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#187987 - 01/08/07 03:03 AM Re: MA Books and Magazines RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Empishu]
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#187988 - 03/31/07 11:14 PM Re: MA Books and Magazines RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ktulu]
ThatSpearGuy Offline

Registered: 03/31/07
Posts: 16
I'm an avid reader and have read many of the books listed above.

For my money the best book is "Mastering Kung Fu - Featuring Shaolin Wing Chun" by GArret Gee, Benny Meng, and Richard Loewenhagen. While it definitley promotes Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun, it's scientific aproach and explanation is worth investigating no matter what your style of MA.

#187989 - 04/12/07 12:08 AM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ed_Morris]
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Some ideas:

Scholar Boxer: Cháng Nâizhou's Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan

Empire of Signs

On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology

Classical Weaponry of Japan: Special Weapons and Tactics of the Martial Arts

Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View

Spies, Vixens, and Masters of Kung Fu: The Art of Paul Gulacy

Combat, Ritual, and Performance: Anthropology of the Martial Arts

The Eleventh Son: A Novel Of Martial Arts And Tangled Love

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) (7/21/2007)

that'll keep you busy for the upcoming summer reading.

#187990 - 05/11/07 07:16 PM Re: MA Books and Magazines RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ktulu]
doraemon55 Offline

Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 2
Another good new book is "Hidden Karate- The True Bunkai for the Shotokan Katas" it was translated into English and is published by Champ in Japan, but it is available through It is very detailed and informative.

#187991 - 06/10/07 10:06 AM Re: MA Books and Magazines RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: doraemon55]
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some interesting sounding titles to give reading ideas:

June 19, 2007
Rumi Maki Fighting Arts: The Complete History and Martial Techniques of the Peruvian Inca

June 20, 2007
Boxing: Advanced Tactics and Strategies

July 10, 2007
Chin Na Fa: Traditional Chinese Submission Grappling Techniques

July 31, 2007
The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie

Aug 15, 2007
Wrestling for Fighting: The Sport of Mixed Martial Arts

August 28, 2007
Spiritual Verses

Aug 30, 2007
Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans Including Women, Reservists, and Those Coming Back from Iraq

September 2007
Chinese Leadership Wisdom from the Book of Change

Nov 20, 2007
Japanese Castles in Korea 1592-98

April 10, 2008
By Sword and Fire

#187992 - 07/13/07 03:40 PM Re: MA Books and Magazines RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ed_Morris]
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I haven't had a chance to read it myself, but a friend just published the first issue of a online magazine. Go to

#187993 - 08/22/07 01:06 PM Re: MA Books and Magazines RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Ironfoot]
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Registered: 08/09/07
Posts: 6
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Zen in the Martial Arts - by Joe Hyams

I know this was already mentioned on another thread, but I just read it and was inspired by it. Any open minded person, Martial Artist or otherwise will find guidance in this book, which is applicable to their own personal life. Any closeminded person trying to open their mind will be assisted in doing so by this book. In additional to having a good self-help side, there is much entertainment value in Joe Hyams' life experiences, training will various masters.

#187994 - 03/14/08 01:29 PM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: Dan1986]
ninjaninja Offline

Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 7
I read this article off of a martial arts website about finding martial arts through my lifestyle. I highly recommend it to everyone. It started me off on the right track with MA:

#187995 - 05/13/08 06:33 AM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: ninjaninja]
alyssa Offline

Registered: 05/02/08
Posts: 2
Just got this one and it's very good:

Combat Fitness for the Elite Female Martial Artist by Martina Sprague

it's not directly about martial arts, but it is about getting into fighting shape for martial arts training. 2 or 3 hours a week in the dojang is not enough for me to reverse 25 yrs of inactivity.

#187996 - 07/19/08 09:57 PM Re: Books & Mags RECOMMENDATIONS [Re: alyssa]
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Registered: 07/19/08
Posts: 1
-A Story of Life, Fate, and Finding the Lost Art of Koka Ninjutsu in Japan
by Daniel DiMarzio

Very interesting read about life, work, and training in Koka (Koga) and Iga Ninjutsu in Japan. Doesn't romanticize very direct and upfront about the positive and negative aspects of living and working there. It also describes in detail training in the long-thought to be extinct art of "Koka" Ninjutsu. Almost nothing is known outside of Japan about Koka Ninjutsu except what is written in this book. It details one-on-one private training with a master of Koka Ninjutsu. The training is very old-fashioned and brutal. It's a glimpse into old-school training and how Japan "really" is.

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