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Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook You

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Martial Arts books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts (Martial Science) (2015)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouUSA Best Books Award WINNER – 2015Fight Like a Physicist provides an in-depth, sometimes whimsical look into the physics behind martial arts for sport and self-defense. Whether you are an experienced martial artist or a curious enthusiast, this book can give you an "unfair advantage" by unraveling the complex science of effective fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work.In addition to breaking down the principles behind the punches, Dr. Thalken, a computational physicist with a long history of martial arts across various styles, applies the…
Author(s): Jason Thalken

2. Zen in the Martial Arts (1982)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook You"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."–Samurai Maximum.Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in…
Author(s): Joe Hyams

3. Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition (2011)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouCompiled from Bruce Lee’s notes and essays and originally published in 1975, this iconic volume is one of the seminal martial arts guides of its time. The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself—jeet kune do—is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee’s own illustrations. With the collaboration of Lee’s daughter, Shannon, and Bruce Lee Enterprises, this new edition is expanded, updated, and remastered, covering topics such as Zen and enlightenment, kicking, striking, grappling, and footwork. Featuring an introduction by Linda Lee,…
Author(s): Bruce Lee

4. Bodyweight Training for Martial Arts: Traditional Calisthenics Techniques for the Modern Martial Artist (2019)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouBodyweight Training for Martial Arts is the ultimate solution for the modern martial artist looking to maximize their potential without spending a lot of time, money and energy in a crowded gym. This unique progressive approach ensures you can work at your own level while also focusing on the essential functional assets you need as a martial artist. A lack of conditioning will always hold you back no matter how many kicks you throw or rounds you spar. The simple methods and routines in this book will ensure you won’t be caught flat-footed in the ring or real life. #491,030 in Books (See Top 100 in…
Author(s): Matt Schifferle

5. Footwork Wins Fights: The Footwork of Boxing, Kickboxing, Martial Arts & MMA (2018)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouThe first comprehensive book on footwork in martial arts covers everything you need to know to take your training to the next level. Footwork Wins Fights goes into great detail on everything you need to know about footwork, from: *Body Mechanics Basic and Clear Rules on how to move efficiently. *Comprehensive List of Footwork – Beginner To Advanced In depth explanations from the very basics all the way to the advanced footwork of great masters like Dominick Cruz, Willie Pep and Mike Tyson. *Superior Positions Learn which positions leave you least vulnerable and most likely to land strikes and secure…
Author(s): David Christian

6. The Martial Arts Teacher: A Practical Guide to a Noble Way (2017)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouThe teaching of martial arts can be one of the noblest professions, but bears with it some of the most unique and surprising challenges imaginable. In this special book, best-selling author shifu Jonathan Bluestein reveals in great detail the manner in which this wonderful occupation and life-mission may be carried out with great success and joy. Written for martial arts teachers of any style, practicing or aspiring, this exceptional work is guaranteed to provide you with solid and easily applicable life-changing advice. With this exceptional book, be the best that you can become! #836,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2255…
Author(s): Bluestein Shifu, Jonathan

7. The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw (2011)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouTHE ULTIMATE TRAINING SUPPLEMENT FOR MARTIAL ARTISTSWith detailed anatomical drawings, this book precisely illustrates the inner workings of your body during key martial arts moves. Its color drawings, helpful photos and clear text make it easy to identify the specific muscles you need to train for maximum speed, power and accuracy. More than just an anatomy book, each section is accompanied by exercises and stretches to strengthen muscles, prevent injury and improve form.•Kicks•Strikes•Takedowns•ThrowsThe Anatomy of Martial Arts is designed for a variety of disciplines, including:…
Author(s): Norman Link , Lily Chou , et al.

8. Martial Arts Wisdom: Quotes, Maxims, and Stories for Martial Artists and Warriors (2014)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouMartial Arts Wisdom is the most extensive quote book on the market for martial artists, warriors, law enforcement officers, and military personnel.It contains over 800 quotes, maxims, and stories, compiled specifically for martial artists and warriors. Never before has any one book contained such an amazing amount of wisdom from so many different martial arts masters, sages & enlightened teachers!The wisdom contained in Martial Arts Wisdom will guide you on your martial arts path and will teach you valuable lessons about the martial arts, self-defense, and living life to the fullest with honor,…
Author(s): Sanders Ph.D., Bohdi

9. The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido (1992)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouThese inspirational teachings show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art known as Aikido, The Art of Peace, presented here in a pocket-sized edition, offers a nonviolent way to victory and a convincing counterpoint to such classics as Musashi’s Book of Five Rings and Sun Tzu’s Art of War. #8,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5 in Martial Arts (Books) #30 in Consciousness &…
Author(s): Morihei Ueshiba, John Stevens

10. Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts (2004)

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook YouUltimate Flexibility is the book you’ve been waiting for. More than a collection of exercises or an explanation of technique, Ultimate Flexibility is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice. Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H Kim, Ultimate Flexibility is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Begin with an in depth look at the hows and whys of flexibility and stretching. Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are…
Author(s): Sang H. Kim

Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some martial arts books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Japan the Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen

Author(s): Alexander Bennett
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 85 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2327960

Martial Structure: How to Maximize Your Martial Arts Skills through Body Alignment, Movement, and Breathing

Author(s): Phillip Starr
Publisher: Blue Snake Books, Year: 2018, Size: 10 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2330320

The Latter Stage Jeet Kune Do: The Beginner’s Guide to the Martial Arts Developed by Bruce Lee

Author(s): K G Pua; Andy Kunz; Ernie Valenzuela
Publisher: Cyborg Press, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2339613

Biomechanics of Human Motion: Applications in the Martial Arts, Second Edition

Author(s): Emeric Arus Ph.D
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2017, Size: 15 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2177414

Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body

Author(s): David-Dorian Ross
Publisher: The Teaching Company, Year: 2017, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2224297

Ultimate Conditioning for Martial Arts

Author(s): Loren Landow
Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1456375

Ultimate conditioning for martial arts

Author(s): Landow, Loren
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Year: 2016, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1504829

Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries)

Author(s): Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst, Timothy Dawson
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1529671

Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, and Tactics

Author(s): Andrew Zerling
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Year: 2016, Size: 45 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1613512

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly hot items according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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