Recommended Books & DVD’s
I’m sometimes asked about further reading/viewing by those wanting to increase their understanding of martial arts & self protection. I therefore recommend the books and DVD’s below. I have actually met and trained with (and in some cases interviewed) some of the authors and can honestly vouch that they know their stuff. The books/DVD’s are linked to Amazon and I do get a small commission at no extra cost to you.
By Iain Abernethy, who I have had the pleasure of training with several times & undoubtedly one of the very best at applied Karate.
Unfortunately this book is out of print now so getting a bit expensive, but well worth a read
FROM SHOTOKAN TO THE STREETS
How to make your training fit for real world self protection (not just for sport). Despite the title, I’d recommend it for all styles.
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Interview with author Andi Kidd.
This is the only book I’ve ever read cover to cover, then gone back and read a second time straight away. It’s that good. It gives a detailed historical background to the Okinawan Kings bodyguards; looks at what the challenges they faced & what would be their requirements for a fighting system. Then discusses how Shotokan very closely fits that requirement. A real eye opener. Some background at this post on Why Karate Developed Linear Technique.
A very insightful look by a Japanese master, at Karate myths that have been passed down and accepted through the years without really being examined. Refreshingly open and honest.
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Interview with author Shihan Kousaku Yokota and
Review of Shotokan Myths
Looks the reality of violence by a man who has faced it many times in the line of duty. And it’s nothing like how most train in the Dojo! A must for anybody interested real self protection.
LOGIC OF VIOLENCE
A detailed look at the different types of violence, which demographic is likely to face which type of violence, the “logic” of how the perpetrator justifies it to themselves & how they select their victims. A real insight into the criminal mind showing you what your up against in the street.