The books I would recommend to a woman are the same ones I would recommend to a man.
“The Gift of Fear” by Gavin Debecker has already been mention and it is an important book in my library.
In this order I recommend:
1) “The Book of Martial Power: The Universal Guide to the Combat Arts” by Steven Pearlman.
This is the most comprehensive book on martial principles I have read. Excellent for all style because they are principles not techniques.
2) “Meditations on Violence: Comparison of Martial Arts training and Real World Violence” by Rory Miller.
This is a must to train martial arts with a proper focus on what is real and what is the fantasy of the training.
3) “Principles, Analysis, and Application of Effortless Combat Throws” by Tim Cartmell.
4) “Chin Na in Ground Fighting: Principles, Theory and Submission Holds for all Martial Styles” by Al Arsenaultt and Joe Faulise.
There is a grappling aspect to Uechi that is not taught in many schools and these two books are a great step in the right direction. Ignore the entries on the takedowns and see where he ends up and you can find the Uechi. Look at the applications of the locks and you can see the Uechi.
5) “Deadly Force Encounters: What Cops need to Know to mentally and Physically Prepare for and Survive a Gunfight” by Dr. Alexis Artwohl and Loren W. Christensen
While this is written for police this is a cold bucket of water for going through a violent encounter and the legal ramifications that can follow. Other than the department specific information this is directly related to all people.
6) “Cheng Hsin: The Principles of Effortless Power” by Peter Ralston
Okay this is a far more existential work than the others but it is a book I have read and reread over the years and gotten a great deal out of. Enlightened, baffling and some times totally confusing.
These are the six books a person can base a solid martial practice in.
There are many more as a book shelf in my home will attest and many many good ones b ut these cover the range needed for a strong foundation and launching point for any level of martial artist.
Last edited by Rick Wilson on Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:04 am, edited 1 time in total.