Reading List

SCMAA provides the following Martial Arts reading list in order for the reader to become familiar with factors that influenced the evolution of the marital arts and enhance the journey towards the Way. These selections have numerous authors who have interpreted these great works. This listing is only a few of the representative titles and authors which you can find to purchase. Additional selections will be added when recommended and reviewed.

SCMAA is not recommending one edition or author over another.


The Inner art of karate

Cultivating the Budo Spirit in Your Practice

Author: Kenji Tokitsu


The Way of Karate

Author: George E. Mattson


The Complete works of Lao tzu

Authors: Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching


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Uechi-ryu Karate Do

Author: George E Mattson


The book of five rings

Author: Miyamoto Musashi (translated by Thomas Cleary)



The Way of Uechi-Ryu Karate, Parts I, II, III, IV

Author: George E. Mattson


Secret Tactics

Author: Kazumi Tabata


The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu


Chi - Discovering Your Life Energy

Author: Waysun Liao


Warrior Wisdom

Author: Kazumi Tabata


Budishi - The Classic Manual of Combat

Author: Patrick McCarthy


Bushido - The Code of the Samurai

Author: Inazo Nitobe


Essential Anatomy - For Healing and the Martial Arts

Author: Marc Tedeschi


Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Author: Chogyam Trungpa


The Shogun's Scroll

Author: Stephen F. Kaufman


The Art of Peace

Author: Morihei Ueshiba (Translated by John Stevens)


Samurai - The World of the Warrior

Author: Stephen Turnbull


Yojokun - Life Lessons From A Samurai

Author: Kaigbara (Translated by William Scott Wilson)


The Samurai and the Sacred

Author: Stephen Turnbull


The Sword and The Mind

Author: Yagyu Munenori


Zen and the Ways

Author: Trevor Leggett


Samurai - The Code of the Warrior

Author: Thomas Louis and Tommy Ito


The Samurai - A Military History

Author: Stephen Turnbull


Ideals of the Samurai - Writings of Japanese Warriors

Translation: William Scott Wilson