Top 10 Karate Books
This page looks at the top 10 Karate books. These books cover Karate subjects such as Kata, Kumite (sparring), Hojo Undo (strength training) & more. This top ten list is based on wiki visitor purchases. For a wider array of popular martial arts books and to see our favorite martial arts books, please visit Black Belt Wiki’s main section on Martial Arts Books.
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List of Top 10 Karate Books – Rank based on visitor purchases over the past two years.
- The Shotokan Karate Bible 2nd edition: Beginner to Black Belt – This Karate book helps Shotokan Karate students get ready to earn their black belt in Karate.
- Karate: The Complete Kata – This popular Karate book covers Kata for Shotokan Karate.
- The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master
- The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate – This books examines strength training exercises used in traditional Karate dojos. It covers things like the Makiwara (striking post), stone weighted training tools used for body conditioning. etc.
- Karate-Do: My Way of Life – A very highly rated Karate book that looks at the life of a Karate master.
- Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text – This book looks at the Kata of Shotokan Karate.
- Karate Fighting Techniques: The Complete Kumite – This Karate book is focused on helping improve a student’s Kumite (sparring) skills.
- Goju Ryu Karate Kyohan – This book looks at the Kata of Goju-Ryu Karate.
- Best Karate, Vol.1: Comprehensive (Best Karate Series) – This 5 star Karate book looks at blocks, stances, Kata, Kumite, etc.
- The Kids’ Karate Workbook: A Take-Home Training Guide for Young Martial Artists
Related Popular Books for Karate Students
- The Art and Science of Staff Fighting: A Complete Instructional Guide – A great book for any Karate student learning to use a Bo. Not specifically geared towards Karate but it will show Karate students how to use a Bo (staff) effectively.
- Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts – This stretching book was written by a Taekwondo Master but the flexibility exercises are very useful for all Karate students.
- Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think – This book focuses on the “Japanese warrior’s mindset” and how this mindset applies to martial training and daily life. 4 1/2 stars.