Thursday, December 8, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
A friend and former student of mine is studying Karate again. He wants to make sure that his study includes the proper analysis and application of Kata. To facilitate this the list of reading suggestions I have included below will be an excellent place to start. I would recommend these to anyone that wishes to better understand the martial arts in what I believe is their right context.
- The Way of Kata - Kris Wilder, Lawrence Kane
- Five Years, One Kata - Bill Burger
- The Way of Sanchin Kata - Kris Wilder
- Heian Flow System - J.W. Titchen
- Bunkai-Jutsu - Iain Abernethy
- Fighters Fact Book: Street Fighting Essentials - Loren Christiansen
- Fight Like a Physicist - Jason Thalken, PhD
- Training for Sudden Violence: 72 Practical Drills - Rory Miller
- Becoming a Complete Martial Artist - Mark MacYoung
- A Professionals Guide to Ending Violence Quickly - Mark MacYoung
- Meditations on Violence - Rory Miller
- Force Decisions - Rory Miller
- Facing Violence - Rory Miller
- The Little Black Book of Violence - Kris Wilder, Lawrence Kane
- On Combat - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
- On Killing - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
These are just some of the books I have in my collection and the nice part is that many of these authors continue to produce high-quality works. I would recommend the majority of the books published by YMAA as they are always great quality.
Another option will be to purchase the dvds and other video offers by these individuals. This by no means an exhaustive list of the great material that is out there. These are just a few of my favorites.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or additional suggestions to add to this list.