Ironically, there are not any great books on Wing Chun or Escrima that are in publication that we endorse. But here are some great books on all the other aspects of realistic self defense:
The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker A consultant specializing in threat analysis, Mr. De Becker is a consultant to the Supreme Court and Fortune 500 companies. This book has abundant examples of how we listen to, or ignore, our instincts when it comes to personal safety.
Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller Written from the perspective of a Prison Guard on the Riot Response Team, Mr. Miller does a great job breaking down the multiple aspects to be considered when facing real violence. Terrific for anyone who hopes to rely on the ‘martial’ in their arts should violence find them.
Martial Arts America: A Western Approach to the Eastern Arts by Bob Orlando This book is great at helping a western society martial artist (or school owner) reconcile uniquely Asian aspects of the martial arts for themselves and their students. For example, why are you training barefoot, wearing a Gi, bowing to a foreign flag or shrine, and so much more. He’s not saying do or don’t, but encourages introspection to see if your training aligns with your values and expectations.
On Killing by Col. Dave Grossman A lecturing professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman has put together a terrific study on our modern society’s emotional and psychological state when facing violence and death in the military, police, first responders, and martial artists, especially as it compares to generations through the ages. Video Games, push-button violence, and the sanitized process of death and dying leave our Front Line woefully unprepared for the unseen trauma in their hearts and minds.
We can’t be all things to all people, so here are some awesome programs to consider:
Saekson’s Muay Thai for would-be ring fighters, run by Saekson Janjira, six time world champion.
Samurai Inti Martial Arts for well-rounded family martial arts, run by Sebastian Mejias, 5th Dan Tae Kwon Do, Black Sash in Combat Wing Chun, and Brown Belt in Carlos Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Wing Chun and Escrima will get you sweating, but we endorse whole-body, functional training outside of class, like these programs: