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Karatedo Tanpenshu: Funakoshi Short Stories
Compiled & Translated by Patrick & Yuriko McCarthy

"This is an eclectic book about Gichen Funakoshi, who many consider to be the father of Japanese karate. But this is not a book of commentary about this master. Instead, the man, his background and early karate history are intimately portrayed through his own early writings, his portraits, many photos and other related materials."
Review by Rick Reichert

Pressure Point Fighting: A Secret Guide to the Heart of Asian Martial Arts
by Richard Clark

"Rick Clark has taken the complex and confusing world of vital points and stripped it down to a basic idea: 'It does not matter why it works, it only matters that it works.'This pragmatic approach stands in marked contrast to many of pressure point teachers who ground their teachings on the science behind their work."
Review by Jeremy C. Bays

Medieval Combat
Translated by Mark Rector

"Martial arts books have been around for a long, long time, as Mark Rector of the Chicago Swordplay Guild ably demonstrates with his new work, "Medieval Combat." Mr. Rector's book is the first English translation of Hans Talhoffer's "fechtbuch", or "fight-book," a compendium of the knightly arts of mayhem as practiced circa 1467."
Review by J. Ken Mondschein

Ryoma - Life of a Renaissance Samurai
By Romulus Hillsborough

"The book is very readable and exciting. To westerners it opens up an important period in Japanese history as it weaves together the complex tapestry of ideology, events, life, culture and political/military forces leading to the modern age -- all portrayed through Ryoma's eyes."
Review by Christopher Caile

The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe
By Sydney Anglo

"For those with an interest in the European counterparts to kenjutsu, jujutsu, and the other warrior arts of Japan, "The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe" by Sydney Anglo is well worth picking up."
Review by J. Ken Mondschein

Filipino Martial Culture
By Mark Wiley

" ... Wiley's approach combines solid historical research skill ... with deeply personal knowledge of the culture ... he is writing about."
Review by J. Christoph Amberger

Complete Aikido:
Aikido Kyohan - the Definitive Guide to the Way of Harmony by Roy Suenaka & Chris Watson. Review

The Secret History of the Sword
by J. Christoph Amberger Review

Martial Musings:
A Portrayal of Martial Arts in the 20th Century, by Robert W. Smith. Review

The Science of Martial Arts Training
by Charles I. Staley, MSS
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