4 Classic Martial Arts Books on Wisdom & Philosophy


4 Classic Martial Arts Books On Wisdom & Philosophy

Being a martial artist means that you need to think, deeply, about how to use your power. If a normal person punches someone, they might, if lucky, knock them out. If Tyson punches someone, he could kill them. That is why books on martial arts philosophy are essential to your growth as a fighter and as a well rounded human being.

1. Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living


Bruce Lee remains popular not only for his movies and incredible physical feats, but also for his enduring wisdom and spirit. With a philosophy degree earned in the United States while teaching martial arts, Bruce managed to grasp the essence of life in a way most people twice his age did not.

“Abandon your search for Sainthood, and embrace your humanity.” -Bruce Lee

Practical and truly insightful, Striking Thoughts is wisdom to live by. 


2. The Book Of Five Rings

Musashi’s Book of Five Rings perfectly intertwines the art of combat with Eastern philosophy. The ancient Samurai goes into the very meaning of the moves and techniques that he employs, tying them together with the essence of nature and the meaning of existence. Heavily influenced by Buddhism and Taoism, this classic is a must read for any martial artist.


3. The Art of War

the-art-of-war-philosophyWritten over 2,500 years ago, this book has stood the test of time. Still required reading for military recruits to this day, Sun Tzu lays out basic principles that will help you conquer your opponents and your own life.

Used heavily by savvy businesses, The Art of War is full of wisdom that can transfer over to any aspect of your life where you wish to gain an edge over your competition.

If you are looking to become a leader, this book is the gold standard.

4. The Tao Te Ching

While not a book on martial arts, The Tao has itself influenced so many martial artists in both their techniques and philosophy that is deserves a spot on this list.

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” – Lao Tzu

The Tao is not only a guide to living a good life, it invokes deep thought and comparison on a variety of seemingly contradictory truths. A perfect read for those who are always stressed out or worried, or for those who wish to grasp the duality of the universe better.

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