Other books on martial arts, not translations

This will be a list of books, not translations. I will mention which are informative and well written and which are not really worth buying. Most books on martial arts I read either in Chinese or translated into English. The translated ones I post on the translation list, and the others I will gradually add here, in alphabetic order.

Good books, in English:

Byron Jacobs. Dragon Body, Tiger Spirit: A Translation and Explanation of the Classic Texts of Xingyi Quan. (technically, there is a lot of translation, but there is so much discussion that I feel this belongs in a list of original works). 2023. This is a necessary book for anyone who does Xingyi Quan.

Tom Bisio. Ba Gua Circle Walking Neigong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang. 2012. Makes a lot of sense, and changed the order in which I do my set walking when doing Liang style.

Tom Bisio. A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth: How to Treat your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors. 2004.

Tom Bisio, Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations. 2016.

Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo.  Jingwu: The School that transformed Kungfu. Blue Snake Books. 2010. This is an interesting read with great historical photographs.

C.P. Ong. Taijiquan: Cultivating Inner Strength. 2013.

Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim and David Gaffney. Chen Style Taijiquan: the Source of Taiji Boxing. 2002.

A. Westbrook and O. Ratti. Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere. Tuttle Publishing. 1970. This is a classic, and belongs on every martial artist's bookshelf. The drawings by Mr. Ratti are brilliant. 

Do not get:

涂行健 . 馬派八卦掌。(Ma school baguazhang, Tu Xingjian) Language House Publishing Company。 香港 (Hong Kong)。2008。 This is possibly the most annoying book I've ever read. You have to sort through so many side tracks (including many strongly worded anti-foreign diatribes, actually using the words 'foreign devil', as if assuming that foreigners will never master the Chinese language enough to read his book) that you wonder if it is worth ploughing through. On the plus side, there are many good photos of Yu Zhiming and Liu Wanchuan, and the occasional interesting discussion of methods. There are two volumes, and I have yet to finish them. For some reason I keep wanting to throw them across the room.

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