The following is the result of my research for books about learning
martial arts. All the books I have listed can be purchased from
Learning Martial Arts
by Steve Potts
Gives a basic introduction to karate, judo, and ninjitsu.
Martial Arts for Dummies
by Jennifer Lawler
"Martial Arts For Dummies is all you need to get started in Karate,
Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, or any other style!"
The Beginner's Guide to Shotokan Karate: Beginner to Black Belt
by John Van Weenen
"This is a comprehensive handbook on shotokan karate useful for all
skill levels. Topics covered include basic techniques, kata (formal
exercise), sparring, self-defense for men and women, basic karate
etiquette, grading, weight training for martial artists and many other
The Essential Guide to Learning Martial Arts
by Carol Anne Strange
"A survival guide to training in the martial arts to get you to Black
Belt and beyond. Useful information on training techniques, fitness...
Martial Arts Info Guide
by Christopher Pellitteri
"A comprehensive look at martial arts including the basics of kicking,
punching and blocking, and overview of the different styles of martial
arts, information on famous martial artists and celebrities who are
martial artists. Includes a question and answer section on topics like
why there are colored belts in martial arts and was Elvis really a
by Robin L. Rielly
"This books is a good introduction to karate basics for the beginner.
The author discusses:
* the main blocks, punches and kicks
* how to choose a karate teacher and dojo (the training place)
* the grading system (the karate belts)
* what to expect during your dojo training"
Judo Basics: Principles, Rules, and Rankings
by Pat Harrington
"All students of judo have at some time wished that they could find an
overview of all the relevant material concerning the sport in one
compact volume. This is exactly that book. Including virtually
everything a student or instructor needs to know about judo, whether
techniques, requirements, rankings, or regulations, this long-awaited
reference is designed to complement any level of study. Useful
illustrations throughout the book demonstrate the moves required for
each level of study."
Karate for Beginners
by Keith Vitali
Step-by-step instruction to a successful karate foundation.
Karate: Beginner to Black Belt
by Bruce Tegner
An introduction to karate techniques from basic to advanced,
emphasizing safety, health, and fitness.
Way of Karate
by George E. Mattson
I usually do not recommend a book for martial arts study. A few I
have found contain the basics that can help a beginner. This is one.
Though Mr. Mattson may blush at his form now--he was a 1st degree and
he is now a 9th degree--it is sufficient to help a student in
Karate: Technique and Spirit
by Tadashi Nakamura
"This book is virtually a textbook for Seido students, and since Seido
is a traditional style, it would be of use to students of any Japanese
style. The book includes all "natural" weapons (body parts), stances,
striking and blocking techniques, with detailed photographs and
diagrams, and also includes discussions on the history of martial
arts, its relevance to modern life, proper breathing and stretching,
the meanings of the names of various traditional kata and why kata is
important to a karete-ka's training regimen, karate's relation to Zen,
and several of Nakamura's own meditation lectures he gives to his own
students on a weekly basis."
book "martial arts" beginner OR learning
book "martial arts" "beginner's guide"
book "martial arts" basics
book "martial arts" "teach yourself"
I also searched Amazon using the above criteria and replaced "martial
arts" with karate, judo, and kung fu.
I hope the information provided is helpful. If you have any questions
regarding my answer please don?t hesitate to ask before rating it.