verious dojos and then boast of their mastery, would be more honest to profit from that bibliophile’s example.

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