There are countless paths you can go down, so I'll cover two of the most popular.
"Traditional" Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie
This book covers BJJ from the most simple techniques, to the more advanced stuff. You not only learn positions and submissions, but little intricacies that help you hold the ...
Buy the Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is Bruce's treatise on his philosophy - the philosophy which underpins his later teachings.
Absolute beginners should find teachers, not books, to learn technique from. You can try copying the stuff in "Bruce Lee's Fighting Method", but until you already have a basis in martial arts, ...
Yes there are treatises regarding Wrestling and Swordsmanship.
As can be seen on ARMA's Master Ott's Wrestling:
Hans Talhoffer (1443), Ms.Chart.A.558 (HK 20)
Peter von Danzig, Cod.44 A 8 (Cod. 1449)(HK 42)
Jud Lew, Cod.I.6.40.3 (HK 5)
Paulus Kal ,Cgm 1507
Hans von Speyer, M.I.29 1491 (HK 43)
Paulus Hector Mair, Mscr. Dresd. C 93/94 (HK 15, ...
If you had some training in classical jujitsu, then Hatsumi's book will work out just fine for you. He takes the hanbo / jo staff (3 or 4 foot staff) techniques entirely from the classical jujitsu arts that are contained under the umbrella of Bujinkan. You'll find a lot of overlap and similarity with what you already know from jujitsu regarding the footwork, ...
There is one main source you can base your knowledge about the art on:
Higaonna, M. (2001). The History of Karate: Okinawan Goju-ryu. Dragon Books.
Morio Higaonna is the current epitome of Goju Ryu, head instructor for decades, the highest-ranking practitioner, and a third generation student, taught by the students of the style's founder, Chojun Miyagi. ...
As suggested by an answer that was flagged as spam for excessive promotion and a comment, Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro is a solid choice. The book is organized around a progression of techniques:
This viewpoint emphasizes, for example, that the first thing you should learn from the position where ...
The most comprehensive manual seems to be The Science of Wrestling, Vol. 1 (1927). It details throws, pins, chokes, joint locks, counters, combinations, and entries:
Further resources are detailed below:
Pehlwani: Identity, Ideology and the Body of the Indian Wrestler, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 (1989)
Wrestling in Indi: Indian Wrestlers, Indian Wrestling ...
I can suggest Aikido Principles "Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art" from Stefan Stenudd. The author is an Aikikai instructor but I also found the book useful as a Kobayashi style practitioner. It is mostly about the basic concepts in Aikido, not the techniques. The spiritual side of Aikido has also been mentioned.
For german readers, I can also ...
One of the best aikido books I've read is Advanced Aikido jointly written by Phong Thong Dang and Lynn Seiser. There are very thorough descriptions and explanations of techniques which is a nice change compared to other books. Ideas such as Zanshin and mushin are discussed.
It is very well written and is excellent for anyone who has progressed beyond ...
If you can't find a Jeet Kune Do school but you want to learn something similar, look for an MMA gym. Mixed Martial Arts is an outflow of Jeet Kune Do. To such an extent that Bruce Lee is referred to as "The Father of MMA". Wing Chun comprises a large portion of Jeet Kune Do, but your chances of finding a Wing Chun school that teaches proper Wing Chun are ...
Yes, you can definitely learn from a book. People in martial arts far too often deny that because they won't admit that that is exactly why people write books. As a lad, I learned three entirely different systems from books so I knew the curriculum before I showed up for the first class.
That said, eventually you'll find it valuable to train with other ...
I would need more information on what you mean by forms and what you are try to accomplish. If it is how to fight with a knife/Tanto, there are many good styles. I am partial to some of the Israeli commando forms.
If you are looking for defense I can comment on this a little. I have trained in Aikido for many years in the US, Canada and Japan. When I asked ...