What's your 'bible' ?


Taiji fan

Is there any particular books that you refer to within your martial arts training...either as a text book or for inspiration?
Living the Martial Way by Forrest Morgan

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Xing Yi Quan Xue by Sun Lu Tang

The Root of Chinese Qigong by Yang Jwing-ming

Kodo: Ancient Ways by Kensho Furuya

The Art of War by Sun Tzu (reinterpretation by J.H. Huang)

The Code of the Samurai by A.L. Sadler

there are others, but these are my favorites.

In addition to those listed above:

The Unfettered Mind by Takuan Soho

The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba

Sword and Brush by David Lowry

The Sword of No Sword by John Stevens

...and I aslo have many more on my student's must read list.

The Infinite Insights series 1 - 5.

Hee Il Cho's master kicks both volumes.
is there any thing specific that leads you to your selections....is there a particular chapter....?
Tai Chi Classics - Waysun Liao***

Tai Chi Chuan Textbook - Chen Pan Ling

Tao Te Ching
I Ching (Huang, 1998)

My Taichi bibles....If you dont have a copy of the classics you gotta have it!
The Book of Five Rings - Musashi
Kenpo Karate the Law of the Fist and Empty Hand - Parker
Cultivating the Ch'i - Olson
Effortless Combat Throws - Cartmell
Karate-do Kyohan - Funakoshi
Martial Musings - Smith
The Art of War - Sun Tzu (tr. Cleary)
What Is Self Defense (Kenpo Jujitsu) - Mitose
The Way to Live - Hackenschmidt
The Unrevealed Secrets of Man - Jowett
The Kyokushin Way - Oyama
There Are No Secrets - Lowenthal
Qigong Empowerment - Liang
Warriors of Stillness - Diepersloot
Ch'i Kung: the Way of Power - Lam

Trying to avoid life's potholes,
Randy Strausbaugh
book of five rings
tao te ching
art of war
beyond the known
"Tai Chi Training in China : Masters, Teachers and Coaches" by Howard Thomas.

A Taiji teacher from the UK going to China to find a "Master". He eventually spent 5 years training in China and this is his story of his time searching for a "real" Taiji Master. Humorous, enlightening and humbling. A story about "real" taiji training in China, warts and all.
Simplified 24 Forms Tai Chi'Chuan - Pan Zhiwei & Zhang Aiwu (Chinese and English)

other martial arts stuff, I ask my grandparents, they have a bunch of books on it, I'll ask my dad to ask them for it when he goes back to China to see them.
I find the Dao De Jing highly overrated.

"Bibles" for martial spirituality is not a book but three words used by my Shifu.
In Mandarin: Duo Liangxi
"Practice More"

But for my reccommended reading

Classical Chinese State Confucianism
The four Books:
The Doctrine of the Mean
The Great Learning
The Analects

The Daoist works
Zhuangzi (Complete works)
Sunzi's Art of War

Buddhist Scripture
The Dhammapada
Heart Sutra

Selected stories:
Xiyouji (aka Monkey or Journey to the West)
All Men are Brothers

Poety of Libai

You can read all the twexts you want... but to be a superior man you should be well rounded and versed in the classics ;)
Tao Tao Ching by Lao Tzu (various translations)
One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery, and Daily Life by Kenneth Kushner
The Book of Martial Power by Steven J. Pearlman
Traditionally, Tae Kwon Do by He Ill Cho
Also, the newest Kukkiwon books although honestly, I am not a fan of some of it.
Tao Tao Ching by Lao Tzu (various translations)
One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery, and Daily Life by Kenneth Kushner
The Book of Martial Power by Steven J. Pearlman
Kenneth and I correspond from time to time!
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