Review of Stanley Pranin’s “Aikido Pioneers: Prewar Era,” by Robert Noha

“Like the 1950 Akira Kurosawa film “Rashomon,” which shows multiple perspectives of the same event, this book of interviews provides 20 unique perspectives on the life and teaching of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. The interviews were conducted by Stanley Pranin, editor in chief of the Aikido Journal.

The interview subjects range from his son and successor Kisshomaru Ueshiba and nephew Yoichiro Inoue to Tenryu, a famous sumo wrestler, and four students who founded their own systems of Aikido: Gozo Shioda; Kenji Tomiki; Koichi Tohei and Minoru Mochizuki.

This book is a priceless opportunity to learn about the life, times and teaching of the Aikido founder. It is especially valuable in that it provides details of the critical era before the Second World War when Aikido was becoming the art it is today.”

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“Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era” is available here.

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