Sensei’s Bookshelf

Reading recommendations from Sensei’s bookshelf.

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Ever wanted to know what’s on your instructor’s bookshelf? Look no further!

For ages 12+:

  • Hidden Hands by Phillip Starr
  • Martial Mechanics by Phillip Starr
  • Kata: The Folk Dances of Shotokan by Rob Redmond (link to free pdf:
  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
  • Instructor Revolution by Kelly Muir

For adults (more serious topics, more difficult writing):

  • Survive the Unthinkable: A Total Guide to Women’s Self-Protection by Tim Larkin
  • Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller
  • The Little Black Book of Violence by Lawrence A. Kane & Kris Wilder
  • The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker


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