By Kevin O'Hagan
Martial arts / Combat books - you should read
I have always been an avid reader of martial arts /combat books and have read 100's over the years. I was recently asked which books I would say were essential reading for the serious reality street orientated combat trainer?
This posed a good question and I thought long and hard about the books I had read and came up with what in my opinion are some of the best modern books on the subject. I feel these texts should be in any reality martial artists' library as vital reference material.
Obviously there are probably more great books out there and I would love any feedback. These are mine in no particular order.
· Dead or Alive - Geoff Thompson
· Streetwise - Peter Consterdine
· Pre emptive strikes for winning fights - Jamie O'Keefe
· The gift of fear - Gavin De Becker
· Bare Kills - Oscar Diaz Cobo
· Reality based personal protection - Jim Wagner
· Urban Combatives manuals vols 1&2 - Lee Morrison
· The self defence manual - Dougherty & Birdsall
· Every second counts - Sammy Franco
· R.E.A.C.T - Steve Collins
· Surviving armed assaults - Lawrence A Kane
· Unarmed against the knife - Oscar Diaz Cobo
· The art of fighting without fighting - Geoff Thompson
· The savage science of street fighting - Ned Beaumont
· In the face of violence - Kevin O'Hagan
· On Combat - Colonel David Grossman
· Contempory knife fighting - Grosz and Janich
· Cheap shots, ambushes and other lessons - Marc 'animal' MacYoung
· No second chance -Bradley Steiner
· Black Medicine Vol 1, 2, 3 - N.Mashiro
· Bouncers guide to barroom brawling - Peyton Quinn
These are all modern day classics. From the 70's upwards. I also cheekily listed one of my own. What do you think of the list?
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