William Reed has two chapters included in the Calligraphy Manual.
William Reed is an Akido master and an adept and instructot and popularizer of the inner meaning of many Japanese disciplines; everyrhing previously mentioned but also including go, akido, etc.
“A Road That Anyone Can Walk: Ki"
some reviews of this book on amazon the vital energy or life-force, is a concept integral to the Oriental martial and healing arts. This book provides a new perspective through the story of Koichi Tohei, a contemporary master of Ki. Following the story of his life, the author explains the principles and exercises which Tohei developed to help people unify mind and body. A philosophical framework is presented for Ki principles to enable one to cope with life in the modern world.
Well written and puts the point forward about what Ki actually is all about, and how to use its principles in daily life, exercise, and management. Also gives a brief and rewarding insight into the founder of Ki Aikido-Tohei Sensei. The book deals with practical uses of Ki and unlike some books is not full of nonsense, but tried and tested principles of using Ki in your daily life to achieve a rich rewarding and positive outcome. If more people knew about Ki, then the world would be a better place.
reviews of the Shodo book: I have reviewed dozens of texts concerning the art of Shodo, but this one really stands out as exceptional. Reed covers every aspect with almost painful attention to detail and even includes some interesting cognitive concepts concerning the mental processing involved in this particular art. There is no mystery here but an entirely straight forward approach to the art and skill required with emphasis on the central concept of coordinating mind, body and brush to render the vision of the individual artist's essential connection with the subject. This text is an absolute must for the beginner or the intermediate Shodokan (even an advanced student will benefit, I would think). Additionally, don't overlook Alison Cameron's Chinese Painting Techniques, in which, once again, extraordinary attention to detail is emphasized. Between these two texts, all questions are answered concerning the use of the brush, strokes and materials as well as technique. If the student is interested in transfering the techniques to painting, Lian Quan Zhen's Chines Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolors is top of line.