General Martial Arts

Hidden Hands

Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Martial Arts Forms

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

The solo forms or sets of a martial art may appear to be merely flashy performances or rote exercises for conditioning, and because of this many students disregard this aspect of their training. True martial arts masters, however, know that the forms of a system actually contain all of the techniques...

Martial Maneuvers

Fighting Principles and Tactics of the Internal Martial Arts

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

In Martial Maneuvers, Phillip Starr demonstrates that while the internal martial arts—Taijiquan, Bagua Zhang, and Xingyi Quan—might be considered ineffective for practical self-defense, they in fact have a long history of combat use. Starr argues that most teachers and practitioners of the internal arts have forgotten their rich martial heritage, focusing...

Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee

Adventures in Martial Arts from the Shaolin Temple to the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Written by Brian Preston
Price: $12.95
North Atlantic Books

What happens when a self-styled wuss sets out to earn a black belt? Why have Eastern martial arts become so popular worldwide? Is the Ultimate Fighting Championship a beautiful fusion of East-meets-West martial technique, or shameless commercialization? These questions and more find answers in Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee, a rollicking...

Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee

Adventures in Martial Arts from the Shaolin Temple to the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Written by Brian Preston
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

What happens when a self-styled wuss sets out to earn a black belt? Why have Eastern martial arts become so popular worldwide? Is the Ultimate Fighting Championship a beautiful fusion of East-meets-West martial technique, or shameless commercialization? These questions and more find answers in Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee, a rollicking...

On the Warrior's Path, Second Edition

Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology

Written by Daniele Bolelli
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

The urge to forge one’s character by fighting, in daily life as well as on the mat, appeals to something deep within us. More than a collection of fighting techniques, martial arts constitute a path to developing body, spirit, and awareness. On the Warrior’s Path connects the martial arts with this...

Martial Mechanics

Maximum Results with Minimum Effort in the Practice of the Martial Arts

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

Interest in a wide range of martial arts grows exponentially each year, but few practitioners understand the scientific forces that underlie these arts. The originators of ancient traditional systems intuitively grasped the body mechanics behind their disciplines, and thus were capable of generating uncanny striking force. Contemporary students, on the other...

Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals

A Historical Survey

Edited by Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo
Price: $21.95
Blue Snake Books

Secret training manuals, magic swords, and flying kung fu masters—these are staples of Chinese martial arts movies and novels, but only secret manuals have a basis in reality. Chinese martial arts masters of the past did indeed write such works, along with manuals for the general public. This collection introduces Western...

In Search of the Warrior Spirit, Fourth Edition

Teaching Awareness Disciplines to the Green Berets

Written by Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Introduction by George Leonard
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

The war in Iraq has heightened interest in the military mindset and raised questions about whether it’s possible to be a mindful, moral fighter at a time when impersonal, technology based warfare reigns. In Search of the Warrior Spirit confronts this thorny issue with Richard Strozzi-Heckler’s trademark personal, sympathetic style. In...

Nei Jia Quan, Second Edition

Internal Martial Arts

Written by Jess O'Brien
Price: $21.95
Blue Snake Books

In this illuminating book, prominent masters offer an informed, inside view of the Chinese internal martial arts known collectively as “nei jia quan”–those practices that emphasize awareness of the spirit, mind, qi (breath, or energy flow), and the use of relaxed leverage rather than brute force. Drawing from enduring traditions practiced...

The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi

Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing-I

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $27.95
Blue Snake Books

Originally published in 1998, this book has become a martial arts classic. It provides detailed descriptions of the three main internal martial arts—tai chi (taiji), hsing-i (xingyi) and ba gua (pakua)—and their sub-styles, as well as how they differ from each other and from such external arts as karate, tae kwon...

Immortal Combat

Portrait of a True Warrior

Written by Bruce Thomas
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

A complete overview of all aspects of combat, from the primitive to the cutting-edge, Immortal Combat uses Bruce Lee’s life and work as a martial artist to examine the crucial differences between the soldier and the warrior. It draws an analogy between the ambitions of the competitive, ego-driven martial sportsman, typified...

