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#160343 - 06/25/05 07:28 PM most useful books
specter Offline

Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 49
Loc: Tampa, Fl.
Hey guys. im about to get some money to buy a few good books soon and was just wandering what martial art books youve found to be the most useful when it comes to working out or practicing the martial arts. books like stretching scientifically or the art of expressing the human body. ones that help you learn more about the sciences and methodology of practicing the martial arts that are efficient for you to use. Which books have you found to best help you with this?
thanks in advance,
"The pessimist knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" -Warrel Dane

#160344 - 06/27/05 09:00 PM Re: most useful books [Re: specter]
Gino Offline

Registered: 01/10/05
Posts: 410
Loc: New York State
Start with "Living The Martial Way" by Forrest Morgan.
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#160345 - 06/27/05 10:31 PM Re: most useful books [Re: Gino]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
I fopund the Tao of Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee) to be a very informative read. He gives very specific, technical information on foot work, setting up strikes, even some grappling.

A very scattered read (just a mish-mosh of his personal notes complied together), but it's almost like getting personal lessons from the man himself. Recommended.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#160346 - 06/29/05 12:55 AM Re: most useful books [Re: specter]
pathfinder7195 Offline

Registered: 02/11/05
Posts: 336
Loc: T.C Michigan, U.S
"Scholar Warrior" By Deng Ming-Dao

#160347 - 08/16/05 01:46 AM Re: most useful books [Re: specter]
yuji1000 Offline

Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 52
Loc: long beach, ca., america
yes, i would definitly agree with "living the martial way", plus hagakure and kodo by kensho furuya, they are not about the physical aspect of ma but they are good books in my opinion. train hard!

#160348 - 08/16/05 08:16 AM Re: most useful books [Re: yuji1000]
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Registered: 07/31/04
Posts: 6665
Loc: Amherst, MA
"The most USEful book"? I think I spent about $800 on books last year that touched on different aspects of my MA journey. Meditation, philosophy, history, fiction...topics ranging from 'abisheka' to 'zen'...all edifying but useful?

As a newbie interested in learning Bo, I liked 'Stick Fighting' by Masaaki Hatsumi because of the introduction to concepts of 'offline' and 'trapping', 'Jodo' by Dave Lowry and 'Bo' by Fumio Demura.

Edited by harlan (08/16/05 08:18 AM)

#160349 - 09/06/05 10:54 AM Re: most useful books [Re: Gino]
schanne Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 4370
Loc: Woodbury NJ
Best MA book I read
The way of the warrior does not include other ways... Miyamoto Musashi Schanne

#160350 - 09/08/05 04:37 PM Re: most useful books [Re: schanne]
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Registered: 01/13/05
Posts: 11399
Loc: Cambridge UK.
most usefull book for those about to start their journey into the mA's has got to be the Yellow pages
Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'

#160351 - 10/29/05 10:28 PM Re: most useful books [Re: Cord]
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 74
But those rare gems are rarely advertised

#160352 - 11/09/05 09:44 PM Re: most useful books [Re: Paranormalma]
sprinter64 Offline

Registered: 11/08/05
Posts: 4
Loc: PA
Personaly I got a very good book called Flashing Steel by some japanese dude (no offense meant i just can't find the author)*bows* anyway its a good intro and includes a synopsis of the eyes of a samurai, zanshin, and other concepts of the samurai and how to apply them. It also gives amazingly detailed waza demonstrations. That book is my quick edu. in iaido.
Zanshin-state of readines for battle encompassed by an indomitable will not to lose

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