Sensei Peter Freedman's Famous Reading List



Required – Books which can be referenced periodically.

Secrets of the Samurai  by Oscar Ratti & Adele Westbrook


The Dictionary of the Martial Arts  by Louis Frederic


The Overlook Marital Arts Dictionary  by Emil Farkas & John Corcoran


The World’s Best Anatomical Charts Third Edition by the Anatomical Chart



Martial Arts – this group of readings will give us insight, not only into Jujutsu, but other forms of martial arts as well.  They are listed in order of importance.  Some of these may no longer be available, so please let us know and we may be able to attain come copies.  


    Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams


    Karate-Do: My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi


    The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, translated and edited by Thomas Cleary


    Mastering the Art of War  translated and edited by Thomas Cleary


    Three Budo Masters:  by John Stevens (Kano, Funakoshi and Ueshiba)


    The Karate Dojo:  Traditions and Tales of a Martial Art  by Peter Urban


    Beyond the Known:  The Ultimate Goal of the Martial Arts  by Tri Thong Dang


    Okinawan Karate  by Mark Bishop


    Abundant Peace:  The Biography of Morihei Ueshiba Founder of Aikido  by John Sterns


    Master Cheng’s Thirteen Chapter’s on Tai Chi Ch’uan  by Cheng Man-Ch’ing


    Slash & Thrust  by John Sanchez


    Deadly Karate Blows:  The Medical Implications  by Brian Adams


    Practical Chin Na:  A Detailed Analysis of the Art of Seizing and Locking  by Zhao Da Yuan


    Filipino Martial Culture  by Mark V. Wiley


    Balisong Iron Butterfly   by Cacoy “Boy” Hernandez


    Mind Over Matter: Higher Martial Arts  by Shi Ming with Siao Weijia


    Kung Fu:  History, Philosophy and Technique  by David Chow & Richard Spangler


    Japan’s Ultimate Martial Art:  Jiujitsu Before 1882 The Classical Japanese Art of Self Defense  by Darrell Max Craig


    The Weaponless Warriors:  An Informal History of Okinawan Karate  by Richard Kim


    Living the Martial Way  by Forrest E Morgan, Maj. USAF


    Scholar Warrior:  An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life  by Deng Ming – Dao


    Daito – Ryo Aikijujutsu  by Stanley A. Pranin


    Masters of Arnis Kali & Escrima  by Edgar G. Sulite


    Balison:  The Lethal Art of Filipino Knife Fighting  by Sid Campbell, Gary Cagaanan, and Sony Umpad


    The Unfettered Mind:  Writings of Zen Master to the Sword Master  by Takuan Soho


    JiuJitsu Complete  by Kiyose Nakae


    Mitose’s In Search of Kenpo:  Traditional Japanese Stories  by Arnold M. Golub, Editor


    Martial Arts Injuries  by Dr. James Canney


    Flexible Weapons  by John Sanchez


    The Way of the Warrior: The Paradox of the Martial Arts  by Howard Reid & Michael Croucher


    Secret Fighting Arts of the World  by John f. Gilbey


    The Overlook Martial Arts Reader  edited by Randy F. Nelson


    Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body  by B. K. Frantzis


    Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere:  An Illustrated Intro.  By A. Westbrook and O. Ratti


    Medical Injuries in the Martial Arts  by Richard B. Birrer, MD & Christina D. Birrer, MS.


    Quotations for Martial Artists  by John Moore 



                  Jujitsu/Nippon Ketsugo Ryu by Larry D. Hilton


Spiritual & Nutrition – Books that will enlighten us spiritually and teach us about self- awareness and our physical well being.  Please note that these books are not listed by order of importance.


Harnessing Anger:  The Way of the American Fencer  by Peter Westbrook


Eating for Endurance  by Ellen Coleman, RD, MA, MPH


Healing Teas:  How to Prepare and Use Teas to Maximize Your Health  by Marie Nadine Antol


How Nutrition Works  by Kristine M. Napier, MPH, RD.


How to See and Read Aura  by Ted Andrews


Many Lives, Many Masters  by Brian L. Weiss, MD.


Spiritual Growth:  Being Your Higher Self  by Sanya Romain


The Complete Book of Juicing by Michael T. Murray, N.D.


The Juice mans’ Power of Juicing  by Jay Kordich


Way of the Peaceful Warrior:  A Book that Changes Lives  by Dan Millman


You Are Psychic!  By Pete A. Sanders, Jr.


Wheels of Life – A User’s Guide To The Chakra System By Anodea Judith, Ph.D.


The Magus Of Java – Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal by Kosta Danaos





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“Do not criticize any other of the martial arts.  Speak ill of others and it surely comes back to you. The mountain does not laugh at the river because it is lowly, nor does the river speak ill of the mountain because it cannot move about.”


Morihei Ueshiba