"The path to black belt begins here."


Brad's reading list
  1. CDKA USA website: http://chungdokwanusa.memberlodge.com/, (contains descriptions and some video of forms and basics);
  2. Tae Kwon Do Classic Forms: 21 Hyung, by Grandmaster Ted Hillson (our good friend and 9th Dan Grandmaster);
  3. Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do, by Duk Sung Son (out of print, but used books available through Amazon);
  4. www.natkd.com/shotokan_katas, (interesting videos of shotokan katas including performances from first generation Funakoshi students/masters in Japan);
  5. Best Karate 2: Fundamentals, by Masatoshi Nakayama;
  6. Chung Do Kwan, by C. Alexander Simpkins;
  7. Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts,  by Sang H. Kim (for those of us that just can’t get enough stretching);
  8. Tao of Jeet Kune Do, by Bruce Lee (published posthumously from Lee’s notes, beginning students will find it hard to follow) ;
  9. The Zen Way to the Martial Arts, by Taisen Deshimaru;
  10. Zen and the Martial Arts, by Joe Hyams;
  11. Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text, by Gichin Funakoshi;
  12. The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master, by Gichin Funakoshi;
  13. Karate-Do: My Way of Life, by Gichin Funakoshi;
  14. Living the Martial Way, by Forrest Morgan;
  15. Black Belt Korean Karate, by Duk Sung Son (out of print, hard to find at a reasonable price, contains descriptions of about 5 upper level forms).

Have a favorite martial arts book or reference?  Let us know, and we will add it to our list.


NAMA School of Chung Do Kwan in Flagstaff, Arizona