“Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era” – The book that will change your view of Aikido’s origins!


It is our pleasure to announce the availability of one of the most important books on Aikido history ever published, Aikido Pioneers-Prewar Era by Stanley Pranin. This new 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.

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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-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! For readers who would like to further deepen their study of the origins of Aikido, we have prepared a special set titled “The Pillars of Aikido” that contains Aikido Pioneers-Prewar Era, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters, and The Great Onisaburo Deguchi. A reading of these three pivotal books will give you a deep understanding of the roots of Aikido and inform you all about Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the technical precursor of the art, and Onisaburo Deguchi, the famous religious leader who guided Morihei Ueshiba through a spiritual transformation. Want to learn still more about Aikido history? Click here for more information on the “Pillars of Aikido” set and to receive a 20% discount.