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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Friday, May 22, 2015

On Writing Violence Series

MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #1: Getting Shot.” NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #2: Getting Stabbed.”  NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2015.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #3: Getting Hit and Hitting.” Amazon Digital Services, inc. NNSD. April 20. 2015.

I have these find eBooks and from the perspective of martial arts (discipline) I can tell you that these books are a lot more than merely writing good verse or story with realism, they are also the best, to my view, primers to learning martial arts, systems or styles. 

Example: I have practiced a striking discipline for almost forty years. I assumed I knew a lot about striking yet when I read, three times to just get it, the third installment of writing violence, getting hit and hitting I found out just how much, “I didn’t KNOW!” It explained far better than I ever could or did about hitting and being hit, striking or punching, etc. It took some of my beliefs and turned them completely upside down to my benefit.

There is so much to learn and these particular terse lessons will get you there be it for martial arts, other combative type systems and especially in apply the physical part of self-defense - primers. I would recommend to anyone and everyone these books (and future editions that come out pretty fast and regular) if they desire to learn a fighting skill, well worth the money, time and study!

Firefly Quotes:

Mal: It's nothin'.
Simon: I expect there's someone's face feels differently.
Mal: Well, they tell ya, never hit a man with a closed fist, but it is on occasion hilarious.

If Mal says it is so, then it is so. Just adds validity to Marc MacYoung’s Writing Violence III: Getting Hit and Hitting, right? :-)