Reading List

  • Karate-do Kyohan The Master Text by Gichin Funakoshi
  • Karate-do: My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi
    • Auto-biography of Master Funakoshi - Suitable for all ages.
  • Notes on Training by Tsutomu Ohshima (this book is out of print and can be very expensive to get a copy.  Alternative digital methods are being investigated.)

Highly recommended:
  • The Heart of Karate-Do by Shigeru Egami
  • Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (Bantam Books)
  • 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 Munenori,
  • 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
  • Karate-Do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text by Gichin Funakoshi
  • The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master by Gichin Funakoshi
  • Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi
  • Three Budo Masters by John Stevens
  • Forty-Seven Ronin Story by John Allyn
  • Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

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