The Way To Black Belt by Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder

The Way To Black Belt is a great book for all martial artists!

I was fortunate to receive a draft manuscript of The Way to Black Belt: A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results

Kane and Wilder took an interesting approach by introducing each chapter with and intro by an experienced black belt and then ending each chapter with a treatise from a senior student. The wisdom from these accomplished martial artists ads tremendously to the excellent advice Kane and Wilder present in each chapter. Additionally, the book provides many other resources that are included in the suggested reading and recommended web site portions of each chapter.

Chapters include such topics as not limiting yourself, finding a good instructor, knowing how you learn, understanding strength versus skill, practicing a little every day, understanding strategy to master tactics, knowing how to work through injuries and using technology. All of these chapters provide excellent advice for beginning martial artists through advanced. For
instructors, knowing how you learn, but also how your students learn is extremely valuable. Anyone who has ever practiced a martial art for any length of time has most likely experienced some form of injury. For those of us who have been practicing many years, we’ve lost count. Kane and Wilder’s chapter on injuries has important guidance in treating injuries and most important preventing them in the first place.

I was impressed when I read the first draft, and I am now extremely impressed with the finished book. This is a book that I highly recommend for any martial artist. For the beginner, it will help you achieve results much faster. For the experienced martial artist or instructor, it will help you along your journey and provide guidance to become a better teacher. If you are serious about your martial arts training, read this book.

I wrote this review a while back, but I’m moving it here to Your Warrior’s Edge where all my martial art related reviews are posted.

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