Recommended Books

I hope it goes without saying that no amount of reading books or watching videos can replace proper practice in the dojo. However, for those who have some extra time and wish to do their own homework, some of the recourses below should enhance your understanding of karate & budo.  For the more mature or advanced student, there are some aspects of karate, such as it's history and philosophy, that may require them to conduct their own research.

There are a myriad of books on the market today on karate & the martial arts. Below are some of those that "I" consider to be better titles about the subject. Dealing with Basics, Kumite, Kata, self-defence and also history & philosophy. I have also some self improvement books on Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), Conflict Management & Personal Security.

Be sure to check out the reviews before you buy. I have bought hundreds of books and spent years researching the subjects below - in my opinion, these are the cream of their respective fields. If they're not on here, you can be sure I've read them and left them off the lists on purpose!!

Lastly, I KNOW that there are a lot of books in the lists below. They are only intended as an guide as to the best ones covering "our" subject of interest & study, I've already made the mistake of buying all the "worst" books, I hope here to offer you a choice of "good" titles so that you don't waste any of your money and time searching.

Be sure to check out my book reviews here;-

Terry Tozer "" (Reading, UK) - See my Amazon reviews
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New Book Titles

New Book Titles

Introduction to Karate

David Mitchell

Basic Titles

Gursharan Sahota

Advanced Titles

Gursharan Sahota

Best Sellers

Aura, Ki & Healing

Titles for Children

Karate for Kids (Martial Arts for Kids Series)

History & Philosophy

Shotokan Karate History

Gichin Funakoshi

Gichin Funakoshi

Stretching / Fitness / Diet

Bob Anderson, Jean Anderson

My Top 10

25 Shoto-kan Kata

Budo (Martial Art) Classics

Bushido - The Soul of Japan

Rare Books

Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters

Self Defence, Conflict Management

& Personal Security

Streetwise: Manual of Personal Security & Self Defence by Peter Consterdine

Teaching / Coaching

Teaching Martial Arts: The Way of the Master

Titles for Women

Martial Arts for Women: A Practical Guide



Diet & Food

The Fighter's Body: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts

Self Help

Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence

My Coffee Table

UNANTE "The Secrets of Karate" 2nd Edition by John Sells

Zen Books

Zen iin Martial Arts

First Aid

Emergency First Aid Manual & quick reference booket

Hirokazu Kanazawa

Hirokazu Kanazawa

Nakayama Masatoshi

Nakayama Masatoshi

Enoeda Keinosuke

Enoeda Keinosuke

Thomas M. White

Three Golden Pearls on a String

Books on Okinawan Karate

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Randall G. Hassell

Karate Ideals

Book of Five Rings

Book of Five Rings

Ki, Chi, Qui & Energy

Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts

William Scott Wilson

William Scott Wilson

Dave Lowry

Dave Lowry

Thomas Cleary

Thomas Cleary

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy

Harry Cook

Harry Cook

Fiore Tartaglia

Shotokan Karate-Do

Learn Karate for a

"Better Way of Life!"

Famous Karate Masters

Samurai Titles

Karate Spirit

Wish List

TJSKA Storefront on Amazon

Hagakure: Book of the Samurai

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