What's your favorite martial art book?

Our favorite type of martial art book is the one which makes us think.

We love books that delve into the deeper meaning behind the arts.

Books that explore the 'do' or 'way' underneath all those kicks and strikes.

And books which help us find balance in our lives.

Will you agree with our choices?



Do you wonder how you become a master of your chosen art?

Are you looking forward to the day when you can sit and chill on the top of the martial arts mountain?

Will that day ever exist?

In his book 'Mastery', Aikido master George Leonard takes you along the path towards mastery of your chosen art.

He makes no promises about an easy ride, but follow his advice and surrender yourself to the process and the sky is the limit for you.

Most of all Leonard explores practice. If you want to understand why you do your basic moves over and over this is the book for you.


Last Kiss of the Butterfly is a beautiful novel.

Jill Hucklesby takes a deep look into the mind of taekwondo loving teenage girl Jaz and the gorgeous family and friends that surround her.

Hucklesby illustrates beautifully how martial arts training has given Jaz incredible resilience and inner strength - so that when adversity hits (in a big way) she has the tools to cope.

This novel will help teenagers to understand how martial arts training helps to build the strength they need to cope with life's tough challenges.


If you're interested in your health - physical, mental or spiritual - this is a book you need in your library.

Dr Craig Hassed is a GP. And his book is a fantastic, holistic overview of the health of the human body and mind.

Everything he says is backed up by research and is absolutely in the best interests of the reader.

A detailed and comprehensive book for anyone interested in getting healthy and staying that way.


Are you serious about your Taekwondo practice?

Then this is the book for you!

Tae Kwon Do, the Korean Martial Art, is old school Moo Duk Kwan - long stances and Japanese influenced technique. The author, Richard Chun, is one of the pioneers of Tae Kwon Do in America and 9th Dan Grand Master.

This book is a wealth of information for students white belt to black belt. The easy to read content gives clear and consice explanation. The illustrations....well, "a picture is worth a thousand words".

A great read and comprehensive reference on everything Taekwondo - history, philosophy, technique. Tae Kwon Do covers meditation , Pal-Gwe poomse, self defense, sparring (WTF), sport, equipment and more.

Want to learn how to do the handstand double foot kick?

Well, that's in here too!

Whether you are a student or instructor, this technical manual of Master Chun's 50 years of experience is a user friendly manual you shouldn't be without.

If you're practicing Tae-Guk patterms and want more black belt information, then read his next book - Advancing in Taekwondo.


The Book of Five Rings is an ancient but still relevant book for self-development.

Everyone should read this book!

The Book of Five Ring is an incredible guide on strategies to devotion, self-respect, discipline, honesty and purity of thought... all written in a no-nonsense style.

The Samari warrior Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645, still inspires and is actively studied for business, combat and simply all things related to outwitting an opponent - which sometimes can be yourself!

Not just for the practicing martial artist but for anyone looking to get ahead and overcoming adversaries in life.

Prepare to be enlightened!



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