I have read the below listed books and have not only enjoyed them, but gained great information from them.  Let me know if you would like to recommend a book.





1.  Mind Gains by Health for Life (We often concentrate only on the physical side of martial arts training and forget about the importance of the mental side.  This book is a great resource on how to reprogram the mind to deal with pain, success, failure, burnout and overtraining, and setting goals.)

2.  Total Aikido by Gozo Shioda (This is a great resource on the building blocks of learning and advancing through Aikido.)

3.  Dynamic Aikido by Gozo Shioda (This is a great resource on the building blocks of learning and advancing through Aikido.)

4.  Ultimate Flexibility by Sang H. Kim  (Flexibility is so important for not only the martial arts, but also general health and fitness.  What I like about this book is that Kim discusses the different types of stretching also, such as static, ballistic, and dynamic.)

5.  Living the Martial Way by Forrest Morgan (Being a martial artist is more than just showing up to the dojo wearing a gi.  It is a way of life that promotes discipline, respect, and morals among other things.  What originally drew me to this book was that I saw a review of this book where a martial arts instructor said reading this book was a requirement for his black belt students.)

6.  The Fighter's Body by Loren Christensen (You have a owner's manual for your car, your stereo, and other things.  Why not have an owner's manual for your body?  You'll learn how to eat better to improve your martial arts training.)

7.  Solo Training by Loren Christensen (This book is dedicated to the martial artist who often trains alone.  It offers a lot of suggestions to improve your overall fitness and martial arts abilities when training by yourself.)

8.  Crouching Tiger by Loren Christensen (This book is a short and easy read, but highly entertaining and interesting.  Christensen discusses how his martial arts training has helped him as a military policeman in the Vietnam War and as a police officer in Oregon.)

9.  Tao of Jeet Kun Do by Bruce Lee (This book is a classic written by a martial arts master ahead of his time.  Bruce Lee's insight into actual combat is phenomenal and I often referenced it in my article about "The Importance of Kata Training.")

10. Angry White Pajamas (This book was written by a British citizen who went to Japan and enrolled in an intensive Yoshinkan Aikido class taught to the Japanese Riot Police.  If you are a student of Yoshinkan Aikido, you will enjoy this read as you see how the Japanese train and you'll get a unique glimpse into their culture and hierarchy, as it relates to Aikido.)

11.  The Way of Kata (review included by Tim Hollembaek)