Fitness for Full-Contact Fighters

Training for Muay Thai, Karate, Kickboxing, and Taekwondo

Written by Christoph Delp
Price: $22.95
Blue Snake Books

Martial artists require a unique physical training program, one that ensures that powerful attacking and rapid counterattacking techniques can be used in self-defense performed over the full course of any contest or practice. In Fitness for Full-Contact Fighters, trainer, author, and fighter Christoph Delp presents a fitness training program expertly tailored...

The Making of a Butterfly

Traditional Chinese Martial Arts As Taught by Master W. C. Chen

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

The only American heir to W. C. Chen, Phillip Starr continues the master’s teachings in this useful guide that also profiles the exciting early years when martial arts were still new in America. Through this entertaining collection of personal anecdotes involving Master Chen, the author, and his classmates, readers learn a...

Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua

Principles and Practices of Internal Martial Arts

Written by Lu Shengli, Translated by Zhang Yun
Price: $22.95
Blue Snake Books

The combat techniques of Tai Ji, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi were forbidden during China's Cultural Revolution, but the teachings of grandmaster Wang Pei Shing have survived. This comprehensive guide, written by one of his students, selects core movements from each practice and gives the student powerful tools to recognize the...

The Craft of the Warrior

Written by Robert L. Spencer
Price: $16.95
Frog Books

A big house, fancy cars, and money in the bank seldom lead to a fulfilling life, a life true to one's potential and essential nature. Ordinary life can be a prison, but it doesn't have to be that way.

In this updated edition of The Craft of the Warrior, author Robert Spencer...

Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master

Written by Glenn J. Morris
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

Glenn Morris examines the fabulous Togakure Ryu in ninth century Japan and moves to present day applications of the ancient skills the stealthy ninja must apply to living in the modern world. Mr. Morris' fans will not be disappointed with the riches offered here: secrets of balance and alignment; seeing with...

Ancient Wisdom, New Spirit

Investigations into the Nature of "Being"

Written by Peter Ralston
Price: $17.95
Frog Books

Adapted from a series of talks and lively question-and-answer sections, this book explores the nature of communication and being that lies at the heart of Ralston's unique martial arts system.

Mind Over Matter

Higher Martial Arts

Written by Shi Ming and Siao Weijia, Translated by Thomas Cleary
Price: $12.95
Blue Snake Books

This unique book by Master Shi Ming and Siao Weijia explores the Chinese science of mind/body and the refinement of consciousness in the higher martial arts.

Path Notes of an American Ninja Master

Written by Glenn Morris
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

Using a lively style and the languages of transpersonal psychology, meditation, esoteric magic, and kundalini, Glenn Morris recounts his amazing adventures and hair-raising close calls while training and then practicing as a master of martial arts. Following in the tradition of the legendary Togakure Ryu of Japan, whose fighting techniques and...

The Dance of Becoming

Living Life as a Martial Art

Written by Stuart Heller
Price: $9.95
North Atlantic Books

The Dance of Becoming is a book that is a must for the library of any serious martial artist or anyone interested in a deeper understanding of self. Stuart Heller's insight into the finer points of visualization and energy are simple in the classical taoist approach.

The Way of a Warrior

A Journey into Secret Worlds of Martial Arts

Written by John Gilbey
Price: $14.95
North Atlantic Books

This book is the sequel to the underground classic Secret Fighting Arts of the World, and chronicles the further adventures of the Indiana Jones of exotic martial arts, John F. Gilbey. His fistic and foot festivities take him in and out of dojos and gyms in the United States: to Iceland...

Reflections of Being

Written by Peter Ralston
Price: $15.95
North Atlantic Books

Personal, reflective, and gently investigative, these early essays have a raw, fresh quality which predates the more formal theory and practice of Peter Ralston's two best-selling books, Cheng Hsin: The Principles of Effortless Power and Cheng Hsin T'ui Shou: The Art of Effortless Power. Many of the questions for which the...