Sensei Bewley's Recommended Reading for Students

The following book selection are recommended for those students wishing to broaden their knowledge of karate and the martial arts.

Gichin Funakoshi

KARATE-DO My Way of Life

ISBN 0-87011-463-8

For the first time in paperback, the life story of the father of modern karate-do.

"His childhood and young manhood in Okinawa, his struggle to refine and popularize the art of karate, his prescription for longevity….his unique personality…Through this volume the follower of karate-do will gain greater insight into the master's own way of living and thinking, and a sharper understanding of the art of self-defense" –  Genshin Hironishi (President, Japan Karate-do Shoto-kai).


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Robert TwiggerAngry White Pyjamas

ISBN 0-75380-858-7

Adrift in Tokyo, translating obscene rap lyrics for giggling schoolgirls, Robert Twigger came to a revelation about himself: he wasn't fit and he wasn't brave.In a bid to escape further physical decline, Twigger sets out to cleanse his body and mind. Not knowing his fist from his elbow, the author is sucked into the world of Japanese martial arts and joins the Tokyo Riot Police on their year long, brutally demanding course of budo training, where any ascetic motivation soon comes up against blood stained dogis and fractured collar bones.

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Major W.E FairbairnGET TOUGH!

ISBN 978-087364002-2

W.E Fairbairn is considered the father of practical hand-to-hand combat, and Get Tough is his classic text on the topic. Fairbairn developed the ruthless techniques in this book after years of dealing with the criminals, thugs and bullies in one of the roughest seaports in the world – Shanghai, China – then taking what he learned to train U.S Marines stationed in Shanghai in the 1930's, the famed British Commandos, and other soldiers and intelligence operatives who fought during World War II and beyond.The brutal, anything-goes techniques in this book form the foundation of many of today's most respected close-combat programs.

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Patrick McCarthyThe Bible of Karate: Bubishi

ISBN 0804820155

Treasured for centuries by karate's masters, The Bubishi was a secret text passed from master to student in China and later in Okinawa. Dealing with philosophy, strategy and medicine as they relate to the martial arts, it has been studied and taught from by all of karate's legendary masters. This English translation includes numerous explanations and notes to ease comprehension. The author also includes research on Okinawan and Chinese history as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it useful for researchers and practitioners alike.

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James ClavellShogun

ISBN 0340839945

This is James Clavell's tour-de-force; an epic saga of one Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, and his integration into the struggles and strife of feudal 17th Century Japan. Both entertaining and incisive, "Shogun" is a stunningly dramatic re-creation of a very different world.


Starting with his shipwreck on this most alien of shores, the novel charts Blackthorne's rise from the status of reviled foreigner up to the heights of trusted advisor and eventually, Samurai. All as civil war looms over the fragile country.


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Geoff ThompsonDead or Alive

ISBN 1840242795

One of the few real self-protection guides on the market today, this book will teach you first and foremost how to avoid violent situations. But should you find yourself in one, it will also show you how to control yourself and your emotions so you can function on a physical level to defend yourself.This step-by-step guide to winning fights is also an in-depth study of the criminal mind at work. Murderers, rapists and muggers reveal why they target certain people, which crimes are opportunistic and which are premeditated.

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