Martial Arts bibles
Hey. Okay, the main reason I signed up to this forum is to learn, and I have a question that I want to draw on the obvious wealth of knowlege of the posters here.
Basically, I want to know what you guys think about these martial arts bibles. Im sure youve all encountered them. Books that every martial artist has to have on their shelf.
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Miyamoto Musashi - The book of five rings
Bruce Lee - Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Now, Of course these are important texts from a scholarly point of view, but is there any point for the average martial artist to read them? Like, would I have to sit down and spend countless hours decrypting ancient philosophical anecdotes and realise the only thing Ive gained from them is a greater understanding of time wasted, or could I actually read them and come away with legitimate concepts to explore in my training. And If so, what books should I read?
Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere.
The Fighters Notebook.
Those three served me very well in my early studies. I have shelves full of obscure and relatively uninfluential books. Both those 3 had a profound influence.
Your first two are philosophy books? Must read for average MA? No. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is a bunch of personal notes, much like a notebook or diary, from a relatively advanced martial artist. Interesting to see where some of his ideas came from, but to de-construct you need to have a solid basis to begin with, so again, not a must have for an average martial artist. All three can come in later.
Originally Posted by Godhand88
With a screen name like Godhand, choose the appropriate books for your particular art(kyokushin?) Best Judo is awesome, but not great if you are in a striking art.
Having read two of those three I would hardly find them NECESSARY for any martial artist to have. They do raise some nice points of interest, but personally I find books can never provide much more than a small supplement to live instruction.
Originally Posted by Godhand88
As someone who majored in Philosophy with a concentration on East Asian Martial Philosophy, I would recommend...
That you don't waste your time.
Unless you are specifically interested in the thoughts of martial artists of the past or it has some bearing on your individual studies, there's not much point.
That said...I had to read the following to graduate:
Analects of Confuse-us
The Diamond Sutra
Go Rin no Sho
The Unfettered Mind
I'm probably forgetting a few...
Originally Posted by babo78
Right before practice.
I found aikido and the dynamic sphere to be a great book to read. Even if you dont train in aikido. The books you listed really have no martial instruction in them. I'd suggest books with instruction in them. Its not our job to be scholars, its our job to know the most effective way to put someone on their ass.
These i find to be essensials. And if nothing else, they are great books.
The Unffetered Mind
Living the Martial Way
The Lone Samurai
Japanese Swordfighting: The Secrets of the Samurai
I found remembering O'Sensei to be the most boring book I ever tried to read. It was like talking to my grandfather about the good old days.