Conversations With the Master: Masatoshi Nakayama

Conversation with The Master is a terrific read as it is all about a conversation with Master Masatoshi Nakayama a direct student of Gichin Funakoshi written by world reknown author Randall G. Hassell and forwraded by Teruyuki Okazaki. 108 pages filled with rare photos of the JKA leader and his responses to great questions posed by Hassell. If you want the story on the JKA and Japanese Karate this is the right book as the author Hass...

Le grappling. Techniques de base et enchainements

"Le terme grappling est un mot générique qui désigne toutes les formes de lutte (au sens large), pourvu que les frappes soient exclues. Il est aussi devenu aujourd'hui une forme de combat et surtout de compétition dont la recherche de soumission constitue la vocation essentielle. Vous trouverez dans ce livre un certain nombre d'enchaînements. Ce sont des exemples qui valent pour autant de techniques de base et vous y trouverez aussi ...

Japanese Throwing Weapons: Mastering Shuriken Throwing Techniques

"Fletcher San has provided good photographic illustrations and a systematic treatment that makes Japanese Throwing Weapons a fine reference work. The photographic treatment of the hardware is excellent, and the angular views of throws are cleanly illustrative; it should permit a reader to self-teach the techniques presented." —City Book Review

First Strike: End a Fight in Ten Seconds or Less!

A good book dealing with one of the cardinal rules of a street fight: Hit first. Being from a Wing Chun background I prefer simple yet powerful attacks in the trapping range using chain punches (straight blast), elbows, knees and a few other strikes. I prefer practicing just a few techniques but mastering them. I would recommend Paul Vunak's "Anatomy of a Streetfight" for the simple yet powerful approach.

Japanese Sword Drawing: A Source Book for Iaido Students

A wonderfully illustrated book which also provides excellent detailed instructions on the correct use of the Japanese sword. This book is quickly becoming a classic and I regard it as THE best book on the subject of Iaido (in English) written to date.

Rikugun Ninjutsu Introduction to Shinobi-Iri & Inton-Jutsu

Observational skills Range estimation Navigation Cover, concealment Camouflage Movement Tracking & counter tracking J. T. Armstrong has trained in the martial arts since being adopted into a Japanese Family after the death of his parents at a young age. In addition to training with his adopted family Armstrong has trained in martial arts with various masters during his travels such as Master G. Sparanero of Italy, T.S. Arashikage...

Taekwondo Kids: From White Belt to Yellow/Green Belt

Taekwondo Kids, 2nd Ed provides you with the first practical guide to Taekwondo and has been specially written with children and youths in mind. The book uses simple, easily understood language and numerous appropriate illustrations suitable for children and youths, all the exercises can be carried out or practiced further without any difficulty.

Wing Chun Kung-fu Volume 1: Basic Forms & Principles (Chinese Martial Arts Library)

This series of books were put together by Smith as if he came up with this branch of thinking. He didn't but he puts forward the idea that he did. The pictures don't show Smith at all, they show Grandmaster "Felix Leong" who resides in Adelaide, who I don't think is ever mentioned in any of the books but deserves the credit. Basically what you get is Felix doing his thing and someone attempting to analyse it. Smith does a reasonable ...

Tai Chi Chuan: State of the Art in International Research

Tai Chi Chuan was originally developed as a form of martial arts and has been used for centuries in China as a health exercise. Today, millions of people in both Eastern and Western countries and cultures are practicing Tai Chi Chuan, which has been widely accepted as an exercise form for health and fitness benefits. This unique collection of current scientific research reflects the characteristics and beneficial effects of Tai Chi C...

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction (Tuttle Martial Arts)

This is a fantastic book, overall, though I am probably not experienced enough yet to fully utilize it. The techniques are fully illustrated, and there is text to back it up where it's less clear. Foundational techniques like the kote gaeshi are illustrated in great detail, then other techniques that are built off of it are less descriptive, but still show what's going on. This book illustrates the flow of the techniques well, and wh...