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    MA history reading list

    Can anyone suggest any good books on the history of martial arts?

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    anything about Mas Oyama is a good read. Bull killing FTW.

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    You need to be a bit more exact. Are you looking for a "unified" history of the Martial Arts? If so, good luck finding one. Even better luck finding an accurate one. Part of the reason for this is that there is no unified history of MA. Many emerged independently in different areas of the world.

    Now there are a number of worthy histories of various individual or national arts. But I doubt you'll find any accurate history of all martial arts.

    So I suggest refining the question and taking another pass.

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    Have you read Ashida Kim's scholarly works?






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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Bernius
    You need to be a bit more exact. Are you looking for a "unified" history of the Martial Arts? If so, good luck finding one. Even better luck finding an accurate one. Part of the reason for this is that there is no unified history of MA. Many emerged independently in different areas of the world.

    Now there are a number of worthy histories of various individual or national arts. But I doubt you'll find any accurate history of all martial arts.

    So I suggest refining the question and taking another pass.

    - Matt
    Actually, any art would be fine, but I'm specifically looking for stuff published eariler (in English) that doesn't involve Western boxing or wrestling.

    I'd also be interested in say, encyclopedia-type works.

    For those who are curious, I'm looking for stuff to request for my local library.

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    Ok, then my suggestion is to look into these author's work:

    Donn Draeger

    Robert Smith

    Harry Cook

    Mark Wiley

    Also request books written by founders of respected arts. Kano's books and Oyama's are good examples of that. Funikoshi's work is wort h looking into as well.

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    from the Kano history book liniage you can also look to H. Irving Hancock and/or Katsukuma Higashi.

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    The only decent Encyclopedia I know of is:

    John Corcoran and Emil Farkas, The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia (Pro Action Publishing, Los Angeles, 1993). This is the slightly revised version of a text that was written in the early 1980s and is pre UFC. Even though it is approaching 30 years old there is still some good material in it.

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    Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo; Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: a Historical Survey, published by North Atlantic Books. The reviews were good and I like the book a lot....well, that may have something to do with the fact I wrote it.

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