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“This is the book I wish I’d had when I started out—the authors have forgotten more than most writers will ever know about making your training experience rich and meaningful." (Arthur Rosenfeld, martial arts instructor and author of The Cutting Season)

"Kane and Wilder not only succeed in defining a functional path to attaining yudansha level they also effectively bring back meaning and lost value to this important journey. In fact, it is so good I wish I had written it myself." (Patrick McCarthy, Hanshi 8th dan black belt, International Ryukyu Karate-jutsu Research Society)

"While this book targets students who are studying to achieve their black belt, it at the same time illuminates a path far beyond this limited goal.Reading this book will help anyone for whom the goal of a black belt seems nearly impossible to consider that maybe you’re wrong. Not only do I feel inspired, but I now have a ton of great ideas and advice on how to make the most of my training along the way." (Christopher Caile, 6th dan black belt, Editor of FightingArts.com)

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"Kane and Wilder not only succeed in defining a a functional path to attaining yudansha level they also effectively bring back meaning and lost value to this important journey. In fact, it is so good I wish I had written it myself." -- Hanshi Patrick McCarthy, 8th dan black belt

"I couldn't help but think how much faster I would have advanced and how much further along I'd be today if I'd have read this book and applied this knowledge at the beginning of my journey into martial arts years ago." -- Alain Burrese, J.D.


"Make no mistake, the book is not offering a short-cut to the coveted black belt, but rather a clear guide to the correct path--not the easy way, not the hard way, but simply the right way to achieve success." -- Goran Powell, 4th dan black belt

"While this book targets students who are studying to achieve their black belt, it at the same time illuminates a path far beyond this limited goal." -- Christopher Caile, 6th dan black belt

"Reading this book will help anyone for whom the goal of a black belt seems nearly impossible to consider that maybe you're wrong. Not only do I feel inspired, but I now have a ton of great ideas and advice on how to make the most of my training along the way." -- Laura Weller

"Serious martial artists will benefit from having this book on their shelves, it is a terrific resource." -- Steve Perry

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594390851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594390852
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martina Sprague on November 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for those looking to get started in the martial arts. Perhaps even more importantly, it is a superb book for those who have studied for a year or two and feel that they are stuck in the ennui of everyday training. In order to drive home important points, the authors have included many real-life motivational examples of martial artists overcoming all sorts of barriers, ranging from physical and mental disabilities to short stature and light weight.

The book will prime the student for the journey toward black belt. While it provides excellent background information about the history and meaning of the martial arts, it is not long-winded. For example, the authors identify the difference between jutsu (fighting techniques) and do (martial ways), which all too often seem to get blurred or misunderstood. Moreover, we often try to classify people according to gender or age. This book, by contrast, will help you understand the individual that is you. By getting to know yourself, you will begin to understand how to tailor your training so that it will suit your particular characteristics and inclinations.

When considering the journey to black belt and beyond, you may at first feel like you are facing a bottomless pit. When this happens, remember that it is not the belt that gives you insight and knowledge. As the authors so eloquently state, trophies are the result of good training, not the goal. Every journey starts with a first step, and then another . . . and another. This book places the journey to black belt in perspective and offers something for everyone.

Martina Sprague, author of The Complete Martial Arts Student: The Master Guide to Basic and Advanced Classroom Strategies for Learning the Fighting Arts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) VINE VOICE on January 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Let me begin by stating that I have been disappointed in one way or another with nearly every martial arts book I've read over the years: unclear instruction, unworkable techniques, too basic, too advanced, too much reliance upon foreign words and phrases, too much space devoted to katas, and a myriad of similar complaints -- this was not the case with THE WAY TO BLACK BELT by Kane and Wilder.

The front cover says, "A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results", and the back cover proclaims, "Cut to the very core of what it means to be successful in the martial arts" -- and to my surprise and pleasure this book delivers what has been promised.

There are no kata to be memorized here. No questionable responses to knife attacks. And no need to learn a bizarre vocabulary in order to understand the lessons. Indeed, atypical of most martial art books, very little time is spent addressing things like technique, terminology, or tactics. This book's focus is on training and mindset, which is far more valuable for the beginner to learn.

The authors have each spent a lifetime practicing the martial arts, and the chapters have introductions, excerpts, and commentary by over a dozen highly respected martial art instructors and authors. These folks have learned the hard way what works and what doesn't, and are willing to share these priceless insights with you the reader.

Outstanding advice on important subjects like: overcoming negative thinking, weeding out potential instructors who are not right for you, improving your technique, being a good student, dealing with injuries through common sense and pererverance, training aids, self study, and LOTS more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Rosenfeld on December 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I could write a long treatise on why this book should be on the shelf of every aspiring black belt, but you're better off spending the time reading the book than any review. Suffice it to say, many seasoned practitioners contributed to the insights here, and their thoughts have been beautifully organized and presented by Kane and Wilder. Even the photographs are excellent, especially the wonderful action shot near the front of the book. Each and every chapter is full of tips, strategies, and sage counsel, (injuries, technology, teacher-student relationships, motivation, linaments, styles, and much more--even movies). The martial path is as much about self-cultivation as skill building, as much about character as punches and kicks, and this book, chock full of practical information and profound, foundation-building concepts, helps in both regards. Savor it, refer to it, recommend it to a martial friend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Iain Abernethy on November 20, 2007
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This book explains in a straight forward way what it takes to be successful in the martial arts. As is the norm for the works of Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane, the information is logically presented in an accessible and inspiring way. I love the way these guys write! The book will help you get the most out of your training and ensure you make steady and sure progress to the coveted black belt, and beyond. All aspects of training in the martial arts are covered in what is a very thorough work. The book is an amazing resource! I'm honoured to be included in what is a very impressive list of contributors; all of whom are people I admire and are at the top of their chosen art. No matter what your style, level, age, gender you will be sure to benefit from reading this book. I wish I had had a book like this when starting out!

Iain Abernethy 5th dan British Combat Association - Author of Bunkai-Jutsu and Mental Strength
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