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Reading and learning about the martial arts is an ongoing education. Over the years we have compiled a list of books and videos that represent the best of all topics. If you have any suggestions, sent us an email or comment on Facebook. * Links are Amazon Affiliate – As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

A Killing Art: The Untold History of TaeKwonDo – Alex Gillis

Absorb what is Useful Jet Kune Do Volume 2 – Danny Inosanto

Advanced Karate – Masutatsu Oyama

Aikido in Everyday Life – Terry Dobson

Aikido and the dynamic sphere: An Illustrated Guide – A. Westbrook

Angry White Pyjamas – by Robert Twigger

Art of War – Sun Tzu

Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts (Bushido – The Way of the Warrior) – Don Draeger

Autumn Lightning The Education of an American Samurai – Dave Lowery

Black Belt Patriotism – Chuck Norris

Book of 5 Rings – Musashi

Campfire Tales from Hell – Clint Overland

Classical Bujutsu – Donn Draeger

Tai Chi Qigong DVD – Dr. Yang Jwing- Ming

Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts  David A. Hall

Everyone communicates, few connect – John C Maxwell

Facing Violence Preparing for the Unexpected – by Rory Miller

Fear or Freedom: A Women’s Options in Social Survival and Physical Defense – Smith, Susan E.

Full-Contact Karate – Jean Yves Theriault

Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense – Susan Elgin

Fear the friend of exceptional people – Geoff Thompson

Watch my back – Geoff Thompson

Karate-Do , My Way of Life – Gichen Funikoshi’s

The Gift of Fear Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence -Gavin De Becker

In Search of the Warrior Spirit, Teaching Awareness Disciplines the Green Berets – Richard Strozzi-Hackler

INSIGHT 101 The Way of Big Power – Randy B. Haskins

Introduction to Combat Hapkido: The Science of Self-Defense – Michael P Rowe

Iron and Silk – Mark Salzman

Japanese Swordsmanship: Technique And Practice – Gordon Warner and Donn F. Draeger

Jiu Jitsu Complete – Kiyose Nakae

Keiko Shokon: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Vol. 3. – Diane Skoss, Editor

Kendo – The Definitive Guide – Hiroshi Ozawa and Tomiko Yamaguchi

Dead or Alive The Choice is Yours: The definitive Self Protection Handbook – Geoff Thompson

Koryu Bujutsu: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Vol. 1. Skoss, Editor

Living the Martial Way – Forrest E Morgan

Magic of Conflict – Tom Crum

Martial Musings: A Portrayal of Martial Artist in the 20th Century – Robert Smith

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment – George Leonard’s

Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence – Rory Miller

Modern Bujutsu and Budo Volume 3 Martial Arts and Ways of Japan – Donn Draeger

Moving Zen: Karate as a way to Gentleness – CW Nicol

Musashi’s Book Five Rings Explained – Peyton Quinn

Muye Dobo Tongji: Comprehensive Illustrated Manual of Martial Arts of Ancient Korea – Duk Moo Yi

My journey with the Grandmaster Reflections Od and American Artists on Okinawa – Bill Hayes, Major

On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace – Dave Grossman

On Killing, The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society – Dave Grossman

Real Fighting: Adrenaline Stress Conditioning Through Scenario-Based Training – Peyton Quinn

Red mist – Geoff Thompson

Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life – Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL

Samurai Wisdom: Lesson from Japan’s Warrior Culture (Five Classic Texts on Bushido) – Thomas Cleary

Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence – Rory Miller and Lawrence Kane

Sharpening the Warrior’s Edge – Bruce Siddle

Shin Gi Tai: Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit – Michael Clarke

Starting and Running your own Martial Arts School – Karen Levitz Vactor & Susan Lynn Peterson, PH,D.

Strong on Defense: Survival Rules to Protect you and your Family from Crime – Sanford Strong

Sword & Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Vol. 2. – Diane Skoss

Taekwondo – Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior – Doug Cook

Tao of Jeet Kune Do – Bruce Lee

Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff

Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff

20 Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master – Funakoshi

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance – Josh Waitzkin

Balisong: The Lethal Art Of Filipino Knife Fighting – Gary Cagaanan

The Book of Martial Power: The Universal Guide to the Combative Arts – Steven J. Pearlman

The Bouncer’s guide to Barroom Brawling: Dealing with the Sucker Puncher, Street Fighter, and Ambusher – Peyton Quinn:

The Buddhist Goddess Marishiten: A Study of the Evolution and Impact of her Cult on the Japanese Warrior – David Hall

The Techniques of the Manila Folder (Butterfly Manual) – Donald Bitanga

The definitive book of body Language – Allan and Barbara Pease

The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner’s Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways – Dave Lowry

The Fighting Spirit of Japan – E.J. Harrison

The Filipino Martial Arts – Danny Inosanto

The Gift of Fear – Gavin De Becker

The Karate Dojo: Traditions and Tales of a Martial Art – Peter Urban

The Kyokushin Way – Oyama’s Karate Philosophy – Masutatsu Oyama,

Solo Training: The Martial Artist’s Guide to Training Alone – Loren Christensen

The Spirit of Aikido – Kisshomaru Ueshiba

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief – Clair DAvies

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield

The Warrior Athlete – Dan Millman

The Warrior Is Silent – Martial Arts and the Spiritual Path – Scott Shaw, PhD

The Way of Sanchin Kata – Kris Wilder

This is Karate – Masutatsu Oyama

Truth About the Martial Arts Business – John Graden

Unante – John Sells

Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion – George Thompson

Way of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman

What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed Reading People – Joe Navarro

What is Karate – Masutatsu Oyama

Women in the Martial Arts – Carol Wiley

Zen in the Martial Arts – Joe Hymas


Out of print and hard to find

Karate, the Art of Empty Hand Fighting – Hidetaka Nishiyama
Musashi and Taiko – Eiji Yoshikawa