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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press; 2 edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880336154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880336151
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comprehensive handbook for both would-be and experienced instructors, this book details the keys to becoming a successful instructor. -- Taekwondo Times, September 1997

Comprehensive, practical, authoritative and reader friendly, this book belongs on the bookshelf of every dojo... -- Midwest Bookwatch, April 1997

Easy to read yet packs plenty of teaching startegies you can use every day. -- Business Master Magazine,October 1997

This book is filled with practical information about how to plan classes and shows basic rules of effective, exciting teaching... --World Taekwondo Federation Quarterly Magazine, Summer 1997

About the Author

Sang H. Kim is an internationally respected author of 20 martial arts books, including the widely acclaimed Vital Point Strikes and the classics Ultimate Flexibility, Ultimate Fitness through Martial Arts, Martial Arts After 40, Combat Strategy and Teaching Martial Arts. His new book Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy is available at Amazon.com. 

He has also created over 200 instructional video programs including Self-defense Encyclopedia, Knife-defense, Power Breathing, Junsado Training Series, and Complete Taekwondo Series. They are available through Amazon Instant Video.

He won the 1976 Korean National Championship and was named Instructor of the Year by the Korean government in 1983. As a special agent during his military service, he developed tactical combat methods for hand-to-hand and hand-to-weapon combat for covert operatives.

Sang H. Kim is the originator of MBX-12, mindful movement and deep breathing exercises, and found it clinically effective in managing stress. His research results were published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and featured in CBS News, Huffington Post, Fox News, and others. 

Dr. Kim has a PhD in Exercise Science, and had training as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He also had additional training at the National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine of Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Kim frequently travels across North America, Europe, and Asia presenting seminars and speeches. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. Metro area with his wife, Cynthia. He blogs at OneMindOneBreath.com.

More About the Author

Sang H. Kim is an internationally respected author of over 20 martial arts books, including the widely acclaimed Vital Point Strikes and the classics Ultimate Flexibility, Ultimate Fitness through Martial Arts, Martial Arts After 40, Combat Strategy and Teaching Martial Arts. His new books Junsado Fundamentals, Standing and Ground Combat, Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy are available at Amazon.com.

He has also created over 200 instructional video programs including Self-defense Encyclopedia, Knife-defense, Power Breathing, Junsado Training Series, and Complete Taekwondo Series. They are available through Amazon Instant Video (free for Prime members).

He won the 1976 Korean National Championship and was named Instructor of the Year by the Korean government in 1983. As a special agent during his military service, he developed tactical combat methods for hand-to-hand, hand-to-weapon, and weapon-to-weapon combat for covert operatives. Based on this program and his lifelong training experience in martial arts, he founded Junsado,a dynamic fighting art, which is practiced around the world today.

Sang H. Kim is the originator of MBX-12, mindful movement and deep breathing exercise, which was used as the core exercise protocol in a federally funded clinical research on stress. His research results were published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and featured in CBS News, Huffington Post, Fox News, and others.

He has a PhD in Exercise Science, and had training as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He also had additional training at the National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kim frequently travels across North America, Europe, and Asia presenting seminars and speeches. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. Metro area with his wife, Cynthia. He blogs at OneMindOneBreath.com and Junsado.com.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2003
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If you want to teach martial arts, this is a great introductory book. A quote from the author says it best: "If you flip through the ads for your local martial arts schools you might get the impression that being some kind of champion is a prerequisite for being an instructor. In reality, what you are is more important than what you have done in the past. To be a good instructor you have to do more than teach. You have to understand and relate to your students. You must have a sense of mission and motivation for what you are doing. You must have knowledge and experience as well as a sense of professionalism. Above all, you have to believe in what you are doing."

Absolutely true! In a well-managed Dojo, all students are actively engaged in instructor-led activities or self-directed practice at all times. Not only do they know what they are expected to do but teaching styles have been thoughtfully selected and communication techniques appropriately tailored such that they are generally successful at doing it. Students feel that they are making progress daily, learning something new, no matter how small, at each training session. There is little to no time wasted due to confusion or disruption. A work-oriented tone prevails, but within a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.

Innate teaching methods are largely determined by an instructor's character, cultural-heritage, personality, and martial arts background. This means that there can be as many different teaching methods as there are teachers. Regardless, there are fundamental formulas that can be applied to anyone's teaching style to make it as effective as possible. Dr. Kim's book outlines many of these formulas, offering practical suggestions to improve anyone's teaching skills.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sensei Glen Doecke on March 15, 2000
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A exellent book on teaching with a non political veiw. I was very impessed with the author's over all out look. This books teaching technique's can be applied to any style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
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This is THE book on teaching martial arts. I bought the first edition when it came out many years ago and I love the additions that have been made in the second edition. If you are an instructor or hope to be some day, this the first book you should read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 13, 2004
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I have been teaching Taekwon-Do for the last three years now to both children and adults,ranging from people just interrestet in the fitness aspect of the sport to people currently on the national team. This book covers all aspects of instruction and student managing that you will need. To me alot of the contens was not completly new, but even the things i already knew was put into a system that made it easy to relate to and i know for sure that buying this book has had a positive effect on my instructor and coaching skills, wich my students have benefitted from. It covers a lot of teaching methology and alsoe includes a chapter on the buisness aspects of opening a martial art school, with budgeting and practical things that you have to do in regards to ensurance, advertising and much more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil Jennings on December 26, 2003
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I taught classes at my instructor's school for about a year before going out on my own. While I knew a good deal about teaching, I'd never really been taught how to teach in a systematized way. This book helped me organize my knowledge and fill in the gaps of what I'd missed out on learning "on the job" as a black belt. Wether you're a new instructor or you've been at it a while, this book is a great "road map" to solid teaching fundamentals.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Danny Iny on September 27, 2003
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I bought this book, mostly prompted by the other reviews to this product. And they were right, it does contain a lot of practical and useful information that is important for teaching. My problem is this: if you've reached the point where you are interested in teaching martial arts, you probably have enough experience in a class setting to know most of the basics. Stuff like teaching methodology, elements of a good teacher, student management and more are all useful, but not covered here in enough detail to really bring anything new to the table of someone who's been involved in martial arts long enough to think about teaching. I myself have about four years of experience (less than most people when then start teaching), and the time that I spent watching my sensei more than covers this stuff, as I'm sure watching any experienced instructor would. The book is useful because it covers a wide range of topics, but only if you don't have any experience in that area (i.e. if you've never taught children before, then you would benefit from reading the chapter on the differences between child and adult students). The other group of people who will benefit greatly from this book are people who are 'book-learning' martial artists. I personally have a friend with a strong background in kung-fu, but despite his broad experience, his situation is such that he has learned a lot of what he knows from books (of course, with coaching from various instructors). Thus being deprived of signinficant experience in a dojo setting, he would benefit from a book like this.
Again, not to mis-state - the book is good, but it isn't the be all and end all of teaching martial arts that the other reviews make it out to be.
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