Selected Recommendations From My Library

For Children

The Childrens Book Of Virtues Edited By Bill Bennet 


The Dangerous Book For Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden 


The Daring Book For Girls By Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz



George Washington's Leadership Lessons - James C. Reses


A Patriot's History of the United States

From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror

By Larry Schweikart, Michael Patrick Allen

Click here for a peek inside The Patriot's History 


William J. Bennett has written several fine books about America. 


David McCullough will transport you back in time as he educates and entertains in all of his books on the history of the U.S.A. and its leaders.  Choose among the many books he has written, there is something for everyone. 


America the Beautiful - Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

Ben Carson, M.D. 


General Martial arts related and philosphy

Warrior 101: A Handbook For the Modern Warrior 

By Phil Messina 


Kata: The Key to Understanding & Dealing with the Japanese!

By Boye Lafayette De Mente


365 Tao Daily Meditaions - Deng Ming Dao


Chronicles of Tao

The Secret Life of a Taoist Master by  Deng Ming-Dao


Iron & Silk By Mark Salzman - Also "Iron & Silk Movie


Zen In The Martial Arts - By Joe Hyams 


Zen Combat - Jay Gluck


Zen In The Art Of Archery by Eugen Herrigel


Illuminated Spirit - Conversations with a Kyudo Master 

Don and Jackie DeProspero


The Inner Game Of Tennis - by W. Timothy Gallwey


Lessons From The Dojo Floor - By Kris Wilder


The Karate Dojo - Traditions and Tales of a Martial Art - By Peter Urban


The Karate Sensei - By Peter urban 


The Zen Way To Martial Arts.

Questions To A Zen Master 

Both By Taisen Deshimaru -


The Overlook Martial Arts Reader, Classic Writings on Philosphy and Technique. Editied by Randy F. Nelson 


The Overlook Martial Arts Reader Volume 2 Edited by John Donohue


Effortless Mastery Liberating the Master Musican Within By Kenny Werner

The Art of War By Sun Tzu

Anything written by Dave Lowry will infom and inspire. 

The Essence of Budo

Autumn Lighting


The Karate Way

In the Dojo

Sword & Brush 

Clouds In The West

Moving Towards Stillness

Persimmon Wind

Most anything written or translated by John Stevens is worth reading and having in your library.


Budo Secrets

The Art Of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba

Three Budo Masters -  Kano (Judo) Funakoshi  (Karate) Ueshiba (Aikido)


Three Zen Masters - Ikkyu - Hakuin Ryokan - 


The Spirit of Aikido - Kisshomaru Ueshiba


In Search of the Warrior Spirit

Teaching Awareness Disciplines to the Green Berets 

Richard Strozzi Heckler


The Tao of Muhhad Ali - A True Story - by Davis Miller


The Tao Of Bruce Lee - By Davis Miller


Sacred Hoops - Spiritual Lessons From A Hardwood Warrior- By Phil Jackson


Kodo Ancient Ways 

Lessons In The Spiritual Life Of The Warrior  / Martial Artist

By Kensho Furuya


No Suurrender - My Thirty Year War - By Hiroo Onada 


Among Warriors - A Martial Artist In Tibet - By Pamela Logan 

The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior - By Dan Millman


Books By Richard Kim 


The Weaponless Warriors 

The Classical Man


Dan Inosanto- The Man, the Teacher, the Artist


Books by Jay McInerney 


Bright Lights Big City



Dynamic Taekwondo Kyorgui  - By Kyung Myong Lee

Taekwondo Kyorgui  - by Kyung Myong Lee, Kook Hyun Jeong 

Mastering TKD Sparring Tae E Lee & Brigadier Gen. Robert K Martineau

Taekwondo- Also  - Mastering Taekwondo by Richard Chun

Taekwondo Free Fighting - Dynamic Strategic Principales, Movements and Techniques - By Dr. Daeshik Kim 


Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Moo Duk Kwan - Hwang Kee


HOSINSUL - Conceptual Self Defense - By Daeshik Kim & Jun Nam Lee


Marc Tedeschi Offers Encyclopedic Knowledge Base In His Series Of Books:

The Art of Weapons
Essential Anatomy


The Science Of Taekwondo Fighting -

Step by Step Instruction of Sparring and Competition by Dr. Jin bang Yang 



Karate Do Kyohan - Master Text For The Way Of The Empty Hand 

By Gichin Funakoshi - Presented To The Emperor On July 19, 1935 

Reprinted 2005 Neptune Publications. 


Karate-Do - My way of Life - Gichin Funakoshi


Patrick McCarthy Hanshi is the director of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society, Koryu Uchinadi .

To better understand the karate paradigm and learn the depth; background, analysis, historical significance, and application practices of karate, please visit the IRKRS home page of Patrick McCarthy Hanshi.

IRKRS Home Page 

Books, DVD's written and produced by Patrick McCarthy will enrich your understanding of karate and jujutsu significantly.

IRKRS Books and DVD's 


The Way Of Kata -A Comprehensive Guide for Deciphering Martial Applications

By Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder


Books by Ian Abernethy  

Bunkai Jutsu

Karate's grappling methods

Throws For Strikers - The Forgotten Throws Of Karate, Boxing and Taekwondo


The Way To Black Belt - A Comprehensive Guide To Rapid Rock Solid Results 

Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder


Okinawa - The HIstory of an Island People - By George H. Kerr



Please visit the Internatioanl Shinkendo Federation Products Page For Books, DVD's and more created by Obata Kaiso for Shinkendo Students.

