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Reading List

Many of the following books are available from the SKA on line store. Buying the books there helps support SKA. There are also several DVDs and CDs available. You can also support SKA by using the link in the sidebar to access amazon.com when you shop there. Amazon has an SKA Bookstore.

Essential:
  • Karate-do Kyohan The Master Text by Gichin Funakoshi
  • Karate-do: My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi
  • Notes on Training by Tsutomu Ohshima (Out of print)
  • The Heart of Karate-Do by Shigeru Egami
 
Highly recommended:
  • Iron Ball, Wooden Staff, Empty Hands: Understanding Structure, Flow and Maneuver in Martial Arts by Caylor Adkins
  • Mental Karate : A Warrior's Guide by Tom Muzila
  • Black Belt Karate by Jordan Roth
  • The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate by Gichin Funakoshi
  • Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi
  • Karate-Do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text by Gichin Funakoshi

Recommended:
  • Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Sword of No-Sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu by John Stevens
  • The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master by Takuan Soho
  • The Sword and the Mind by Yagyu Munenor
  • Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • Ideals of the Samurai: Writings of Japanese Warriors by William Scott Wilson
  • The Code of the Samurai by Yuzan Daidoji
  • Three Budo Masters by John Stevens
  • Forty-Seven Ronin Story by John Allyn
  • Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa