Recommended Reading

There are lots of people who practice MMA for fun, or just for exercise and to stay shape.

And there’s no problem with that.

But if you want truly excel at this sport, and become proficient at your craft, then you have to study.

You can have your training, nutrition, and everything else in on point, but you’ve got to take it a step further.

You have to devote your every being to this sport.

And that means completely submerging yourself in learning as much as you possibly can.

Here is my list of books that we recommend to take your knowledge of the sport to the next level:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

  1. Jiu-Jitsu University
  2.  The Black Belt Blueprint: An Intelligent Approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  3.  Zen Jiu Jitsu – White to Blue


  1. The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw
  2. Speed Training for Combat, Boxing, Martial Arts, and MMA: How to Maximize Your Hand Speed, Foot Speed, Punching Speed, Kicking Speed, Wrestling Speed, and Fighting Speed
  3. Muay Thai Basics: Introductory Thai Boxing Techniques
  4. The Complete Book Of Taekwon Do Forms
  5. Essential Book of Martial Arts Kicks: 89 Kicks from Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, and Others [DVD Included]
  6. Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts (Martial Science)


  1. Karate Science: Dynamic Movement (Martial Science)
  2. Karate-Do: My Way of Life
  3. The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do



  1. Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance
  2. Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts
  3. Tendon Nei Kung: Building Strength, Power, and Flexibility in the Joints
  4. The Martial Artist’s Book of Yoga: Improve Flexibility, Balance and Strength for Higher Kicks, Faster Strikes, Smoother Throws, Safer Falls, and Stronger Stances
  5. Plyo-Flex: Plyometrics and Flexibility Training for Explosive Martial Arts Kicks and Performance Sports
  6. Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika


Strength & Conditioning:

  1. Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength (Second Edition)
  2. Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Training
  3. You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises
  4. Building the Gymnastic Body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training
  5. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition
  6. K.O. Power: Complete Strength Training for Devastating Punches, Kicks & Throws
  7. Capoeira Conditioning: How to Build Strength, Agility, and Cardiovascular Fitness Using Capoeira Movements
  8. The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate
  9. Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Techniques: Apply the Modern Training Methods Used by MMA Pros! [DVD Included]
  10. Chain Reaction Training: Exercising the Nuclear Option for Combat Strength and Conditioning
  11. Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts
  12. Weight Training for Martial Arts: The Ultimate Guide
  13. Fit to Fight: An Insanely Effective Strength and Conditioning Program for the Ultimate MMA Warrior
  14. 60 DAYS To YOUR ULTIMATE MMA: A COMPLETE Strength Training and Nutrition Guide to Get Stronger, Faster and Powerful



  1. The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse For High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body
  2. Superfit: Royce Gracie’s Ultimate Martial Arts Fitness and Nutrition Guide (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)
  3. Pi Gu Chi Kung: Inner Alchemy Energy Fasting
  4. The Dolce Diet: Living Lean
  5. The Fighter’s Body: An Owner’s Manual: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts
  6. Martial Arts Nutrition: A Precision Guide to Fueling Your Fighting Edge
  7. The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Nutrition: Maximize Your Potential


  1. Zen in the Martial Arts
  2. The Zen Way to Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (Compass)
  3. The Way of the Living Sword: The Secret Teachings of Yagyu Munenori
  4. The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman (The Way of the Warrior Series)
  5. Moving Zen: Karate as a Way to Gentleness
  6. The Shaolin Way: 10 Modern Secrets of Survival from a Shaolin Kung Fu Grandmaster
  7. The Life-Giving Sword: The Secret Teachings From the House of the Shogun (The Way of the Warrior Series)
  8. Seisa: Meditation-Karate-Judo











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