Here is our list of the best Karate books. These are our favorite books and they cover Karate techniques, kata, self-defense, philosophy, kumite and much more. For other popular martial arts books (i.e. books on Krav Maga or BJJ techniques), please visit the wiki’s section on Martial Arts Books.
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Popular & Highly-Rated Karate Books – Our favorites!
- The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate – Learn how traditional Karate experts increased their punching and kicking power with ancient strength training techniques (i.e. gripping jars).
- The Art of Shito Ryu Karate – This book helps Shito-Ryu students with “pictures and illustrations” and detailed instructions focused on a wide variety of Shito-Ryu techniques.
- Best Karate, Vol.3: Kumite 1 – Learn Karate sparring techniques.
- Black Belt Karate: The Intensive Course – This highly-regarded instructional book looks at Shotokan techniques used in areas such as kihon, kumite and kata.
- Goju Ryu Karate Kyohan – Popular book with detailed instructions & illustrations for Goju-Ryu kata.
- Karate-Do: My Way of Life – This book focused on Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate.
- Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text
- Karate Fighting Techniques: The Complete Kumite This popular Karate book provides instruction on a wide variety of kumite techniques.
- Mas Oyama’s Complete Karate Course – This book concentrates on Kyokushin techniques.
- Mas Oyama’s Essential Karate – This book focuses on Kyokushin Karate.
- The Shotokan Karate Bible: Beginner to Black Belt – This popular Shotokan book helps students prepare for all of their belt tests.
Karate Books on Bunkai
- Bunkai of the Shotokan Kata
- Bunkai-Jutsu: The Practical Application of Karate Kata
- The Kata and Bunkai of Goju-Ryu Karate: The Essence of the Heishu and Kaishu Kata
- Kata Bunkai: The Secret Karate Techniques
- Adidas Adilux Shoes – Very popular.
- Adidas KICK Shoes Martial Arts Sneaker White with Black Stripes
- Adidas SM II Low Cut Martial Arts Shoes – White with Black Stripes
- Adidas SM II Low Cut Martial Arts Shoes – Black with White Stripes
- Century Lightfoot Martial Art Shoes
- Pine Tree
- ProForce Gladiator Superlight Karate Martial Arts Shoes
- Tiger Claw
- Makiwara Boards – Karate tool used to strengthen your fist and knuckles.
- Karate Kicking Shields
- Karate Sparring Gear
- Karate Uniforms
- Isshinryu Karate Kata
- Isshinryu Weapon Kata: Bo and Sai
- Kyokushin Karate – Full-Contact Karate 2-DVD Set
- Shotokan – Complete Shotokan Karate – full white to black belt series – Highly rated & very popular Shotokan DVD.
- Shotokan Karate: Heian Kata 1-5
- Wado Ryu Karate – Get My Black Belt Wado Ryu Karate 6 x DVD Home Study Course [NTSC DVD]