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#187967 - 09/22/05 09:30 AM MA Books and Magazines RECOMMENDATIONS
Ktulu Offline

Registered: 07/14/04
Posts: 97
Loc: Surrey, B.C.
All of these are probably already mentioned somewhere, but this is my collection. Well what I could remember everythings packed away right now. Check them out. Some are advertised on this site.

The Lone samurai-William Scott wilson. Biography on Myamato Musashi.

Ideals of the samurai-William Scott wilson. Translated writings of samurai's and pretty much how they thought one should live his life.

The unfettered Mind-William Scott wilson. Writings from priest takuan written to yagyu munenori.

The Life giving sword-William Scott wilson. writting from yagyu munenori.

Hagakure-William Scott wilson. a must read for those interested in samurai way of life and thought.

Go Rin no Sho. The book of five rings. Written by myamato musashi.

Living The Martial way-Forrest E. Morgan. Applying warrior ideals to a modern way of living.

Akido and the dynamic Sphere- A. Westbrook and O. Ratti. A must read for akido artists.

Iaido-Akita Morji Sensei. Lots of kata pictures, good history.

This is Kendo, The art of japanese fencing-Junce sasanori. Classic book on kendo.

Kendo-minoru kiyoto. Another good book about kendo, but nothing more to offer then the book above.

Comprehensive Asian fighting Arts-Donn f. Drager and Gordon Warner. You will find a lot of refrences to this book while reading many other books.

The state of the art Taekwondo-master chul Whang and Jun chul Whang. dont remember how i got this book? But alright if you want to learn about taekwondo history.

classical Fighting Arts of Japan- Serge Mol. classic. Very detailed history on jiujitsu and jiujitsu-like lineages.

IAI-art of drawing the sword-Darrel Max Craig. Excellent book! One of my favs. Very detailed.

sun Tzu Art of war-Denma translation published by Shambhala.

Ninja shadow hand, the art of invisibility- Haha Lung and Christopher. Very interesting book.

Ki and the way of the Martial Arts-Kenji Tokitsu. One of my favs!

Tao of Jeet Kune Do-Bruce Lee.

Edited by Ed_Morris (03/01/06 09:30 AM)

#187968 - 10/10/05 03:41 AM Re: Just some books i recomend. [Re: Ktulu]
Ktulu Offline

Registered: 07/14/04
Posts: 97
Loc: Surrey, B.C.
anyone read any of these books? any feedback someone would like to share on these books? or books similar to these you'd recomend?

#187969 - 10/15/05 09:59 AM Re: Just some books i recomend. [Re: Ktulu]
jwbushi Offline

Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 12
Loc: USA, White GA.
I've read most of those and enjoyed them. Secrets of the Samurai by Wesrbrook and Ratti, Karate Do My Way of Life by Funakoshi, Shotokan's Secret by Bruce Clayton, Okinawan Karate by Mark Bishop, and Autumn Lightning, Persimmon Wind, Traditions, Moving Towards Stillness, and Clouds in the West, all by Dave Lowry.
These are some of my favorite books. Of course, anything by Donn Draeger is worth reading, as well as anything by Inazo Nitobe.
The Karate Dojo by Peter Urban is ok, but I thought The Karate Sensei (also by Urban) was strange.
Karate begins and ends with courtesy.

#187970 - 10/27/05 01:39 PM Re: Just some books i recomend. [Re: Ktulu]
Alejandro Offline

Registered: 05/02/02
Posts: 940
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Great books on your list.

-Wilson's translations and notes are great
-Morgan's book is one of the first I read, and I still enjoy it.
-All of Draeger's texts are classics.
-I don't know about the ninja book. I have a friend who loves that book, but i've always been skeptical of "ninja" books. I noticed that in Lung's book he has something about what a modern ninja would dress like, and that turned me off. Anyway, I would need to know about the author.
-I have the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, and, although I used to read it a lot, am not particularly fond of it anymore. I've began to feel that there isn't really anything original in there, and there are some misconceptions and misunderstood ideas. No disrespect to Lee.

Anyway, great list Ktulu!
In Budo, -Al

#187971 - 02/09/06 11:47 AM Re: Just some books i recomend. [Re: Alejandro]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
Posts: 6665
Loc: Amherst, MA
In addition to the above:

The Japanese Art of War
By Thomas Cleary

The Art of Peace
By Morihei Ueshiba, translated by John Stephens

Bubishi: The Bible of Karate
By Patrick McCarthy

The Life Giving Sword
By Yagyu Munemori

#187972 - 03/01/06 09:26 AM Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: harlan]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 6772
Recommended Magazine:

Classical Fighting Arts

#187973 - 03/01/06 09:32 AM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ed_Morris]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 6772

#187974 - 03/01/06 11:00 AM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ed_Morris]
Tezza Offline

Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 775
Loc: Kent, U.K.
One book that I have mentioned before but I think it deserves to be in here is On Single Combat by K.Kernspecht it is based on Wing Tsun and explains everything in good detail.
I would also have to add Blitz Defence by K.Kernspecht to be a great book.
I recommend both of these as a must if you are studying Wing Tsun or are just interested.
Happy Reading
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#187975 - 03/01/06 01:37 PM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Tezza]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 6772

#187976 - 03/16/06 01:34 AM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ed_Morris]
Dan1986 Offline

Registered: 03/15/06
Posts: 27
A book That I have read recently is Living the Martial Way, Its a great book for beginners and Masters, this book helped me understand and also enhance my Martial Walk and why I am a Martial Artist and how I should live my life as one, I recommend this book to everyone.

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