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    Japanese Martial Arts Reading Suggestion

    A while back I started putting together some recommended books for a frind of mine who was looking to do some serious research on Japanese Martial arts. Here's what I had at that time. I figured it might be worth posting here for anyone interested and to also get some additional suggestions from interested practitioners.
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    General Japanese History

    Japan: A Short Cultural History by G. B. Sansom
    Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol. One: From Earliest Times to 1600 by Wm. de Barry
    Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol. Two: 1600 to 2000 by Wm. de Barry, et. Al.
    Zen and Japanese Culture by D. T. Suzuki
    Samurai: An Illustrated History by Mitsuo KureGeneral Japanese Martial Arts History

    General Budo/Bujutsu History

    *Classical Bujutsu: Martial Arts and Ways of Japan Vol. 1 by Donn F. Draeger
    *Classical Budo: Martial Arts and Ways of Japan Vol.2 by Donn F. Draeger
    *Modern Bujutsu and Budo: Martial Arts and Ways of Japan Vol. 3 by Donn F. Draeger
    Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu by Serge Mol
    Sword and Spirit by Diane Skoss
    Koryu Bujutsu: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan by Diane Skoss
    Keiko Shokon: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan by Diane Skoss

    Judo

    Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano
    Mind over Muscle: Writings from the Founder of Judo by Jigoro Kano
    The Cannon of Judo: Classic Teachings on Principles and Techniques by Kyuzo Mifune
    Judo Formal Techniques by Tadoa Otaki and Donn F. Draeger
    The Secrets of Judo by Jiichi Watanabe and Lindy Avakian
    Judo Training Methods Takahiko Ishikawa and Donn F. Draeger

    Aikido

    Budo Training in Aikido by Morihei Ushiba
    Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido by Morihei Ueshiba
    The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba by Morihei Ueshiba

    Aikikai Style (Ueshiba Lineage)

    Best Aikido: The Fundamentals by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
    The Spirit of Aikido by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
    The Aikido Master Course: Best Aikido 2 by Moriteru Ueshiba
    The Art of Aikido: Principles and Essential Techniques by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
    Progressive Aikido: The Essential Elements by Moriteru Ueshiba

    Yoshinkan Style (Shioda Line)

    Dynamic Aikido by Gozo Shioda
    Total Aikido: The Master Course by Gozo Shioda
    Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques by Gozo Shioda

    Shodokan Style (Tomiki Line)

    Aikido: Tradition and New Tomiki Free Fighting Method by Nobuyoshi Higashi
    Koryu Aikido by Nobuyoshi Higashi
    Aikido: The Tomiki Way by Neil Saunders

    Ki Society (Tohei Line)

    Book of Ki: Co-ordinating Mind and Body in Daily Life by Koichi Tohei
    Ki in Daily Life by Koichi Tohei
    Kiatsu by Koichi Tohei
    Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training by C. M. Shifflett
    Ki in Aikido: A Sampler of Ki Exercises by C. M. Shifflett

    Kendo

    Kendo: The Definitive Guide by Hiroshi Ozawa
    Kendo: Elements, Rules, and Philosophy Jinichi Tokeshi

    Iaido

    Flashing Steel: Matering Eishin-ryu Swordsmanship by Masayuki Shimabukuro
    The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Eishin-ryu Iaido by Nichlaus Suino
    Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship by Nicklaus Suino

    Takamatsuden Arts

    The Way of the Ninja: Secret Techniques by Masaaki Hatsumi
    Samurai Fighting Arts: The Spirit and the Practice by Fumon Tanaka
    Stick Fighting by Masaaki Hatsumi and Quentin Chambers
    Advanced Stick Fighting by Masaaki Hatsumi
    Japanese Sword Fighting: Secrets of the Samurai by Masaaki Hatsumi
    Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu by Masaaki Hatsumi
    Ninpo Secrets by Shoto Tanemura
    Genbukan Ninpo Bugie Fundamental Taijutsu by Shoto Tanemura
    Kukishin Ryu Bujutsu by Kiba Koshiro
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    Classical Weaponary of Japan by Serge Mol
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    Here is another list you may want to look at:

    http://www.koryu.com/library/mskoss5.html
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    For Judo please edit in "My Judo" by Masahiko Kimura. He was the greatest Judoka that ever lived and his work shouldn't be ignored lightly. "There was none before Kimura, none after Kimura."
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    Ninjutsu: History and Tradition by Massaki Hatsumi
    Essense of Ninjutsu by Massaki Hatsumi

