My favourite Martial Arts reads...

A Listmania! list by J. Boyle "Jboyle79" (St Louis, MO)
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Tao of Jeet Kune Do
1.  Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
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  "Focuses more on street fighting techniques, but the theories and philosophy are valid across the board."
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Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
2.  Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
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  "The definitive Samurai handbook"
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The Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke.: A Contemporary Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke
3.  The Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke.: A Contemporary Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke by Daidoji Yuzan
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  "A nice introduction to the Samurai code, without the depth of the Hagakure"
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The Art of War
4.  The Art of War by James Clavell
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  "Sun Tzu is the ULTIMATE tactician, even by todays standards. I own a more recent translation by the same author which Amazon doesnt have."
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The Book of Five Rings (Pocket Classics)
5.  The Book of Five Rings (Pocket Classics) by Musashi Miyamoto
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  "Again, Mushashi IS martial arts for millions of people. Even if you aren't a student of a Japanese style, there is still a lot to learn from this book."
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Tao Te Ching: Definitive Edition
6.  Tao Te Ching: Definitive Edition by Lao Tzu
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  "An excellent philosophical piece, worth a look even if you dont normally 'get' philosophy."
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The Complete Tae Kwon Do Hyung, Volume 3
7.  The Complete Tae Kwon Do Hyung, Volume 3 by Hee Il Cho
The list author says:
  "A step by step guide by a true master, an excellent reference point, but not one to learn from as many moves have now changed slightly. Also, it isnt complete, as some senior paterns dont appear."
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Complete Conditioning for Martial Arts (Complete Conditioning for Sports)
8.  Complete Conditioning for Martial Arts (Complete Conditioning for Sports) by Sean Cochran
The list author says:
  "AN excellent reference book for training ideas and principles to aid you in TaeKwon Do and other kicking/striking martial arts."
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Stretching Scientifically: a Guide to Flexibility Training
9.  Stretching Scientifically: a Guide to Flexibility Training by Thomas Kurtz
The list author says:
  "A guide to stretching training and principles which really opened my eyes (and stretched my legs)"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Samurai Zen
10.  Samurai Zen by Scott Shaw
The list author says:
  "Scott Shaw is THE MAN. He has been training for longer than I have been alive, and he knows his stuff. An excellent intro to Zen meditation and philosophies as it applies to martial arts."
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Zen in the Martial Arts
11.  Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams
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  "Again, an excellent piece on Zen meditation and philosophies as they apply to the martial arts."
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Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit
12.  Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit by Bruce Thomas
The list author says:
  "Everyone has their favourite Bruce Lee biography, and this is mine. I dont claim that it's the most accurate or true, but it is a well written story of a true martial artist and one of my heroes."
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