The Way of the Warrior by Chris Crudelli.
This 360 page book, published in 2008 has been taken off my shelf, dusted and reviewed for our new martial arts book section. I apologise that it’s not a more up to date review but felt it worth mentioning.
Chris Crudelli is a Brummy best known for presenting the fairly decent martial arts documentary series Mind, Body and Kick Ass Moves shown by BBC three. He is noted as being a Kung Fu practitioner, television presenter and author. Mind Body and Kick Ass Moves took him around the globe and gave him an open door to speak to masters and grand masters of well known as well as the lesser known esoteric arts.
The book itself is divided into six sections;
China and East Asia,
South East Asia and Oceana,
Japan and Okinawa,
Africa, Middle East and Central Asia
and the Americas.
Each section has an introduction about how martial arts had developed in to that area and a basic history that may have affected attitudes towards martial arts. The book is heavily made up of stunning colourful pictures of the various martial arts. The text alongside are bite size chunks of easy reference reading, describing each art known in that region. Amongst this text are author notes. These bring a little bit of background into the training or culture. There are also various sayings and proverbs dotted around that make you feel that you have just eaten the biggest fortune cookie.
All in all, this book is an extremely well made and presented, picture rich reference guide to most of the martial arts out there. Don’t expect a huge background of history just enough to know the basics without being overwhelmed. A must have MA encyclopedia / reference guide to sort out your Wing Chun from your Won Ton.