Recommended Resources

karate library

Karate is an intellectual pursuit, as well as a physical one. It is important to understand where the art comes from, how it has evolved, and where it is going. To do that, research is important! Here are some resources, in no particular order, that you can use to expand your knowledge:




  • Karate 1.0 by Andreas Quast
  • The Study of China Hand Techniques by Itoman Morinobu
  • An Overview of Karatedo by Nakasone Genwa
  • Okinawa Traditional Old Martial Arts: Kobudo, Karate by Nakamoto Masahiro
  • Okinawa: The History of an Island People by George Kerr
  • The Bubishi by Patrick McCarthy
  • Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts: Koryu Uchinadi by Patrick McCarthy
  • History and Traditions of Okinawan Karate by Hokama Tetsuhiro
  • Okinawa’s Great Masters by Nagamine Shoshin
  • The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Nagamine Shoshin
  • Okinawan Karate by Mark Bishop
  • Zen Kobudo by Mark Bishop
  • Bunkai Jutsu by Iain Abernethy
  • The Way of Kata by Lawrence Kane and Kris WIlder
  • My Journey with the Grandmaster by William Hayes
  • The Essence of Goju-Ryu by Garry Lever and Richard Barrett
  • Unante by John Sells
  • Ryu-Te no Michi by Seiyu Oyata
  • The Secret Royal Martial Arts Of Ryukyu by Kanenori Sakon Matsuo
  • Naihanchi (Tekki) Kata: The Seed of Shuri Karate by Chris Denwood
  • Okinawan Kempo: Karate-Jutsu on Kumite by Motobu Choki
  • The Art of Hojo Undo by Mike Clarke
  • Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts by Donn Draeger and Robert Smith
  • Tales from the Western Generation by Matthew Apsokardu