    The two most useful readings I've found on Ninjutsi. However, it should be noted that Essence of Ninjutsu actually goes over the history and tradition of Ninjutsu, and Ninjutsi: History and Tradition covers the basic aspects of both mordern Ninjutsu and Ninpo and the historical ninja.
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    Welcome to Bullshido, Japanophile section, fellow Masshole. What school/sensei? Do they have website? No particular reason other than you're a n00b from Boston. (I'll be there for St Patty's Day! Gotta love bein' even half Irish)

    And check out the Bullshido.com article on "Bujinkan Without the BS" Article and read the Bujinkan thread here, they're up yer alley and you should read up on 'em.
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    Here's a list from out buddies down at www.kyokushin4life.com:
    Osu everyone,

    I`ll start it off and edit this first post as much as possible (moderators/administrators can do the same).

    List of books concidered usefull reading

    Cat 1: Technique / training
    1) What is Karate (Mas Oyama)
    2) This is Karate (Mas Oyama)
    3) Advanced Karate (Mas Oyama)
    4) Boy`s Karate (Mas Oyama)
    5) Essential Karate (Mas Oyama) -also released under the names: "Karate school", "complete karate course" and "Classic karate".
    6) Kensan (Hatsuo Royama)
    7) Gokui (Hatsuo Royama)
    9) Kyokushinkai Kata And Self Defence Applications (Steve Arneil, Alexander Tanyushkin and Victor Fomin)
    10) Kyokushin Karate Kata Volume 1 (Steve Arneil)
    11) IFK Kyokushin Karate Kihon (Steve Arneil)
    12) Vital Karate (Mas Oyama)
    13) Kyokushin Karate Kata Volume 2 (Steve Arneil)
    14) The Fundamentals of Kyokushin Karate (Steve Arneil & Brian Fitkin)
    15) Absolute karate -Applications of Kyokushin (Howard Collins)
    16) Knockdown karate handbook (Howard Collins)
    17) Kyokushin kata (Brian Fitkin, as a 7th dan)
    18) Kyokushinkai karate kata book (Brian Fitkin, as a 4rth dan)
    19) Power karate vol 1&2 (David C. Cook) also printed in one volume as "Kyokushin karate".
    20) Fighting karate (Hideyuki Ashihara)
    21) More fighting karate (Hideyuki Ashihara)
    22) Sabaki Method -karate in the inner cirkle (Joko Ninomiya)
    23) Perfect karate (shigeru Oyama)
    24) Kyokushin karate self defense techniques (Bobby Lowe)
    25) Mas Oyamas karate (Bobby Lowe)
    26) Technique and spirit (Tadashi Nakamura) Also fits into category 2
    27) The Shodan (Howard Collins)

    Cat 2: Filosophy / Biography / Background info
    1) The kyokushin Way (Mas Oyama)
    2) My Journey in Karate (Joko Ninomia)
    3) Oyama The Legend, The Legacy (Michael Lorden)
    4) The Young Lions of Mas Oyama (Bobby Lowe)
    5) John Bluming Autobiography (John Bluming)
    6) The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama (Cameron Quinn)
    7) The Human Face Of Karate (Tadashi Nakamura)

    (Most notably ksan)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uri Shatil
    Ninjutsu: History and Tradition by Massaki Hatsumi
    Essense of Ninjutsu by Massaki Hatsumi

    The two most useful readings I've found on Ninjutsi. However, it should be noted that Essence of Ninjutsu actually goes over the history and tradition of Ninjutsu, and Ninjutsi: History and Tradition covers the basic aspects of both mordern Ninjutsu and Ninpo and the historical ninja.

    Who is your teacher for Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu?

    Those books are truely mediocore at best.
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    Actually, they weren't given to me by my teacher. They were among the more useful readings (I first read History and Tradition back when I was just beginning) that were not listed.
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    Hatsumi's recent hardcover books are better, more fleshed out sources, as far as the easily available materials go, then his previous books. _Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu_, which has been translated by Van Donk, is probably the best single volume on the methods of the Bujinkan and the source text for a lot of other publications.
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