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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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet

Huff, Benjamin. "The Tao of Pooh." Penguin Books. New York. 1983.

Review: When I first was told of the Taoist Philosophy through a recommendation to read the tao of pooh I just laughed. When I saw the person's eyes and they shined a seriousness I said, ok, I'll bite.

I have found it to be my most favorite book on Taoist philosophy. The second book of this particular boxed collection, the te of piglet, is a bit of a disappointment. Mr. Huff, to my reading, was a bit put off because the popularity of the Tao of pooh was so successful they kept at him to put out another, i.e. the te of piglet.

Regardless, both have value with the Tao of pooh as the best but the Te of piglet is still worth the costs. As a martial artist I have worked diligently to learn about the cultures and philosophies of those who created the arts, i.e. Taoism, Buddhism, Shitoism to name a few, finding this one on Taoism to be a great primer for further readings.

Go for it, it is fun and informative.


  1. Hi Charles, I've only just recently discovered this blog and would like to thank you for the excellent selection of books that you have reviewed - I've already ordered 3! You really know how to find those little gems...

    1. Hi, Sue: Thank you. I still have a ton more to add when time permits. Have you visited all my blog sites?