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MikeK wrote:I'm not a fan of many karate or martial arts books and could come up with a list of what I wouldn't recommend.
Here's a list of books that I did like and why.
By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions
I found this one interesting as in many ways the history of use of the sword mirrors the recent history of modern martial arts (1800-present).
Medieval Combat; A Fifteenth-Century Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat by Hans Talhoffer
A very old German guide for combat that shows how developed Western martial arts were.
Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons From The Tokyo Riot Police by Robert Twigger
An entertaining story about how the author goes from 0 to Aikido black belt in 1 year.
Kata, The Folk Dances of Shotokan Rob Redmond.
A real book, that you can download for free as a pdf. Goes into history and throws out some ideas on history and why, where and what kata is. Rob is an excellent writer and being free there is no excuse not to read this.
Sabaki Method by Ninomiya. Mostly sport based but it's just so well put together and is what other karate books attempting to teach technique should be.
If I think of any others I'll list them.
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