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Black Belt Fitness for Life: A 7-Week Plan to Achieve Lifelong Wellness Paperback – August 11, 2015
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"In these pages you will find the essence of Grandmaster's teachings, philosophy, and workout programs all of which are transformative, not only from a physical standpoint, but more importantly, from a mental standpoint." —Andrew Federici, Webby Award Winner and T. Kang Tae Kwon Do student, 2nd Dan Black Belt
"This book is really well organized, very readable, and indeed, even makes you want to try out the stretches and exercises. It really does motivate you to at least try out what the author is saying." — Jaredd Wilson, Martial Thoughts
"As someone who enjoys the physical nature of Taekwondo, as well as triathlons, mountaineering and 24 hour endurance races, Grandmaster Kang has helped me strengthen not only my body but my mental capacity as well. It is only once you have experienced the guidance in life that he brings that you start to learn what you are really capable of. From a well renowned lineage in the martial arts, he has the unique ability to bring out the best in you." —Alexander (Alf) Garner, CEO Faber Global North America
"Grandmaster Kang's unique approach to fitness is refreshing. His stretching exercises based on martial arts movements are so much more engaging than typical workout routines. Anyone looking for motivation to begin exercising will benefit from this book." —Devin Alexander, New York Times bestselling author; chef of NBC's The Biggest Loser and Host of America's Chefs on Tour on PBS
"Grandmaster Kang's approach to fitness and to life is one in the same—a balance of exercise, eating well, having fun, and building mental strength. Anyone looking to improve their well being would benefit greatly from reading this book." —Shane McMahon, Chairman YOU On Demand and former WWE Executive Vice President of Global Media
"The T. Kang Taekwondo website states 'A tradition of excellence since 1969'; this is a rare truth in today's hyped-up social media era. Grandmaster Kang runs an outstanding program that has truly benefited both me and my family. Training with Grandmaster for more than a decade has not only benefited me personally (I'm less stressed and more focused at work), but has benefited our home life. Our kids became more attentive and excelled at school and other sporting activities. Training under Grandmaster Kang as a family and earning our black belts has been an exceedingly rewarding personal and family experience." —Robert Vecchio, Ph.D., P.E., CEO/Principal Lucius Pitkin, Inc.
"My favourite part of the book is how it makes getting fitter seem so reachable and realistic for everyone out there through making simple changes. This inspiration is needed in any fitness guide, as starting is always the hardest part. A great and easy read, full of very useful advice for a lifestyle change that will no doubt make you into a fitness Black belt." — Martial Arts Lab
"I've learned the importance of stretching and exercising on a regular basis from my experience as a healthcare professional for the last 17 years. Grandmaster Kang's fitness regiment is not only a great way to stay in shape but can also help prevent injuries, especially as we age." —Dr. John R. Gehnrich D.C.
About the Author
Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang is a greatly accomplished martial artist. He has dedicated his life to mastering the art of Taekwondo and received his 1st Dan Black Belt in 1973, achieved Grandmaster (8th Dan) status in 1994, and was awarded his 9th Dan Black Belt in 2007. He has participated in both national and international tournaments and has trained some of the top tournament competitors in the world, as well as many celebrities and their families. He is the director of three of the largest martial arts schools in New York. Visit his website at tkangtkd.com.
Michael Imperioli is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He also appeared in the TV drama series Law & Order as Detective Nick Falco.
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I have to thank Grandmaster, though, because he's always taught us that injuries and setbacks make us stronger mentally, which he expands upon in this wonderful book. And there's another very important lesson he points out: life-long fitness is about the journey, not the end result; it doesn't matter that I missed a belt test, because I have my whole life ahead of me to keep training. I recently began easing back into practicing Taekwondo, and though I'm currently weaker and several pounds heavier than I was five months ago, I'm confident that I'll get back to where I was with time, and that's because I see the way Grandmaster and his other staff members persevere through their injuries and continuously strive to be better than ever.
I actually just did the strengthening plan exercises for "White Belt Beginner Level" in the book and am currently writing this review covered in sweat—after only three minutes of exercise! Grandmaster's approach to fitness is not only easy and time-efficient, but super effective—almost surprisingly so. I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone, whether they be exercise novices or exercise junkies. Grandmaster teaches not just about physical fitness, but demonstrates how to achieve mental clarity, life balance and self-confidence—with no gimmicks or shortcuts.
I was definitely not disappointed in the end result. Black Belt Fitness For Life is a no-nonsense workout and fitness plan that never condescends and instructs readers in an earnest, positive manner. You can take control of your own physical well-being. It won't be easy, but that's the beauty of the book. There are no quick-fixes or nonsense. It's all about using the five tenets of taekwondo to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle over the long term.
With helpful illustrations, readable prose, and an excellent central conceit, Black Felt Fitness For Life is an ideal choice for both experienced martial artists and people who are looking to get fit for the first time. Definitely check this one out.
But beyond considerations of style, the reader soon discovers some of the wisdom that a gifted teacher can impart. Grandmaster Kang’s philosophy, based on the tenets of Tae Kwon Do, is instilled in his approach to life and all of its endeavors, including his effective workout method.
I am happy to endorse Grandmaster Kang’s fitness program because it is based on sound principles that are in harmony with his approach to life and the martial arts. By setting challenging but realistic goals, and with patience and consistency, one can use this program to achieve sustainable and continually progressive results.