• Recommended reading

  • Part of lifelong learning is varying your resources and increasing your exposure not only to similar ideals but diverse opinions and systems - and synthesizing your new knowledge into your practice. 

    The following lists provide you with varying suggestions for reading. It is by no means an exhaustive list. I will add to it from time to time as I find more nuggets.

    Happy reading!

  • Okinawan martial arts

    Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles and Secret Techniques - Mark Bishop

    Essence of Okinawan Karate-do - Nagamine Shoshin

    Classical Kata of Okinawan Karate -= Patrick McCarthy

    Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts - Volume 1 - Patrick McCarthy

    Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts - Volume 2 - Patrick McCarthy

    Bubishi (updated 2016) - Patrick McCarthy

    Chanpuru - Garry Parker

    Art of Hojo Undo - Michael Clarke

    Shin Gi Tai - Michael Clarke

    Okinawan Kobudo and Karate - Hokama Tetsuhiro

    A Stroll Along Ryukyu Martial Arts History - Andreas Quast

    Martial Artists of RyuKyu - Motobu Choki and Andreas Quast




  • Technical Martial Arts

    Karate Science - J.D. Swanson

    Fight Like a Physicist - Jason Thalken

    The Way of Kata - Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane

    The Way of Sanchin Kata - Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane

     Stretching Scientifically - Thomas Kurz

    Training for Warriors - Martin Rooney

    Ultimate Warriors Workouts - Martin Rooney



  • Self Defense

    When the Fight Goes to the Ground - Lori O'Connell

    Verbal Judo - George Thompson

    The Gift of Fear - Gavin De Becker

    Facing Violence - Rory Miller

    Meditations on Violence - Rory Miller

    Scaling Force - Rory Miller and Lawrence Kane

    Little Black Book of Violence - Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane

    Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly - Marc MacYoung

    In the Name of Self Defense - Marc MacYoung

    Becoming a Complete Martial Artist - Marc MacYoung and Kris Sustrino

    Taking It to the Street - Marc MacYoung

    The Brutal Art of Ripping, Poking and Pressing - Loren Christensen

    Fighter's Fact Book - Loren Christensen



  • Varia

    When Buddhists Attack - Jeffrey K. Mann

    Zen in the Martial Arts - Joe Hyams

    Zen Way to Martial Arts - Deshimaru Taisen

    The Art of War - Sun Tzu

    Sword and Brush - Dave Lowry

    Clouds in the West - Dave Lowry

    The Karate Way - Dave Lowry

    In the Dojo - Dave Lowry

    Martial Virtues - Charles Hackney

    Traditions - Dave Lowry

    Book of Five Rings - Musashi Miyamoto

    Bibliography of Japanese Karate and Kobudo Literature - Andreas Quast

    20 Guiding Principles of Karate - Funakoshi Gichin

    The Okinawa Program - Bradley Willcox


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