Wharton, Jim & Phil. The Wharton's Stretch Book. Times Books: New York 1996
Book that features "active-isolated stretching : 59 stretches for over 55 different sports and everyday activities". Contains stretches that are divided into bodily regions and with sections suggesting stretches for different activities. Also contains forms for tracking progress.

Fire and Flow



Lawrence, Ramon Japanese Swordsmanship: Book I Beginners guide to learning Seitei Iaido and Book II Advanced guide to learning Seitei Iaido Budokan Bujutsu Academy, Perth 2017
These two volumes distil Lawrence (7DAN Renshi) sensei's decades of practice and teaching in iaido.

Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Iai: English Version Manual All Japan Kendo Renmei, Japan 2014
This is the current version of the official guide to practice, examinations and competition and is therefore critical to have for all practitioners of Seitei Iaido. It is available via the ZNKR website.


Krieger, Pascal. Jodo: the way of the stick. Association helvetique de Jodo: Geneve, Switzerland 1989
Currently the seminal book on Shinto Muso Ryu (SMR) Jodo for western practitioners (out of print...available online)

Jespersen, Bo M. Jodo Notebook: A guide to the way of the stick. Books on Demand: Copenhagen 2014
Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR) Jodo based book on kehone and Setei kata

Kamiuoda, Tsunemori. Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu and Uchida Ryu Tanjojutsu. Unknown publisher, unknown date
Guide to two of the ancillary arts of SMR Jodo: the long & short sword and the tanjo. Covers the kata only (in Japanese)

Kamiuoda, Tsunemori. Ikkaku Ryu Jutte and Ittatsu Ryu Hojo. Unknown publisher, unknown date
Guide to two of the ancillary arts of SMR Jodo: the jutte & tessen and rope restraint tying. Covers the kata only (in Japanese)

Kamiuoda, Tsunemori. Isshin Ryu Kusarigama. Unknown publisher, unknown date
Guide to the ancillary art of SMR Jodo, the kusarigama. Covers the kata only (in Japanese)


Kruyning, Edgar The Art of Ju-Jutsu: The legacy of Minoru Mochizuki's 'Yoseikan'. Lulu: USA 2009
An excellent resource that outlines many of the philosophical underpinnings and terminology that we use in our Jujutsu.

Mifune, Kyuzo. The Canon of Judo: Classic Teachings on Principles and Techniques. Kodansha International: Tokyo 2004
A seminal work that is a foundation for understanding the practice of ju wasa in both Judo and Jujutsu.

Ribeiro, Saulo & Howell, Kevin Jiu-Jitsu University. Victory Belt Publishing: Hong Kong 2008
And excellent primmer for ne wasa and provides and important basis for understanding how to approach and improve your groundwork.

Shioda, Gozo.Total Aikido: The Master Course. Kodansha International: Tokyo 1996
A translation of the work by the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, which underpins the practice of aiki no wasa in our jujutsu.


Budden, Paul. Looking at a Far Mountain : A Study of Kendo Kata. Tuttle Publishing: Boston 2000
Guide to Kendo kenjutsu kata and the history of Kendo kata


Herrigel, Eugen. Zen in the Art of Archery. Translated by R.F.C. Hull. Vintage Books: New York 1989
One of the fundamental books for westerners on the art and on the philosophical aspects of the martial arts

Kushner, Kenneth. One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery, Enlightenment. Tuttle Publishing: Boston 2000
Another seminal book on the art & Zen practice. Gives insights that are useful to all martial arts




Westbrook, A. & Ratti, O. Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction. Tuttle Publishing: Boston 1970
Work on the philosophy and practice of aikido...can be useful to all practitioners of martial arts

Kenjutsu - References on the use of the sword from schools of thought different to the sword arts practised at BBRD

Miyomoto Musashi. The Book of Five Rings. Translated by Thomas Cleary. Shambhala: Boston 1993
Regarded as one of the best translations of Musashi's work. Also includes The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori

Lowry, Dave. Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword. Ohara Publications: Santa Clarita, California 1986
Book on various techniques for the Japanese long sword...has an aikido flair but some aspects are appropriate for jodo and the other sword arts

Suino, Nicklaus. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship. Weatherhill: Boulder, Colorado 1995
This book contains basic cutting drills for single and paired practice

Philosophy & Etiquette - References on the philosophy behind most martial arts and dojo etiquette

Lowry, Dave. In the Dojo : A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts. Shambhala: Boston 2006
Self explanatory title

Nitobe, Inazo. Bushido: The Warrior's Code (reprint of Bushido: The Soul of Japan). Ohara Publications: Burbank, Califorina 1979
Work written for western readers and was originally published in 1899. Discusses the various philosophical aspects of bushido

Soho, Takuan. The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master. Translated by William Scott Wilson. Kodansha International: Tokyo 1986
Three writings by Takuan, a Zen monk, about the philosophical aspects of the art of the sword - most notably on confrontation, both internal and external - and are addressed to ken masters

Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Translated by Samuel B. Griffith. Oxford University Press: London 1963
This translation of the seminal concepts of war is by a retired US Marine Corps Brigadier General and does not have the "business interpretation" of so many other translations sold under the Business section of book stores. Includes commentaries and also contains Wu Ch'i's Art of War