Recommended reading for the martial arts. This is my personal library list. I practice Okinawan Te or "Ryukyu Ti." My system is derived from two others, one being the main influence of Shorin-ryu and the second Goju-ryu. The branch under Shorin-ryu is Isshin-ryu as developed by Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei.

I wanted to create a library reference blog where I can provide a listing of the books I have in my library, present and past (past in that some have been lost in transit over the years). I will provide a graphic, if available, a short description, if available, and the bibliography. When possible a link to Amazon will be provided.

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

In The Dojo

Lowry, Dave. "In the Dojo: A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts." Weatherhill. New York. 2006.

Review: I can not say enough about the contributions Mr. Lowry has provided by his writing about the many aspects of martial systems. This one in particular is a good start point for the uninitiated before taking on the daunting task of finding a good training facility (dojo).

While your at it, as I will be listing here as we progress, you will find his "Koryu" views meaningful and inspiring. Add this along with the many other recommendations and you can build a good solid foundation of knowledge to build your own martial arts knowledge base.

Remember, the brain needs some data to asses when working so this is a good point to begin encoding such important data but remember it is always, always, open for change, interpretations and new belief systems.

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