List of Best Martial Arts Books
Here is our selection of the best martial arts books ever published. These are our favorite martial arts books and cover a wide range of martial arts techniques, styles and kata. They will help you to learn more about your existing martial arts style and discover new martial arts systems & techniques.
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Best Martial Arts Books
Our favorite martial arts books!
- Advanced Brazilian Jiujitsu Techniques - This BJJ book discards "the techniques that didn't work on larger, stronger opponents. What you are left with is a highly effective and efficient system of grappling that works for and on everyone".
- The Art of War - The famous book on strategy and tactics from Sun Tzu (China's best known strategist).
- The Book of Five Rings - A legendary book on martial arts strategy and tactics by Japan's most famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi.
- Bruce Lee's Fighting Method - This book "explains how to survive attacks on the street, increase training awareness, and develop body movements".
- Complete Krav Maga - An book with detailed instructions and pictures for a huge range of Krav Maga techniques.
- The Fighter's Body: An Owner's Manual: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts - Author Loren Christensen and personal trainer Wim Demeere "combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be".
- Jiu-Jitsu University - 5 star book focused on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) techniques.
- Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano - Covering everything from the fundamental techniques to prearranged formal exercises for both men and women, this book offers detailed explanations of how Judo techniques are combined in two types of practice: randori (free practice) and kata (the practice of forms).
- Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think - This book provides a "step-by-step approach to applying the Japanese warrior's mind set to martial training and daily life."
- The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program: The Complete Combat System - The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program "draws from the best martial arts techniques of boxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, sambo, krav maga, karate, aikido, escrima, arnis, hap ki do, karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, and kick boxing. Fighting techniques including: battle skill orientation; stance; posture; movement; weapons handling and function; striking; cutting; grappling; restraints and manipulations; and integration of weapons".
- Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era - This novel looks at the legendary Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi is also known for his use of two swords during battles (versus the typical one sword used by a samurai).
- Taekwondo: State of the Art - Excellent book focused on Taekwondo with illustrated instructions for WTF forms.
- The Tao of Jeet Kune Do - This book focuses on Jeet Kune Do, the martial arts style created by Bruce Lee. "The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself—jeet kune do—is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee’s own illustrations".
- 25 Shoto-Kan Kata - 5 star book that helps you to learn kata for Shotokan Karate. This book provides details for each kata movement including timing, rhythm, stances, foot placement, etc.
- Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts - Ultimate Flexibility "is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice".
- Zen in the Martial Arts The author shows how the "daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition".
Martial arts books that are frequently purchased by our visitors.
Bruce Lee Books
Diet & Nutrition Books for Martial Artists
Eskrima Books, Arnis Books, etc.
Kid Books - Great martial arts books for kids
- Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja - The "Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja" focuses on a scrawny kid recruited into a Ninja clan. This humorous and highly-rated book is geared towards kids aged 9-12.
- The Five Ancestors - This martial arts fiction series is for pre-teens and focuses on a number of young Kung Fu monks.
- The Three Ninja Pigs - The three little pigs use martial arts to take on the big bad wolf! Very popular 5 star rated book for kids.
- Young Samurai - This book is geared more towards pre-teens and young teenagers. Plot summary - "August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior."
- Other martial arts books for kids
Krav Maga Books
Kung Fu Books (i.e. Shaolin Books)
Military Martial Arts Books
Mixed Martial Arts Books
Muay Thai Books
Physical Fitness Books
Stretching & Flexibility Books
- Beyond Kicking: A Complete Guide to Stretching and Kicking - This book states "Along with super stretching secrets, you'll learn how to use your flexibility to improve kicking techniques".
- Dynamic Stretching & Kicking - This stretching book is by the famous martial artist, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace.
- Full-Body Flexibility - This book "blends the best of yoga, Pilates, martial arts, and sport training".
- The Martial Artist's Book of Yoga: Improve Flexibility, Balance and Strength for Higher Kicks, Faster Strikes, Smoother Throws, Safer Falls, and Stronger Stances - This books focuses on how yoga can improve your martial arts flexibility.
- Plyo-Flex: Plyometrics and Flexibility Training for Explosive Martial Arts Kicks and Performance Sports
- Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts - This stretching book is specifically targeted to martial artists.
- Other Books on Martial Arts Stretching & Flexibility
Tai Chi Books
Tang Soo Do Books
Weapons - Books on Traditional Martial Arts Weapons
Wing Chun Books
Books on Katas, Forms, Patterns, Chuan, etc.
Books for Balance Training
Books for Female Martial Artists
Books - Martial Arts Books for Children
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