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, February 2, 2016


Eagleman, David. “Incognito: TheSecret Lives of the Brain.” Vintage Publishing. NewYork. May 2012. 

Review: When I first picked up this book my goal was to learn more about how the brain works to answer some personal questions as to why we humans do certain things and to try and find out if malicious intent were a part of some more nefarious deeds done unto others or to self. It turns out many other aspects are explained herein like how the mind perceives things and how that translates into the motor reflexes used to take actions in life be it for every day stuff or toward the practice of karate and in self-defense. Why it is not listed in my bibliography. 

I highly recommend this book be added to the martial art and karate library as it provides a certain type and level of understanding necessary to achieve goals in life and in understanding the complexities of the human mind and its mind-set and mind-state.