on 16 January 2007
In similar vein to the preceeding comments; I have found this book to be a real asset to have, especially if you are just starting your training in serious terms and need ideas for exercises to develop the seven building blocks of fitness and standards of fitness to work towards; ie strength, speed, coordination, flexibility etc. I used the 1st Edition of Dr Kim's book when I was a v v keen teenager and even with a BSc and an MSc in Biology and Physiotherapy today (and potentially a medical degree if I get on that course lol) i have always found this book the most to-the-point without reams and reams of complicated neuroanatomy and physiology pre-ambles to get in the way. For begineers go for it, intermediate and advanced grades in be Taekwon-Do, muay thai etc do give it real consideration and even for health professional eg sports scientists, medics, physios there are some treatment / training gems in here.
on 14 May 1999
Wow - I've never seen so many different martial arts conditioning exercises in one place. Tons of clear pictures make the exercises easy to figure out and each exercise describes how it applies to martial arts so you can figure out what ones you should be doing. Other background info about power, flexibilty, etc, is well organized without any useless fluff - to the point and easy to apply to martial arts. Great book for any style.
on 16 July 2012
This is a great book for beginners and intermediate martial artists. It has many comprehensive exercises. The Author does say the best way to get the best out of this book is to go back to chapters you wish to improve and re do the exercises in that chapter. The only reason I would say that these are not great for advanced students is because advanced students need to take these principles and customise them themselves. I quite like that face the Sang H Kim is also looking through other studies including papers published on physiology.
The instructions are helpful and the main thing I like is that you are told exactly what the exercise is good for. The only problem I have is someone trying an exercise for the first time might injure themselves trying to do some of the more advanced poses. The book does encourage people to train together to avoid injuries, get advice & feedback and to avoid boredom. All in all I great book, with reaffirms my belief that martial artists are the best conditioned athletes/people in the world.