7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2007
If you want to teach martial arts, this is a great introductory book. A quote from the author says it best: "If you flip through the ads for your local martial arts schools you might get the impression that being some kind of champion is a prerequisite for being an instructor. In reality, what you are is more important than what you have done in the past. To be a good instructor you have to do more than teach. You have to understand and relate to your students. You must have a sense of mission and motivation for what you are doing. You must have knowledge and experience as well as a sense of professionalism. Above all, you have to "believe in what you are doing."
Absolutely true! In a well-managed dojo, all students are actively engaged in instructor-led activities or self-directed practice at all times. Not only do they know what they are expected to do but teaching styles have been thoughtfully selected and communication techniques appropriately tailored such that they are generally successful at doing it. Students feel that they are making progress daily, learning something new, no matter how small, at each training session. There is little to no time wasted due to confusion or disruption. A work-oriented tone prevails, but within a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.
Innate teaching methods are largely determined by an instructor's character, cultural-heritage, personality, and martial arts background. This means that there can be as many different teaching methods as there are teachers. Regardless, there are fundamental formulas that can be applied to anyone's teaching style to make it as effective as possible. Dr. Kim's book outlines many of these formulas, offering practical suggestions to improve anyone's teaching skills. While it's certainly not the end-all, be-all of instruction books, it is well worth the read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2011
When I first became an Assistant Instructor I was very keen to learn as much as I could about teaching. Admittedly I have learnt the majority of my skills from my masters but this book was a huge help. The book covers a huge range of subjects: like what makes a good martial arts teacher, how to teach different age ranges, motivating students, cultivating discipline and respect and how to cope with disruptive students. Overall an excellent book, but if I was only going to buy one book on teaching martial arts I would buy Martial Instruction by Lawrence A. Kane as it does everything this book does and much more.