Book reviews

If you’d like me to review your martial arts books then get in touch.

Note on review policy: My reviews have always been, and always will be 100% independent. This is not paid-for content or ‘advertorial’. Books can be returned after the review period if required.

Mythologies of Martial arts by Paul Bowman, a review.

What do martial arts signify today? What do they mean for East-West cross cultural exchanges? How does the representation of martial arts in popular culture impact on the wide world? What is authentic practice? What does it all mean?

Xing Yi Quan – A study of Tai and Tuo Xing Review

The focus of this book is on two of Xing Yi’s 12 animals: Tai and Tuo, but it also covers an awful lot of general Xing Yi theory.

Hidden in Plain Sight by Ellis Amdur Review


A thorough investigation of the martial power of Morihei Ueshiba and a massive amount of research into the origins of Aikido.

Internal Body Mechanics for Tai Chi, Bagua and Xingyi by Ken Gullette, a review

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Anybody who has attempted to learn Tai Chi in any depth instantly realises that the choreography of a form is just that – choreography – and that the devil is in the details. Internal Body Mechanics is all about the details: How you move, what you move and where you move it to.

Strikes – Soul meets Body – Vladimir Vasiliev & Scott Meredith Review


The new book on Systema by one of the modern gatekeepers of the art. Read my review of this really interesting book here, written by Vladimir and Scott Meredith.

Possible Origins, Scott Park Phillips – a review part 1


A look at how Chinese theatre, religion, and martial arts are all part of the same puzzle. This is a fascinating book and I’d recommend it for all students of Chinese martial arts.

The Taijiquan & Qi Gong Dictionary by Angelika Frtiz Review


A handy dictionary of all the terms commonly associated with Taijiquan and Qigong.

Notorious The Life and Fights of Conor McGregor Review

MMA enthusiast Jack Slack breaks down all of Conor McGregor’s fights up to and including his rematch with Nate Diaz.