Books about fighting.
December 8, 2012 8:01 AM Subscribe
Looking for good, critical books and resources on martial arts and fighting. I prefer them to be academic enough to have survived peer review, but will take what I can get. Anything martial arts related would do, I'm interested in understanding martial arts and fighting in a more general sense.
posted by Stagger Lee to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm specifically interested in the history of martial arts or western fighting styles. (I've got experience with a bunch of western and asian styles, and find them all interesting in their own ways.) Right now, I'm also interested in understanding karate.
It's a general question though, I'll take anything. I would like to avoid books that uncritically rely on rumour or legend. So many of the resources for martial arts seem to boast that their particular style is far superior, and accept legend like it's fact. I don't need that. The more rigorous the better.
Suggestions? Hell, other media suggestions welcome too, if there are some fantastic documentaries, video clips, journals, essays, or whatever... let's hear it. Thanks.