Gorin no Sho: The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
Master of the sword, battlefield strategy, brush - Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan during the 1600s, is the most famous Japanese warrior of all time. The Gorin no Sho (the Book of Five Rings), written just prior to Musashi's death, is generally considered his greatest literary work, and one of the 'must read' texts on strategy.
Nengo - Japanese Era Names
This comprehensive chart is useful for matching up Western dates with the Japanese era calendar.
These are selected poems written by various Japanese warriors and spiritual figures. Along with the usual martial curriculum, poetry, calligraphy, flower arranging, among other things, were important aspects of the classical warrior's education.
Genji Monogatari: The Tale of Genji (abridged) by Murasaki Shikibu
The Genji Monogatari, written in the eleventh century by Murasaki Shikibu - a woman of the Heian court, is considered one of the pre-eminent masterpieces of Japanese literature and one of the earliest examples of the novel to appear in the world. 'Bunbu ryodo' is an expression roughly meaning the scholarly and military arts are one, and reflects the importance of not only military training, but literacy and cultural study as well. Studying the classics of literature, such as the Tale of Genji, was important in the development of the feudal Japanese warrior.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
This treatise on warfare, written over twenty-five centuries ago, is still considered one of the standard classics on strategy and warfare, and continues to exert an enormous influence in the modern age. Individuals from all backgrounds continue to find inspiration and valuable lessons from this timeless work.
Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu
The Tao te Ching (Book of the Way), composed of eighty-one chapters, is the classic guide for living.
Analects - Confucius
Written over 2000 years ago, the Analects is a collection of wisdom from Confucius and his disciples on a variety of themes. The teachings of Confucius permeated and influenced much of East Asian society, including Japan.
Use of Force Information
This guide for law enforcement officers is the premier work in regards to legal standards of use of force in combative situations. This guide also provides a valuable resource for civilians learning martial arts and self-defense and the legalities of employing their training in real world encounters.