Reading List

I was curious about what people read around the subject of martial arts, fitness and training. I put a shout out on Facebook asking for their top recommendations and these are the recommendations from people with big shelves rammed with books on the subject.

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Recommended reading for every martial artist

John Sherman – Better Bouldering

Eric Horst – Flash Training

The Shotokan Karate Handbook: Beginner to Black Belt (Fifth Edition)[Paperback] – Gursharan Sahota

A Fighter’s Heart (also the follow up ‘A fighters mind’) – Sam Sheridan

Triphasic Training  –  Cal Dietz.

Ross Enamait –  Infinite Intensity

Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text – Gichin Funakos

The Book of Five Rings Book – Miyamoto Musashi

THE BOOK OF MARTIAL POWER – stephen pearlman

Krav Maga: An essential guide to the renowned method for fitness and self-defence: A Complete Guide for Fitness and Self-defence – David Kahn

Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence – Sgt. Rory Miller

Jiu Jitsu university – Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell

Angry White Pyjamas –  Robert Twigger

Anything by Bruce Lee


My little part shelf on the subject contains the following

Why I fight – BJ Penn

The Fighters Mind – Sam Sheridan (I have the fighters heart on kindle)

Boxing Fitness – Ian Oliver

The Anatomy of Stretching – Brad Walker

The Book of Martial Power – Stephen Pearlman

The lost second book of Nicoletto Giganti – translated by Pim Terminiello and Josh Pendgragon (disclaimer, I published this, but the original MS was missing for 400 years)

Broadsword and Singlestick – R.G. Allanson-Winn & C.Phillipps-Wolley

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If that lot isn’t enough is was a subject of discussion on martial arts planet and a number of people posted their top ten.


About Aunty Fox

'Fox Spirit is the crazy young aunt who dances in the rain and conjures fantastic worlds out of cardboard boxes, loo rolls and sellotape'
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