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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Monday, March 12, 2012


Durckheim, Karlfried G. "Hara: The Vital Center of Man." Unwin. 1988.

Review: This is the first real definitive book on the subject of "hara" that I had come across at the time. It is often referenced in other works on various topics such as martial systems and cultural words of Japan and China. Well worth the cost if you can get a copy.

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