Best Martial Arts Books

List of Best Martial Arts Books

Here is our selection of the best martial arts books ever published. These are our favorite martial arts books and cover a wide range of martial arts techniques, styles and kata. They will help you to learn more about your existing martial arts style and discover new martial arts systems & techniques. If you are looking for book & present ideas for children, please visit Black Belt Wiki’s section on martial arts books for kids.

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Best Martial Arts Books – Our favorite martial arts books!

  • Advanced Brazilian Jiujitsu Techniques – This BJJ book discards “the techniques that didn’t work on larger, stronger opponents. What you are left with is a highly effective and efficient system of grappling that works for and on everyone”.
  • The Art of War – The famous book on strategy and tactics from Sun Tzu (China’s best known strategist).
  • The Book of Five Rings – A legendary book on martial arts strategy and tactics by Japan’s most famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method – This book “explains how to survive attacks on the street, increase training awareness, and develop body movements”.
  • Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 250 Self-Defense and Combative Techniques – An book with detailed instructions and pictures for a huge range of Krav Maga techniques.
  • Complete Taekwondo Poomsae: The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo – This popular Taekwondo book helps students learn WTF Taekwondo forms and older Plagwe forms.
  • The Fighter’s Body: An Owner’s Manual – Author Loren Christensen and personal trainer Wim Demeere “combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be”.
  • Jiu-Jitsu University – 5 star book focused on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) techniques. This BJJ book is extremeley popular with our visitors.
  • Karate Fighting Techniques: The Complete Kumite – This martial arts book teaches a wide variety of sparring (kumite) techniques and “is designed to provide essential information for match-style kumite and tournament kumite”. 4 1/2 stars.
  • Karate: The Complete Kata – 4 1/2 star book that helps you to learn kata for Shotokan Karate. This book provides details for each kata movement including timing, rhythm, stances, foot placement, etc.
  • Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think – This book provides a “step-by-step approach to applying the Japanese warrior’s mind set to martial training and daily life.”
  • The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program: The Complete Combat System – The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program “draws from the best martial arts techniques of boxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, sambo, krav maga, karate, aikido, escrima, arnis, hap ki do, karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, and kick boxing. Fighting techniques including: battle skill orientation; stance; posture; movement; weapons handling and function; striking; cutting; grappling; restraints and manipulations; and integration of weapons”.
  • Muay Thai Basics: Introductory Thai Boxing Techniques – Given the power & success of Muay Thai strikes, many MMA champions heavily utilize Muay Thai techniques. This 4 1/2 star book helps students learn basic Muay Thai attack techniques.
  • Tao of Jeet Kune Do – This book focuses on Jeet Kune Do, the martial arts style created by Bruce Lee. “The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself—jeet kune do—is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee’s own illustrations”.
  • Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts – Ultimate Flexibility is a very useful martial arts book because it tries to help martial artists improve their overall flexibility and reduce the potential for some training injuries (i.e. pulled muscles). We refer to this book frequently for pre and post-training stretching & flexibility techniques.
  • Zen in the Martial Arts – The author shows how the “daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition”.

Visitor Favorites – Martial arts books that are frequently purchased by our visitors.

Top 10 Books Purchased by our Visitors

Aikido Books

BJJ Books

Boxing Books

Bruce Lee Books

Diet & Nutrition Books for Martial Artists

Eskrima Books, Arnis Books, etc.

Judo Books

Karate Books

Kid Books – Great martial arts books for kids

  • Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja – The “Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja” focuses on a scrawny kid recruited into a Ninja clan. This humorous and highly-rated book is geared towards kids aged 9-12.
  • The Five Ancestors – This martial arts fiction series is for pre-teens and focuses on a number of young Kung Fu monks.
  • The Three Ninja Pigs – The three little pigs use martial arts to take on the big bad wolf! Very popular 5 star rated book for kids.
  • Young Samurai – This book is geared more towards pre-teens and young teenagers. Plot summary – “August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan – his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack’s only hope is to become a samurai warrior.”
  • Other martial arts books for kids

Krav Maga Books

Kung Fu Books (i.e. Shaolin Books)

Military Martial Arts Books

Mixed Martial Arts Books

Muay Thai Books

Ninjutsu Books

Strength Training & Conditioning Books

Stretching & Flexibility Books

Taekwondo Books

Tai Chi Books

Tang Soo Do Books

Weapons – Books on Traditional Martial Arts Weapons

Wing Chun Books

Female Martial Artists

Yoga Books

Zen & Martial Arts Philosophy


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