Books & Videos

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Karate Books

In recent years, many practitioners have been doing research on the “roots” of karate, so there are now many books and papers available, whereas in the early days of karate in the United States very few books existed. The following list contains some of the many books available that discuss the history of martial arts, the people that contributed to it, and the methods they used.

Books Author
Isshinryu Karate: The One Heart Method Steve Armstrong
Isshinryu Karate: History and Kata Joel Chandler
The Secrets of Isshinryu Karate Joel Chandler
Isshinryu Karate Do: Its History and Philosophy Michael J. Dobyns
Isshin-Ryu Karate: The Yellow Belt Lancing C. England
Karate – The Isshinryu Way: My Philosophy on the Martial Arts and Life Dan W. Jones
Dynamics of Isshinryu Karate Harold Long
Dynamics of Isshinryu Karate: Blue and Green Belt (Book 2) Harold Long
Dynamics of Isshinryu Karate: (Book 3) Harold Long
Isshin-ryu karate: The Ultimate Fighting Art Harold Long
Isshinryu Seiuchin Kata, Secrets Revealed Javier Martinez
Isshinryu Naihanchi Kata, Secrets Revealed Javier Martinez
Isshinryu Chinto Kata, Secrets Revealed Javier Martinez
Isshinryu Kusanku Kata Secrets Revealed Javier Martinez
Okinawan Karate, The Secret Art of Tuite Javier Martinez
Isshinryu Karate-Do Milledge Murphey
Isshinryu: The One Heart, One Mind Method Allen Wheeler
Okinawa’s Complete Karate System: Isshin Ryu Michael Rosenbaum
The Encyclopedia of Isshin Ryu Karate: Book One, Beginner to Green Belt Angi Uezu
Training Manual for Isshin Ryu Karate Bryan Winkelman
Sensei’s Final Lessons Sensei Dan Popp
The Floating Brush Sensei Dan Popp
Order of Isshin-ryu: One Family – One Dojo Sensei Dan Popp
DVDs Producer
Isshin Ryu Karate’s Tatsuo Shimabuku Rising Sun Productions
Okinawan Masters Rising Sun Productions
The Complete Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate System, Self-Defense, Katas, Weapons! Shogun Media
The Complete Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate System, Volume 1 Fundamental Techniques Shogun Media
The Complete Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate System,
Volume 2, The Required 8 Empty Hand Katas Of Isshin Ryu!
Shogun Media
The Complete Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate System, Volume 3, The 7 Required Bo And Sai Weapons Katas of Isshin Ryu! Shogun Media
The Complete Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate System, Volume 4, Street-Fighting Self-Defense Techniques! Shogun Media
Volume 1 – Isshin Ryu Katas – Seisan & Seiunchin MASB
Volume 2 – Isshin Ryu Katas – Naihanchi & Wansu MASB
Volume 3 – Isshin Ryu Katas – Chinto & Sanchin MASB
Volume 4 – Isshin Ryu Katas – Kusanku & Sunsu MASB
Volume 5 – Isshin Ryu Bo Katas (Tokumine no Kun, Urashi Bo & Shishi no Kun no Dai) MASB
Volume 6 – Isshin Ryu Sai Katas (Kusanku Sai & Chatanyara no Sai) MASB
Volume 7 – Isshin Ryu Kumite Katas (Bo-Bo & Bo-Sai Kumite) MASB
The Dynamics of Isshin Ryu Karate Yamazato Videos
Isshinryu Karate Kata Turtle Press
Isshinryu Weapon Kata: Bo and Sai Turtle Press
Learning Isshinryu Karate – The Basics AIKS, Inc.
The Essence of Okinawan Karate-do Shoshin Nagamine
Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles and Secret Techniques Mark Bishop
Okinawa, Island of Karate George Alexander
Tales of Okinawa’s Great Masters Shoshin Nagamine
Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts: Koryu Uchinadi Patrick McCarthy
The Art of War Sun Tzu
A Book of Five Rings Miyamoto Musashi
The Karate Dojo Peter Urban
Karate-Do: My Way of Life Gichin Funakoshi
Kodo, Ancient Ways Kensho Furuya
The Martial Way Forrest E. Morgan
Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts Dave Lowry
Zen in the Martial Arts Joe Hyams
Unintended Consequences John Ross
Molon Labe! Boston T. Party
Domestic Enemies Matt Bracken
Enemies Foreign and Domestic Matt Bracken
The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance Vin Suprynowicz
The Ballad of Carl Drega Vin Suprynowicz
The Mitzvah Aaron Zelman & L. Neil Smith
Hope Aaron Zelman & L. Neil Smith
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse John Wesley, Rawles
More Guns, Less Crime John R. Lott, Jr.
Armed & Female Paxton Quigley
Principles of Personal Defense Jeff Cooper
In The Gravest Extreme Massad F. Ayoob
Defending Ourselves Rosalind Wiseman
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence Gavin De Becker
Strong on Defense Sanford Strong