|Art of War, Sun Tzu
||Very classic, you can read it to tell people that you've read it, but it also shows truths. I read it while George W. was invading Iraq and found it fascinating how relevant it was.
|Taekwondo, Park Park and Gerard
||Textbook for all tkd students. This is invaluable as you go through all the coloured belt rankings. A good reference for WTF patterns.
|The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
||This is actually the only book Bruce Lee wrote although there are other works attributed to him.
|A Book of 5 Rings, Miyamoto Musashi
||The greatest Japanese swordsman of all time. A good but short treatise on battle. Insightful, and if you get a decent annoted version it will tell much of his interesting life.
|Tao te Ching, Lau Tzu
||Classic Taoist philosophy. A slow read but good. One of "the 5 Chinese classics".
|The Holy Man, Susan Trott
||20th century version of Taoist philosophy. An excellent gem.
|Qi Gong for Health and Martial Arts, Dr Yang, Jwing Ming
||Contains complete forms, excellent for beginning to understand training your qi (pronounce chi, aka ki)