Shinkendo Products


The Art of War: The Complete and Fully Illustrated Edition of Sun Tzu's Philosophical Masterpiece with Four Other Classics in the Ancient Warrior Tradition [Hardcover]  Toshishiro Obata is featured in this book along with Hanshi Paul Couch - Very hard to obtain - May be out of print - Sweetwater Press


The Spirit of the Sword: Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword

 By Taisaburo Nakamura

The Sword Of No-Sword  The Life Of Master Warrior Tesshu - By John Stevens 


The Life- Giving Sword - The Classic text on Zen and the No-Sword

By Yagyu Munenori


The 47 Ronin Story by John Allyn


The Unfettered Mind by Takuan Soho


Samurai William - The Englishman Who Opened Japan - By Giles Milton


Miyamoto Musashi His Life and Writings by Kenji Tokitsu
translated by Sherab Chodzin Kohn 


The Book Of Five Rings -  By Miamoto Musashi - Translated by Thomas Cleary


The Book Of Five Rings By Miamoto Musashi - Translated by Ashikaga Yoshiharu Edited By Rosemary Brant - An illustrated edition pleasing to the eye. 


Samurai - The Code Of The Warrior Thomas Louis and Tommy Ito - pleasantly illustrated 


The Art of the Samurai - Yamamoto Tsunetomo"s Hagakure

The New Illustrated Edition Of The Classic Japanese Warrior Code

Translated by Barry D. Steben


Sakamoto Ryomo And The Meiji Restoration By Marius B. Jansen

Great Novels

Classic Novels by Eji Yoshikawa

Miamoto Musashi


The Asian Series by James Clavell



King Rat


Noble House


Judo - Ju Jutsu - Chin Na - Grappling

The Cannon of Judo - Classic Teachings on Principles and Techniques

By Mifune Kyuzo 10th Dan


Kodokan Judo - Jigaro Kano


Vital Judo - By T. Sato and I. Okano


Judo - A Pictoral Manual By Pat Harrington 


Judo Unleashed 

Essential Throwing & Grappling Techniques For The Intermediate to Advanced Martial Artists by Neil Ohlenkamp


Textbook Of Judo For beginners, competitors and instructors 

by Nagayasu Ogasawara

Judo - Heart & Soul By Hayward Nishioka


Jiu Jitsu Complete - by Kiyose Nakae


Japan's Ultimate Martial Art

Jujitsu Before 1882 The Classical Japanese Art of Self-Defense

Darrell Max Craig


Combat Jiu-Jitsu - By Norman Leff

Kokushi-ryu JuJutsu by Nobuyoshi Higashi


Police Kung Fu - The Personal Combat Handbook of the Taiwan National Police

Man Kam Lo 


Chinese Fast Wrestling For Fighting - The Art of San Shou Kuai Jiao-

Throws, Takedowns, & Groundfighting


Judo Formal Techniques - A comprehensive guide to Kodokan Randori no kata

Tadao Otaki & Donn F. Drager

Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na By Yang Jwing-Ming


Chin Na In Ground Fighting 

Principals and Submissions Holds For All Martial Styles

By Al Arsenault & Joe Faulise



Dynamic Aikido by Gozo Shioda

AIKIDO The Complete Basic techniques Gozo Shioda 


Total Aikido The Master Course - Gozo Shioda


Budo Training in Aikido By Morihei Ueshiba founder of Aikido 


Traditional Aikido Volumes 1-5  By Morihiro Saito


The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido by Willaim Gleason 


The Art Of Aikido - Principals and Essential Techniques Kisshomaru Ueshiba


Best Aikido - The Fundamentals Kisshomaru Ueshiba - Moriteru Ueshiba


The Aikido Master Course Best Aikido 2 Moriteru Ueshiba


The Secrets Of Aikido -

The hidden teachings and universal truths of Aikido, As taught by its Founder Morihei Ueshiba -By John Stevens


Ultimate Aikido - Secrets of Self-Defense and Inner Power

Yoshimitsu Yamada


The Hidden Roots Of Aikido - Aiki Jujutsu Daitoryu -

Secret Techniques of an ancient Martial Art 

By Shiro Omiya


Self Defense - Combat Mindset - PDT

WARRIOR 101: A Handbook For The Modern Warrior 
By Phil Messina Foreword By: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman


Living The Martial Way- By Forrest E. Morgan, Maj USAF

A manual for the way a modern warrior should think


Scientific Self-Defense - Fairbarin


The Close Combat Files Of Colonel Rex Applegate

by Rex Applegate & Maj Chuck Melson


Tao Of Jeet Kun Do - Bruce Lee 

Books By Gavin deBecker

The Gift of Fear

Protecting The Gift


Just Two Seconds 

Sharpening the Warriors Edge: The Psychology & Science of Training

By Bruce K. Siddle


Verbal Judo - By George J. Thompson, Ph.D., and Herry B. Jenkins


The Little Black Book of Violence

What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting

Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder


Surviving Armed Assaults 

A Martial Artist's Guide to Weapons, Street Violence & Countervailing Force 

Lawrence A. Kane 

Meditations on Violence

A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence

By Rory Miller

Facing Violence - Preparing for the Unexpected - By Rory Miller 


Books By LT. COL. Dave Grossman 

LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN, U.S. Army (Ret.) Director, Warrior Science Group, Member, American Board for Certification in Homeland Security; Member, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.


Stop Teaching Our Kids To Kill

On Killing

On Combat


Combat Strategy By Han ho 


San Shou Kung Fu Of the Chinese Red Army by Dr. Mizhou Hui


Attack Proof - The Ultimate Guide To Personal Protection 

John Perkins Al Ridenhour Matt Kovsky


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