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Bonus Podcast: 10 Books for the Pragmatic Karateka

This new website makes it so easy for me to add new content that I’ve been able to put out this “bonus podcast”! I’ve called it a bonus podcast because this is not the scheduled “official podcast” – which will be on stances and be out in a week or so – but an extra podcast on 10 books that I recommend you read (not one of which was written by me … I’m assuming you’ve already got all those ;-).

This is not a “top 10” or anything like that because there are loads of other books – which may be discussed in future bonus podcasts – I would also strongly recommend. In this podcast I simply discuss 10 books that I feel all pragmatically minded traditionalists should read. They are a mix of classical books and books by modern authors and in each case I explain why I recommend the book and what can be gained from it. It was a case of hit record and off I went! I hope you enjoy this bonus podcast and that it encourages you to check out some of the books. I’ll be back with the scheduled “official podcast” very soon!

All the best,


PS The books discussed are listed below.

All of the books above are available from Amazon with the exception of  Neptune Publication’s Karate-Do Kyohan and Karate-Do Taikan translated by Mario McKenna. For those two books, direct links are provided.

  1. Karate-Do: My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi
  2. The Way of Kata by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane
  3. Streetwise by Peter Consterdine
  4. Dead of Alive by Geoff Thompson
  5. Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller
  6. Karate-Do Kyohan by Gichin Funakoshi (Neptune Publications edition – click here)
  7. Karate-Do Taikan translated by Mario McKenna (click here)
  8. Four Shades of Black by Gavin Mulholland
  9. The Bubishi (as translated by both Patrick McCarthy & George Alexander)
  10. Pavement Arena by Geoff Thompson
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Iain Abernethy
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