These are the 4 most fundamental books of my martial arts journey.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful guide to the art of self-defense using leverage, technique, and timing both standing (gotta get to the ground somehow)
and emphasizing ground-fighting. Helio Gracie's legacy can be felt in every Jiu-Jitsu academy everywhere in the world. It is absolutely
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do incorporates the philosophy and techniques of Master Bruce Lee. It isn't just a manual of hand to hand fighting. It is a
principle based approach to incorporating the most effective techniques of various martial arts to create a more well rounded martial artist. It could
be viewed as the first true manual to modern MMA.
The Book of Five Rings is Miyamoto Musashi's collective knowledge of strategy and philosophy at the individual level that will solidify in you as you
internalize his ancient meditations. Strategic thinking is not something limited to the leaders of armies. In fact, I believe Musashi would argue that
strategy is more fundamental to the individual warrior than to whole armies on the march.
The Bubishi is considered the bible of Karate. Karate's fundamental techniques can be seen here. This book has no author (originally) and is a
collection of Monk Fist and Southern White Crane Gong Fu styles that formed the basis of modern Karate, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Kempo and others.
If you're embarking on a journey to better yourself as a philosopher and warrior look no further than these four fundamental texts in the art of
combat. Following the principles and techniques of these texts will help you get in shape, help you protect yourself, and in doing so help you
understand yourself better.
These things lead to less anxiety, less fear, and far more confidence than you could imagine.
Embark on your own journey. Start with these books. You won't regret it.
For those who are curious:
I've been a martial artist for 30 years. My background is Chu'an Fa(American Kempo), Wing Chun, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I currently hold a
black belt in Chu'an Fa, a black belt in Wing Chun (most academies for WC don't use belt systems, mine did), and currently hold a blue belt in
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