Education is a big part of your martial art studies. As you strive for self-improvement you should also increase your overall knowledge of traditional martial arts to become a well-rounded karateka. Below are the books deemed as Required Reading for the Kyu Grades. With each Rank comes more responsibility which in turn requires more education.
|7th Kyu||Karate-Do: My Way Of Life By Gichin Funakoshi||An autobiography of The Father of Modern Karate, Gichin Funakoshi.|
|6th Kyu||The Weaponless Warriors By Richard Kim||Short stories of several Karate Masters of the past by Richard Kim, Sensei of Patrick McCarthy.|
|5th Kyu||Oyama: The Legend, The Legacy By Michael J Lorden||A biography of the legend Mas Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate.|
|4th Kyu||Tales Of Okinawans Great Masters By Soshin Nagamine||Stories of several Karate Masters of the past by Shoshin Nagamine.|
|3rd Kyu||Shotokan’s Secret By Bruce B. Clayton, Phd||A sometimes contraversial account on the birth of Karate.|
|2nd Kyu||The Island Of Karate By George Alexander||A great reference manual of the origins of Okinawan Karate, researched in depth by George Alexander of Shorin Ryu style.|
|1st Kyu||Karate My Art By Choki Motobu Translated By Patrick Mccarthy||2 Choki Motobu books translated into English by Patrick McCarthy.|