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Barry O'Sullivan
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Reading material recommendations.

Evening all,

As my time has been freed up lately I'm starting to read again on a regular basis. To cut a long story short could any of you be kind enough to point me in the right direction for any good Karate (or any good martial arts books) whether they be instructional or memoirs. I've got a decent sized library already so may of already read what's recommended but I'm sure there's many that I haven't. 

Many thanks and best regards 

Barry O

Elmar
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Well, I can always be crass and suggest my books :)  To be specific, if you want a primer for kata analysis written 10+ years ago for the audience of classical shotokan practicioners (using the 3 tekki kata), then what I wrote might be of use.  If you want a primer on shotokan kihon, etc., the other book I wrote might be useful as well.  I can post the links if there is interest and if the moderator is not opposed :) - Elmar

Marcus_1
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Anything by Gichin Funakoshi (Karate-Do my way of like, Kyohan etc) - but I guess you may have them already

Waking Dragons

Working with Dragons

Blue Eyed Samurai

Anything by Geoff Thompson

I am currently reading the translation of The Bubishi by Patrick McCarthy which (so far) is excellent reading!

Hope that helps

Wastelander
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Well, I'm going to assume that Iain's books are a given, since we're on his forum :P

I always highly recommend Bill Hayes Sensei's book, My Journey with the Grandmaster. It's a memoir about his time training on Okinawa during his military service, and it's an excellent read. You can't get it on Amazon for a reasonable price, but you can order it directly: http://www.ikigaiway.com/2014/new-printing-of-my-journey-with-the-grandm...

Another book I always recommend is Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder Sensei's book, The Way of Kata, which is instructional in nature and a great resource for those looking to explore their kata.

Andreas Quast's Karate 1.0 is the definitive karate history textbook, which is a good reference to have.

Iain Abernethy
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Barry O'Sullivan wrote:
… could any of you be kind enough to point me in the right direction for any good Karate (or any good martial arts books) whether they be instructional or memoirs

I did a podcast a few years ago on recommended reading (“10 Books for the Pragmatic Karateka”) which you may find useful:

https://iainabernethy.co.uk/content/bonus-podcast-10-books-pragmatic-karateka

The books discussed in that podcast are:

Karate-Do: My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi

The Way of Kata by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane

Streetwise by Peter Consterdine

Dead or Alive by Geoff Thompson

Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller

Karate-Do Kyohan by Gichin Funakoshi (Neptune Publications edition)

Karate-Do Taikan translated by Mario McKenna

Four Shades of Black by Gavin Mulholland

The Bubishi (as translated by both Patrick McCarthy & George Alexander)

Pavement Arena by Geoff Thompson

You will also find loads of recommendations in the “Recommended” section of this forum:

https://iainabernethy.co.uk/forums/recommended-section

You can’t beat a good book, but also remember all the online content there is to read. My articles section will keep you busy. There’s also Noah’s blog (http://www.karateobsession.com/), John Titchen’s blog (https://johntitchen.wordpress.com/), and loads more besides.

Wastelander wrote:
Andreas Quast's Karate 1.0 is the definitive karate history textbook, which is a good reference to have.

You’re the second person this week to recommend that book to me so a copy has been ordered :-)

Elmar wrote:
I can post the links if there is interest and if the moderator is not opposed :) - Elmar

I’m never opposed to good information being shared. Please do post links :-)

All the best,

Iain

Barry O'Sullivan
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Brilliant! Thanks for the responses gents, that's a vast list for me to have a look at. I already own a few mentioned but there's lots I haven't.

Iain I'm a newbie to your podcasts (only actually started Monday morning listening to them in my van) so working my way through them. Your podcast of de-escalation is one of my personal favourites so far and I think if people just listen to that 30 odd minutes it could be the difference in a potential situation.

Thanks again and feel free to share any links or information that would be of interest.

Barry 

Elmar
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Iain Abernethy wrote:

Elmar wrote:
I can post the links if there is interest and if the moderator is not opposed :) - Elmar

I’m never opposed to good information being shared. Please do post links :-)

All the best,

Iain

Thanks, Iain, but it is always polite (imho) to ask first :) - here are the links:

Advanced Karate-Do $17.95 (188 left)   http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0911921354   The Tekki Series $16.95 (16 left)   http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0911921362

[edited to add] forgot the one somld by Trafford https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1412013577/102-5704187-8500951#p...

- Elmar

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Iain Abernethy
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Barry O'Sullivan wrote:
Iain I'm a newbie to your podcasts (only actually started Monday morning listening to them in my van) so working my way through them. Your podcast of de-escalation is one of my personal favourites so far and I think if people just listen to that 30 odd minutes it could be the difference in a potential situation.

I’m pleased you liked that one! One of the most important topics I’ve covered.

Thanks for the support of the podcasts and I hope you enjoy working through them.

All the best,

Iain

Marc
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On my website I keep a list of karate relevant books that I liked.

See: http://www.kata-karate.de/index.php/quellen/en

Most are in English, some are in German.

I just finished "ConCom: Conflict Communication" by Rory Miller and Marc MacYoung, which will definitely go on the list. - A very useful book.

At the moment I'm reading "Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence" by Rory Miller and Lawrence Kane. Another sure candidate for the list.  

Barry O'Sullivan
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Thanks Marc

That's an impressive list on your website. 

Iain's "Bunkai Jutsu" is a classic. That's one that gets dipped into often. The same with "Dynamic Karate" by Master Naykayama.

All the best 

Kevin73
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I will second "Blue Eyed Samurai" (got it for my kindle).  Very good read about being in the Uchi-Deshi program under Oyama in Japan.

The Way of Knockdown by Chamberlin, also on kindle.  Good bio about karate in the 60's in england

My Journey in Karate by Ninmiya, autobiography on the founder of Enshin karate

George Mattson has a 4 volume kindle book series on Uechi-Ryu and his time training there and brining karate/uechi-ryu to the US after his time in the military.  Good over view of Okinawan training etc.

I enjoy the biography type books more so than the "how to" type books.