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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a very good book... buy it, 15 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Martial Arts Instruction: Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques (Paperback)
This is a very good book!

Given the Japanese martial arts background of the Author, it still remains very relevant to the martial arts instructor of any system or style. It has lots of background theory on learning approaches (including some on the scientifically questionable 'learning styles', which is handled very well nevertheless). The author is obviously a very capable, very experienced instructor and his wealth of experience really gets the reader into the meat of the subject matter.

I would have likes to see more specific examples of how the theory chapters link in with the teaching and structuring of the martial arts classes, but this is a fairly minor quibble and likely stems from wishing the author would have covered these kinds of things a bit less generically (and fully); I can't fault the book as a whole, however, and I would recommend this book without question to both instructors and students of the martial arts... If your instructor does things the way Mr Kane does things, then he is a very good instructor indeed. And if he doesn't... well, buy him the book!

Buy this book; at the price, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instructors YOU NEED this book!!!!!, 10 Jun 2009
This review is from: Martial Arts Instruction: Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques (Paperback)
I began reading this book several months ago and rather that just read it I decided I'm going to give it my all (except for the last few weeks where I was preparing for a Dan Test which I passed). I decided to put into play everything that was written about into play in my own dojo. And everything that was discussed in the book worked.

I have had students say that the classes are more exciting and interesting over the last month or 2 and thats thanks to Lawrence's book.

It may not be as indepth as other books that are on the market but what Lawrence does is make it "readable" in layman's terms and cuts out all the jargon etc.

The book will sell itself you like me when you have bought and read this book will wish that you had bought it earlier.

I fully recommend this book to Instructors new or old as you may find something in the book which has been the answer to a question you had for years

Osu!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What every instructor should know, 3 April 2011
This review is from: Martial Arts Instruction: Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques (Paperback)
This book is my favourite book on teaching martial arts; it has so much depth that you'll want to keep referring back to it as you apply the techniques. It contains a lot of educational theory but it's presented in an accessible way using examples that martial artists will be able to recognise and relate to. The book does have a Karate focus but it's discussed in such a way that it's easy to apply the theories and techniques to your own art. I highly recommend this book very highly, even if you only occasionally help out with teaching martial arts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible for any Martial Arts Instructor, 25 April 2009
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Terry Tozer "TJSKA.com" (Reading & Bracknell, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Martial Arts Instruction: Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques (Paperback)
A very professional & well compiled book useful for any martial arts instructor, but even more so for karate in particular. Lawrence Kane background is Guju-ryu.

The book is well illustrated with many pictures, diagrams & charts. From lesson planning to a typical karate syllabus.

No matter whether you've just started your own martial arts club or have been teaching many years, you will fair much better by delving into the dozens of useful exercise within these pages. Why re-invent the wheel when you can learn so much from other people's mistakes & problems that they have successfully overcome.

There aren't many other titles around on teaching & instructing martial arts classes, but you may also be interested in John Graybeals book on The Art of Empowering Children: A Karate Masters Secrets or a very good title by Carol Wiley's called Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching gives dozens of stories directly from other instructors' sucesses & failures. Also there are Sang Kims book called Teaching Martial Arts: The Way of the Master is about the only other decent book I could possibly recommend or his one called Martial Arts Instructor's Desk Reference: A Complete Guide to Martial Arts Administration

Chapters include;-
1) Understanding learning style differences between students.
2) Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
3) Application of the Six Teaching Styles to Martial Arts
4) Fostering a Positive Learning Environment.
5) Dojo Lesson Planning

Appendices include;- sample lesson plan, determining your psychological profile, kata of Goju-ryu, requirements through to Shodan.
A thoroughly enjoyable & highly informative book.
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