Books

Martial arts and self-defense book resources.

Re-Gifters

Re-Gifters

Mike Carey

Re-Gifters is a graphic novel by Mike Carey, drawn by Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel. Dixie lives on the edge of Koreatown in LA and the only outlet for her passion is Hapkido. The story focuses on the interplay between her drive as a competitor, her search for balance, and falling head over heels for a boy.

The Martial Arts

The Martial Arts

Susan Ribner, Dr. Richard Chin

The Martial Arts is a detailed overview of the history and modern practice of martial arts, written in 1978.

Beware the Masher: Sexual Harassment in American Public Places, 1880-1930

Beware the Masher: Sexual Harassment in American Public Places, 1880-1930

Kerry Segrave

Segrave documents in great detail larger trends and many, many individual accounts of sexual harassment in the U.S. from 1880-1930. The book is full of first hand accounts, excerpts from newspapers and official documents, and period illustrations. She examines both the nature of the harassment, the perception of the harassment, and certainly the harassment was responded to – from quick wits to umbrellas-turned-bludgeons.

The Science of Self-Defense for Girls and Women

The Science of Self-Defense for Girls and Women

Henry Seishiro Okazaki

The 1929 self-defense handbook by Hawaiian education and martial arts icon, Professor Okazaki. This book based mainly on jiu jitsu, includes photographs of Okazaki demonstrating moves with his female students.

Women in the Martial Arts: A New Spirit Rising

Women in the Martial Arts: A New Spirit Rising

Linda Atkinson

This book tracks the rise in popularity of martial arts among women in the US, beginning from around 1950 and continuing to the date of the books publication in the 1908s.

Bruising: A Journey Through Gender

Bruising: A Journey Through Gender

Mischa Merz

After being assaulted on the street, the author takes up boxing. This is her story of her journey into amateur boxing.

The Fine Art of Jujutsu

The Fine Art of Jujutsu

Emily Watts

1906. Vintage jiu-jitsu instructional book with scads of pictures. Among the first English language instructional jiu-jitsu books, this one written by one Emily Watts.