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, March 22, 2016

The Brain: The Story of You

Eagleman, David. “The Brain: The Story of You.” Pantheon Books. New York. 2015

Review: I am currently studying this one but just in regard to aging and the brain I found the material most beneficial to K&MA (Karate & Martial Artists) toward health, fitness, well-being and so on. The book also discusses how our belief systems are created and work, how our memories contribute toward our character, personality and belief system and finally how they all contribute to the changes our minds and brains encounter in every moment of life. Well worth the purchase and study of …

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Shu Ha Ri: The Aikido Journey

Davies, Cath. “Shu Ha Ri: The Aikido Journey: The Metamorphosis of Form.” Shoshin Press. Amazon Digital Services. 6 April 2014. 

Review: There are a lot of defining articles out there on shu-ha-ri and for those who still wonder as to its meaning in their training and practice this find kindle book on the subject is a great explanation toward its use as to forms or kata. It is the only book I have found, in English, that does a bank up most excellent job of describing the use of shu-ha-ri in training, practice and the application of karate and martial arts. Well worth the mediocre price of the kindle book.

More review once I finish reading the book, stayed tuned …

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Brain and Emotional Intelligence

Coleman, Daniel. “The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights.” More Than Sound LLC, Northhampton MA. 2011.

Review: Who would have said that learning about the brain as it applies to emotional intelligence would be so beneficial to teaching, learning, practicing and living the discipline of karate and martial arts especially toward its mastery for self-defense. As with his book on Emotional Intelligence the author connects so much of importance toward self-mastery - that includes the self-master of the discipline. 

His enlightenment of how our brains work is laid out in a manner that all laypersons can understand what works in that lump of gray matter we call our brains. This book will enhance any teachers ability to understand the mind and therefore create more effective teaching models that will help any practitioner to understand a very complex discipline. So worth the costs and effort to read - get yours now.