Martial Arts Books Available in Our Online Store

Browse the Inner Traditions online bookstore for a wide variety of books on martial arts, including Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Aikido, Kalaripayat, the Katas, and Shoninki, the secret teachings of the Ninja. Read excerpts from well-known authors and experts like Mantak Chia, Master Natori Masazumi, Kenji Tokitsu, William Gleason, and others. Shop our wide selection of the best martial arts books from Vermont’s leading publisher of books for the mind, body, and spirit.

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  1. Fighting Buddha

    Fighting Buddha

    By Jeff Eisenberg

    $14.99
    Martial arts instructor and meditator Jeff Eisenberg shows that Buddhism and Martial Arts can complement each other. Challenging the belief that martial arts are not conducive to a meditative practice, the book shows the difference between violence and the use of force as it relates to the Buddha’s teaching of “cause no harm.”
  2. Healthy and Fit with Tai Chi

    Healthy and Fit with Tai Chi

    By Peter Newton

    $16.99
    "Posture, Posture, Posture"! This book identifies typical posture-related weaknesses that can impose limitations on a normally healthy functioning body. It then shows how to rectify these conditions by introducing the intricate body-mechanics and natural postures of Tai Chi and Qigong.
  3. Tai Chi Wu Style

    Tai Chi Wu Style

    By Mantak Chia
    By Andrew Jan

    $18.95
    Wu-style Tai Chi follows, rather than directs, the flow of chi energy and is a gentle Tai Chi form for beginners. Centered on a stance with feet closer together and arms closer to the body, these techniques for building a personal short-form Tai Chi Wu practice can bring about a broad range of health benefits.
  4. Tai Chi Fa Jin

    Tai Chi Fa Jin

    By Mantak Chia
    By Andrew Jan

    $21.99
    Fa Jin, an advanced yang style of Tai Chi, enables the practitioner to harness energy in the lower tan tien and discharge it as an explosively powerful blow. Integrates the teachings of Bruce Lee who made the “one-inch punch” technique famous.
  5. Simple Chi Kung

    Simple Chi Kung

    By Mantak Chia
    By Lee Holden

    $16.95
    In Simple Chi Kung, Taoist master Mantak Chia distills thousands of Chi Kung practices into one simple daily routine perfect for beginners and ideal as a warm-up to more advanced practices.
  6. The Katas

    The Katas

    By Kenji Tokitsu

    $16.95
    The dedication-to-perfection philosophy of the katas--specific sequences of movement in martial arts--is ubiquitous in Japanese society. This book explains how the katas transmit a profound ancient philosophy, not just technical movements.

  7. Shoninki: The Secret Teachings of the Ninja

    Shoninki: The Secret Teachings of the Ninja

    By Master Natori Masazumi

    $19.95
    The ninja were trained in secret schools using only a few books, written in code. The Shoninki, is one of these coded manuals, presenting the arts of concealment, espionage, and survival. This classic text confirms the path of the ninja as an authentic spiritual discipline.
  8. Kalaripayat

    Kalaripayat

    By Patrick Denaud

    $16.95
    Kalaripayat is the most ancient of the Eastern martial arts. It draws from the science of breath, creating highly concentrated trance states and helping to control the flow of vital energy. The practitioner learns to be a capable fighter and an accomplished healer.
  9. The Last Lama Warrior

    The Last Lama Warrior

    By Yogi Tchouzar Pa

    $19.95
    The Last Lama Warrior is the first book in English to reveal the principles and techniques of the Tibetan martial art of Sengueï Ngaro. Author Yogi Tchouzar Pa explains the postures, rules and teachings of this almost vanished Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
  10. Aikido and Words of Power

    Aikido and Words of Power

    By William Gleason

    $19.95
    The secrets of the sacred sounds that unlock the principles and spiritual strength of aikido are explained, along with the nature of the five vowels governing physical manifestations of universal consciousness. The author uses photographs to demonstrate how this approach fosters advanced spiritual practice.

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