Recommended Reading
To truly master the martial arts, the artist must be strong in both body and mind.  Developing one without the other
leads to an imbalance and will leave you open to defeat.  Your body is developed through constant practice of
technique, both in and out of the dojo.  Cardiovascular fitness, weight training, kata, falls, sparring, grappling,
competition: these things all serve to develop the body.  But the question still remains how do you develop the

Development of the mind must come from constant study, careful contemplation, and meditation.  Reading of the
classic texts on martial arts, as well as the insights of other Masters one way to begin this mental development.  
This section is to designed to give you a jumping off point for your mental development as a martial artist.  The
books, articles and webpages listed here have been very helpful to my development as a martial artist.  If you have
any you would like to recommend, by all means please do so.  I am always looking for new insights into the martial

The last thing I would like to say is don't forget to take a break occasionally.  If too much time is spent
contemplating something, an imbalance will occur.  Time off from the world is essential to the healthy development
of the mind and of the body.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

                                                                                                               - Sensei Joe Herreman
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The Book of Five Rings
by Miyamoto Musashi
(I recommend the translation by Stephen F. Kaufman 10th Dan)
Warrior Jujitsu
by George Alexander Ph.D. and
Ken Penland, 10th Dan
found at
The Complete Japanese Martial Arts Dictionary & Reference Guide
by George Alexander Ph.D.
   found at
The Way and the Power: Secrets of Japanese Strategy
by Fredrick J. Lovret
Ki in Daily Life
by Koichi Tohei
Zen in the Martial Arts
by Joe Hyams
by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
(I recommend Barry D. Steben's translation called
The Art of the Samurai)
The Sword & The Mind
Translated by Hiroaki Sato
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
(I recommend Thomas Cleary's translation)
The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi
y William Scott Wilson