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    My favorite book on the martial arts is "Living the Martial Way" by Forrest E. Morgan. It has some history, but zeros in on many things a martial artist should consider in his or her day to day living. It's very heavy on the Japanese concept of honor, and stresses the TJMA viewpoint, but is also very fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbastard
    Can anyone suggest any good books on the history of martial arts?
    I would like to suggest to you Okinawan karate : teachers, styles, and secret techniques / Mark Bishop. It has history and traceable linage lines to and from other styles. This well be my last post on this subject although there are plenty of good books out there start here.:5flowerfa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbastard
    Can anyone suggest any good books on the history of martial arts?
    Anything by Serge Mol.

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    Just about anything from Don F. Draeger is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianlkennedy
    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.
    I'll second this. It's an excellent and interesting collection. I have yet to give it a close read, but what I've seen, I've liked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Bernius
    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.

    - Matt

    Big big second on Robert Smith. His book Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods is enormously entertaining, and a look at what TMA should be.
    sudo make me a sandwich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARTIALSTUDANT
    I would like to suggest to you Okinawan karate : teachers, styles, and secret techniques / Mark Bishop. It has history and traceable linage lines to and from other styles. This well be my last post on this subject although there are plenty of good books out there start here.:5flowerfa

    One of the best books on the history of martial arts!!!

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    Anything by Tom Green.
    What am I?:

    I am ignorant, thieving, lying, hypocrital, violent and thoroughly self obssessed. I steal from others to make myself look better, only to make the item or information worse.

    I go on and on and ON about how brave and strong and brilliant and wealthy I am, but in the end I'm all mouth and no trousers.

    That's right children, I'm your average AMERICUNT! and I exemplify AMERICA!:911flag:

    :occasion1

    JohnnyCache's "retort" proving how much he knows about medicine and geography and First World countries:
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/show...=78188&page=22

    Yes, through persistent lack of work and the cultivation of ignorance, he is a true American.

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    Why waste money? Simply print out all of Dr Tsun Tsu's posts and hey presto, a 5000-page volume all about _ing _un.

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    Its specifically related to Japan, but you could try The Fighting Spirit of Japan by EJ Harrison, first published way back in 1913. Harrison was an English judoka who worked in Japan as a journalist around the turn of the century: he covers judo, aikido etc in the course of the book, but also spends a significant portion of it discussing his impressions of Japanese culture. Its a fairly entertaining read, if rather dated.

    Draeger and Smith's Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts is another interesting read, though again its a little dated (from the late 1960s), with some strange views on styles like muay thai.

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