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    I am relatively new to Kenpo...and was wondering if there is anything I should be getting my hands on and reading. I didn't only have self-defense/physical activity in mind when I entered this...I was hoping for a little mental state of mind/spiritual benefits also....Thanx in advance.....

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    I like Infinite Insights Into Kenpo Volumes 1 - 5 by Mr.Parker and
    Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams.
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    Any serious kenpoist should read anything Mr. Parker wrote. It all has value.
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    The Journey. Excellent histories of many of the leading Kenpoists.

    I also recommend:
    Be Like Water by Joseph Cardillo
    Angry White Pajamas by Robert Twigger
    Inside U by GM Byong Yu
    Dojo Wisdom by Jennifer Lawler
    The Art of War and The Book of 5 Rings - Cleary Translations
    The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet

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    Dojo Wisdom was kind of a drag, the good news is that you can easily fing it half price.


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    thanx for all your suggestions....I shall be visiting amazon tonight

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    Lee,

    I would definitely recommend all of Mr. Parker's books and The Journey, as well as both of Lee Wedlake's books. Good Luck to you on your Kenpo Journey.

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    Good subject!!! I'm an avid book collector and reader myself.

    OK: Of course as others have said, get all you can that is written specifically on American Kenpo Karate.... especially that which Mr. Parker wrote. Also: I've found "Mastering Kenpo" by Skip Hancock to be very thought provoking.

    Other sources:
    One of the absolute BEST all around martial arts books I've ever read is "Living the Martial Way" by Forrest E. Morgan . (click on the underlined words) It's a very good book, especially for what you are looking for.

    Another great is "Zen in the Martial Arts" by Joe Hyams. Someone probably already pointed you to this one.

    Then one of my personal favorites is: "Moving Toward Stillness" by Dave Lowry. In this book you'll find that Mr. Lowry focuses on aspects of practicing the Japanese Martial ways (Budo), but that it is heavy in the "mental aspect" and infact, that's the main focus of the book really.
    If you like this one, like I do, you should also check out his book:
    "Sword and Brush".

    These are just a few quick references, but I think if you look into them.....you'll really be glad you did.

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    PS: an after-thought: if you want a good deal of insight into the history of Karate and therefore it's mindset, check out the very excellent autobiography of Gichin Funakoshi, "Karate-Do, my way of life." It is GREAT for insights.
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    Zen in the Martial Arts is a great starting point if you are looking for a little inside development I will have to second Brother John's reccomendation! Mr. Parker also wrote the "Zen of Kenpo" although not a book as I would expect it to be, it is filled with his quotes, thoughts, and approaches mentally to kenpo and it was one of the first books that I bought from my original instructor. Good luck in your journey and keep the fire going!
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    For motivation I would read the Journey.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    While not a kenpo book, one of my favorite martial arts books is "Autumn Lightning" by Dave Lowry who Brother John previously mentioned. I liked the how the history of his martial art was woven in with his own journey it the art.

    My other favorites have already been mentioned.

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    "Zen in the Martial Arts" is the first book I read when I started Kenpo and I truly appreciate it. I actually re-read it a couple of times and it helps bring the peace back into my life.

    I'm always looking for other great reads, right now I'm in the middle of Vol 1 by Ed Parker. Any suggestions will be appreciated by us all and thanks to those who have already contributed.

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    Not that I am trying to promote myself, but I have an e-book titled "American Kenpo Mastery: A Guide for Students and Instructors" that is available on my website:

    www.seabrook.gotkenpo.com

    I got some very good feedback from Larry Tatum about it. I also offer a free chapter right here on kenpotalk. Just go to:

    kenpotalk.com
    click "reference guides"
    click" articles of interest"

    The book discusses:

    - key concepts, principles and theories of American Kenpo
    - the history and evolution of American Kenpo
    - methods of forms/sets training
    - an analytical breakdown of the key movements in the forms/sets
    - the origins of the forms/sets
    - family groups of self-defense techniques
    - master key self-defense techniques
    - sparring strategies against people of various sizes and fighting ability
    - testing procedures and rank advancement


    I also have a book available through amazon.com titled, "Martial Arts Revealed: Benefits, Problems, and Solutions".


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    Here is another vote for:

    Living the Martial Way, Zen in the Martial Arts, Angry White Pajamas and my own mention- Spirit of Aikido.

    Enjoy!
    The above is just my opinion.

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    Wow, I had never heard of some of these. I guess I'll have to take a trip to the local bookstore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarnyk View Post
    Wow, I had never heard of some of these. I guess I'll have to take a trip to the local bookstore.
    Ditto!

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    Personally I found the entire catelogue of Bruce Tegner's works (All 429 volumes of every martial discipline imaginable) indispensable as well as Count Dante's "World's Deadliest Fighting Secrets"

    Just kidding...

    Actually, the Infinite Insites books are truly a must read. I also found Wedlake's Kenpo 101 and 202 very good reads.

    Mr Hubbard...the Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet are masterfully written.

    All of Dave Lawry's books are well researched and insightful.

    The Tao of Jeet Kun Do should be read by all martial artists as well as the Book of 5 Rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hubbard View Post
    Angry White Pajamas by Robert Twigger
    I saw this book at Borders last night. I thumbed thru it really quickly, but it didn't make it into my pile on the floor.

    Can you tell me more about the book?

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