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Good martial arts books

PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:16 pm
by Tye Botting
From the old forums...


Good martial arts books
Started at Fri Jan 30 01:14:17 2004 IP4.34.137.109 PLease suggest, or maybe just tell us your experience about, any martial arts books you may have or have come across.

Here's my list:
-Muscle/tendon changing and Marrow/Brain Washing by Yang Jwing Ming. Good 'scientific' analysis on chi kung.. my suggestion, keep an open mind when reading the book
-Hsing yi Chuan, also by YJM. A lot of photographs on techniques and applications
-Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na, by who else? YJM.. covers conditioning and applications
-Chi Kung for health and vitality, Wong Kiew Kit. Unlike the muscle/tendon book.. the exercises are simpler
-The art of Shaolin Kung fu, WKK (this book argues why a large amount of free sparring isnt the best way to learn martial arts.. and this is where I got the idea of 'controlled sparring' from)
-NINJA, by Stephen Hayes; there are about 3 books on the topic.

Currently looking for: bajiquan, bagua books

Tye Botting


Re: Good martial arts books
Reply #1 Posted at Wed Mar 3 16:13:39 2004 IP204.196.55.102 There's also a great book on Chin Na by Liang Shou-you.
People also often forget that there are a number of "fighting classics" out, most notably the Go Rin No Sho (Book of Five Rings), and Sun Tzu's "The Art of War".

I think I used to have most of these books listed in my store so you can find more information on them there if you like (or even order them, though lots of times you can just browse there and find the books elsewhere - which is fine by me).

I used to have specific selections chosen, but there are quite a number of really good books out there (among the trash), and the task just got to be too big to maintain. Hence the automatic selections now on that page.

Still, I have a fairly extensive MA book library, and I'm more than willing to comment on specific books if anyone has any questions.

thoughts on these books I own and slowly reading

PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 4:56 pm
by marchere
Sifu Botting,

What are your thoughts on these books? and anything to look for while reading...

Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu
Yang Jwing-Ming and Jeffery A. Bolt

The Art of Shaolin of Shaolin Kung Fu
Wong Kiew Kit

Taijiquan Theory of Dr. Yang Jwin-Ming: The Root of Taijiquan
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na: The Practical Defense of Chinese Seizing Arts for All Styles
Dr. Yang Jwin-Ming

The Complete Iron Palm
Brian Gray

Mastering Kung Fu: Featuring Shaolin Wing Chun
Garrett Gee, Benny Meng, Richard Loewenhagen

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique
Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie

Karate School
Mas Oyama

Training Manual: Modern taekwondo
Soon Man Lee & Gaetane Ricke

Tao Te Ching
Lao Tzo

My favorites on martial arts, philosophy, etc.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 12:44 am
by Adam Coats
Westbrook, Ratti
Secrets of the Samurai
Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere

Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na
Dr. Yang Jwing Ming

The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Bruce Lee

Keet Kune Do
Bruce Lee; John Little

The Unfettered Mind
Takuan Soho

The Book of Five Rings
Miyamoto Musashi

Insight Meditation and Others
Joseph Goldstein

The Three Pillars of Zen
Philip Kapleau

Tales of the Otori
Lian Hearn

Re: thoughts on these books I own and slowly reading

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:01 am
by Tye Botting
Hi Marc,

Most of Jwing-Ming's books on chin-na (qinna), applications, long fist and crane are quite good. His stuff on taiji is really good on the history-background-theory, and ok-to-pretty-good on technique and movement. I'm not personally a big fan at all of Wong Kiew Kit's book on shaolin or Brian Gray's book on Iron Palm. Don't know the Gee book, the BJJ book (though it's probably fine), nor the TKD book. Mas Oyamas is pretty good. And the Tao Te Ching is a must-read for MAists, as are Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) - the only thing is you have to watch the translation. Most are good though. The best are annotated specifically by/for MAists.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 12:54 am
by BenGarcia
Police Kung Fu
by Lo, Temple, and Veitich

Most of the moves are basic and deal with armed opponents, which is pretty cool, and it gets a tad repetive sometimes, but most of the moves can be applied to open-handed situations as well. It allows you to see a larger part of the picture, I think.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 2:32 pm
by BenGarcia
Does anyone know of some good ba gua books? I have one that is OK, but most others I've seen are pretty cursory.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 5:40 pm
by R O Dubl S
I just picked up a copy of Book of Five Rings, and it is one interpreted for for the martial artist. Also, I got a collection of three books, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Machiavelli's The Prince, and Frederick the Great's Instructions to his Generals.

art of war...

PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:57 am
by marchere
just picked up a copy of the the art of war today... so many translations to pick from....