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, November 26, 2012

Leading the Way

Bown, Tim and Miller Rory. "Leading the Way: Maximize Your Potential as a Martial Arts Instructor." Rachelle Bown. Kindle. 2012

Review: Rory Miller was right, this is a solid book all martial arts sensei should read, and, read again and again and again. I would have loved to see what Tim Bown would have produced in other writings if not for his untimely passing.

I agree with Bown Sensei that this professional teaching requirement is missing from many dojo, training halls and gyms. It is a shame that upon earning the coveted black belt those new yudansha don't or have not already acquired the ability to "teach or lead the way" and often fall back on inadequate teaching methods simply because it was the way my sensei did it so it is good enough for my students.

Get this book, make it a part of your studies and then deliver the benefits to your students. 


  1. Sounds interesting Charles. Might just get a copy.

  2. Charles--
    It's 'Bown' no 'r'.