Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

  • Canada, Geoffrey. Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America
  • The author is a 3rd-degree black belt who grew up in the South Bronx and taught Taekwondo at a youth center there before becoming a national leader on childhood education and development.

  • Hyams, Joe. Zen in the Martial Arts
  • Spiritual lessons learned from martial arts legends (including Bruce Lee) and applied to every day life.

  • Kurz, Thomas. Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training
  • An excellent guide to warming up, cooling down, and tailoring your stretching exercises to the specific movements for which you are stretching. The author studied physical education at AWF (University School of Physical Education) in Warsaw, one of the top East European institutions that prepare coaches, instructors, teachers of physical education, and rehabilitation specialists. While still a student, he was appointed assistant coach of the students' judo team.

  • Lee, Bruce. Tao of Jeet Kun Do
  • Bruce Lee's treatise on the martial art he created.

  • Lee, Grand Master Haeng Ung The Way of Traditional Taekwondo, vol. A and vols. 1-10.
  • The philosophy and tradition of Songahm Taekwondo, along with the entire curriculum from white through 1st-degree black belt. Contact us to order these books.

  • Mailer, Norman. The Fight
  • An account of the Mohammed Ali-George Foreman "rumble in the jungle" in Zaire.

  • Miller, Davis. The Tao of Bruce Lee: A Martial Arts Memoir
  • A combination of personal autobiography and (much better-written) Bruce Lee biography, with some unorthodox conclusions.

  • Mauser McCord, Pat. A Bundle of Sticks
  • A book for pre-teens and teens about self-defense and avoiding conflict.

  • Polly, Matthew. American Shaolin
  • A humorous account of the two years that the author (a friend of Master Schreiber) spent studying Kung Fu at China's legendary Shaolin Temple.

  • Polly, Matthew. Bruce Lee: A Life
  • The definitive biography of Bruce Lee.

  • Remnick, David. King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
  • An account of Ali's early career, focusing on his two fights with Sonny Liston. Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the New Yorker magazine.

  • Twigger, Robert. Angry White Pyjamas
  • An Oxford poet's self-deprecating tale of his time studying aikido with the Tokyo Riot Police.

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