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.
- Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts (Martial Science) (2015)
- Zen in the Martial Arts (1982)
- Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition (2011)
- Bodyweight Training for Martial Arts: Traditional Calisthenics Techniques for the Modern Martial Artist (2019)
- Footwork Wins Fights: The Footwork of Boxing, Kickboxing, Martial Arts & MMA (2018)
- The Martial Arts Teacher: A Practical Guide to a Noble Way (2017)
- The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw (2011)
- Martial Arts Wisdom: Quotes, Maxims, and Stories for Martial Artists and Warriors (2014)
- The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido (1992)
- Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts (2004)
Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts (Martial Science) (2015)
USA 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.
Zen in the Martial Arts (1982)
"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.
Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition (2011)
Compiled 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.
Bodyweight Training for Martial Arts: Traditional Calisthenics Techniques for the Modern Martial Artist (2019)
Bodyweight 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.
Footwork Wins Fights: The Footwork of Boxing, Kickboxing, Martial Arts & MMA (2018)
The 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.
The Martial Arts Teacher: A Practical Guide to a Noble Way (2017)
The 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.
The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw (2011)
THE 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.
Martial Arts Wisdom: Quotes, Maxims, and Stories for Martial Artists and Warriors (2014)
Martial 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.
The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido (1992)
These 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.
Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts (2004)
Ultimate 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.
Best Martial Arts Books That Will Hook You
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FUNDAMENTALS OF MARINE CORPS MARTIAL ARTS
Author(s): UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Martial Arts Center of Excellence
ID: 2795489, Publisher: UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Martial Arts Center of Excellence, Year: UNKNOWN, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
How Can I improve my Martial Arts Skills?: Increase Your Speed for Martial Arts and Fighting
Author(s): Hchang, Imad
ID: 2926532, Publisher: , Year: 231, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf
Understanding and Translating Chinese Martial Arts
Author(s): Dan Jiao, Defeng Li, Lingwei Meng,m Yuhong Peng
ID: 3635306, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2023, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
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.