Those who seek to study Aikido should open their minds, listen to the sincerity of God through Aiki, and practice it. You should understand the great abundance of Aiki, practice it and improve without hindrance. Willingly begin the cultivation of your spirit.
Morihei Ueshiba

 

Books worth reading (the “classics” of Aikido):

 


BUDO TRAINING IN AIKIDO by Morihei Ueshiba.
ISBN 4-88996-079-1 Sugawara Martial Arts Institute / Japan Publications 2001

AIKIDO by Kisshomaru Ueshiba.
ISBN 0 87040 268 4 Hozansha Publishing Co. Ltd 1974

THE SPIRIT OF AIKIDO by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
ISBN 0 87011 600 2 Kodansha International 1984

A LIFE IN AIKIDO by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
ISBN 978 4 7700 2617 0 Kodansha International 2008

BEST AIKIDO (VOLUMES 1 and 2) by Kisshomaru and Moriteru Ueshiba
ISBN 4-7700-2762-1 & 4-7700-2763-X Kodansha International 2002/3

AIKIDO AND THE HARMONY OF NATURE by Mitsugi Saotome
ISBN 0 87773 855 6 SHAMBHALA 1993

THE SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS OF AIKIDO by William Gleason
ISBN 0 89281 508 6 Destiny Books 1995

TRADITIONAL AIKIDO (VOLUMES 1 to 5) by Morihiro Saito
ISBN 0 87040 266 8 Japan Publications Trading Co 1973

AIKIDO COMPLETE by Yoshimitsu Yamada
Library of Congress 76 80017 Castle Books Inc. 1969

THE NEW AIKIDO COMPLETE by Yoshimutsu Yamada.
ISBN 0 8065 0301 2 Lyle Stuart Inc. 1981

AIKIDO INITIATION by Christian Tissier
ISBN 2 901551 14 9 SEDIREP 1985

THE MARTIAL ARTS by Michael Random
ISBN 0 7064 0809 8 Octopus Books Ltd. 1978

BUSHIDO THE SOUL OF JAPAN by Inazo Nitobe
Originally published 1899 Again published by Ohara Publications Inc 1969