“Much of what you believe and have been told about the birth and development of aikido is not fully accurate or distorted through omission of important facts. “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era” will go a long way towards rectifying many of the misconceptions and errors that have persisted for decades and bring the character, 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!”
We would like to bring to your attention the availability of one of the most important books on Aikido history ever published, Aikido Pioneers-Prewar Era by Stanley Pranin. This essential title weighs in at a hefty 364 pages and contains in-depth interviews with twenty of the most important early students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. These early disciples of the art witnessed and participated in the process that culminated in the birth of modern Aikido. Their testimonies constitute an invaluable source of information for those seeking an understanding of the roots of aikido.
The list of those appearing in Aikido Pioneers and sharing their remembrances and stories reads like a Who’s Who of Aikido: Yoichiro 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.