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The Way to Black Belt: A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results Paperback – November 1, 2007
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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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The authors speak directly to the reader from a position of experience, but genuine care. They honestly want you to understand what they are communicating, and they give clear, thorough presentations.
In "The Way to Black Belt", the authors lay out a clear path, and real solutions to some of the challenges that may arise. I recommend this book for beginner and intermediate students, but I have to recommend it for instructors as well. I have been able to use some of the insights from this book to help students who were struggling with different challenges. As much as the martial arts provide to a person in terms of life skills and personal strength, having another tool to aid in bringing the students to success makes this book one that belongs on every instructor's bookshelf as well.
Personally, my experience with "Way to Black Belt" was this: if you are/were already serious about the martial arts, or have studied before, you MAY have trouble getting through the first chapter, but don't skip it! It has some essential information about goal setting. Chapter two was much better and could be incredibly useful to those seeking a dojo and trying to find a good teacher. Even if you already have a dojo and an instructor, this could still give you some good things to look for. The rest of the book is just plain awesome. "Way to Black Belt" takes you all the way through setting goals, picking a dojo and an instructor, to figuring out your learning style and making it work for you, to how to get the most out of your practice time, to how to deal with injury and more. I could not believe how much knowledge is packed into this book. It is one I will continually reference back to and probably re-read frequently throughout my journey to black belt, and even after.
Seriously, its a great book. Buy it. Read it. You will not regret it.
The first few months,i could not even manage 1 push up.....But training under,arguably one of the greatest martial artist ,and following up with much research...using books like this...and training daily....3 to 4 hours...my goal to achieve "beginner status is in sight"
ESSENTIALS: ."do the time"...."enjoy the sweat" ,RESEARCH WIDELY,read books by this author etc etc"....and most important..seek out proven qualified mentors and teachers...KARATE IS NOW MY WAY OF LIFE and my Dojo...dedicated to Sensei Bakkies is named "THE GATEKEEPER ;see our websites : [...]
This book belongs to a brown belt student and he loaned it to me for a couple of days. I was impressed on how the book is about a journey and if one reads beyond the text, these examples, suggestions, and narratives can be used beyond training toward the goal of black belt. After all, many schools promote almost everyone to black belt eventually anyway, creating paper dragons. These authors, Kane and Wilder, provide a service beyond self-help martial arts style, but real examples to follow and techniques to persevere. The book serves to yes, help one attain the goal of black belt, but more importantly, to help individuals becomes good martial artist - for the long haul. After many years of teaching and training, I highly recommend this text.
I read the book very quickly, so the more detailed reviews here on Amazon will provide much needed information in helping one decide to purchase this fine book. I hope I have added something worthwhile to help these authors sell this very well written text.