Thread: Martial Arts bibles
4/21/2006 2:52pm, #41
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I used to read the philosophy books, but now I tend to stick to the technique books. The more pictures and detail close-ups, the better.:google:
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4/21/2006 4:36pm, #42Originally Posted by Darkpaladin
I don't know if techniques books are extremely useful to me in terms of learning new techniques, but they're a nice visualization supplement. Also, they get me thinking and sometimes give me new ways of setting stuff up.
Off the topic at hand, I'll read just about anything if I consider it to be essential to being a well-read individual or if I find the book to be interesting. However, I am under no illusions that The Art of War is in any way more relevant to my BJJ training than Plato's Republic is.
*Articles like Thorton's have always been more useful to me as a way of explaining to other people why I train what I train, or why they should think about training a different way than they currently do.
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4/21/2006 4:49pm, #43
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The closest things to a MA bible have been the following three:
- Best Judo
- The Secrets of Judo
- Mastering Judo
... as well as...
- "Relax into Stretch : Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension" by Pavel Tsatsouline.
I got Musashi's "5 ring" book thing back in college, more than 10 years ago. I read half of it, and then closed it to never see it again. I keep it in my bookshelf with a whole bunch of esoteric books. They help make me look intellectual :tongue3:
There is one book that I've found interesting, "Boxing Mastery" by Matt Hatmaker, plus I'm planning to buy 'The Secrets of Kali Ilustrisimo'... been reading bit by bit whenever I go get some coffee at B&N. I like the way it explains triangular footwork.
Another book that I read whenever I go get coffee at B&N is "Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai". Interesting book, but not interesting enough for me to buy it.
... oh, I'm going to sacrifice like $9 and buy Ashida Kim's "Secrets of The Ninja"... yeah, you heard that right. I tell you man, that **** is unbelievable. I want do to a compilation of his wackiest claims in that book. What can I say, I have an apetite for sad **** every once in a while.Read this for flexibility and injury prevention, this, this and this for supplementation, this on grip conditioning, and this on staph. New: On strenght standards, relationships and structural balance. Shoulder problems? Read this.
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4/21/2006 8:13pm, #44Originally Posted by Chushin Ryoku
4/21/2006 8:45pm, #45
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Richard Kim's "The Classical Man" is an enjoyable read, not so much about techniques or philosophy just fun stories and experiences.
What ever you do make sure you get a good heavy book. That way you can always use it to hit someone with.
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