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5.0 out of 5 stars It Does Exactly What it Says on the Lable!!, 19 April 2009
This review is from: Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching (Paperback)
You could be completely forgiven for being left confused deciding on which review above best describes the attributes of this book. Talk about chalk & cheese. I hope you'll instantly recognise which of the last two reviews is telling the truth & thus which is the more 'professional' of the two?

Just to set the record straight - this book is written by a long standing & widely experienced martial artist & teacher. For someone to have gone to such great expense, time & trouble to gather together & compile such a unique work immediately sets this title in a good light.

We're not just talking about one persons perspective, we're listening to the distilled knowledge & wisdom of 26 twenty six contributors, all from different backgrounds & styles! Some of which are, Kung-fu, H-singi, Tae Kwon do, different styles of karate, self defence, Aikido, Hapkido & Tai Chi amongst many others.

Yes, out of the 26 stories, eight of them are from male instructors & teachers, a ratio of more than 3 to 1 I admit, but so what? What does it matter what gender you are? It's the quality, quantity & usefulness of the information that's important. All of the writers here are experienced & each has a valid perspective on teaching.

In my humble opinion, Carol Wiley has been very 'professional' in her deciding which authors to include & has compiled this book so expertly as the information in this book is going to be a boon for any martial arts instructor of any style.

Her contributors deal with for example how to recognise & teach different types of student, be they a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner or whether that student perceives information globally or analytically. The differences & difficulties between teaching male, female or mixed classes & the challenges that teaching children can pose.

Interspersed throughout the book are pictures of students & teachers during their lessons.

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 hundreds of years of valuable experiences 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.

The shining beauty of this book is that its authorship is so diverse, not from one style, person or culture.

I found it difficult to put down due to the varied nature of each contributors style of writing & points of view. The variety it offers makes it very balanced on the whole. This is a serious text & there is nothing naïve or `pooh bear' about it. Equally, there is nothing misleading about the title either, `it does exactly what it says on the label'! As for John Graden, it seems strange to me that no one has bothered to expend any time on reviewing any of his books - the silence speaks volumes.

There aren't many other titles around, 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 Lawrence Kane called Martial Arts Instruction: Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques. Sang Kims book called Teaching Martial Arts: The Way of the Master is about the only other decent book I could possibly recommend.

This book is a very uplifting & positive book full of hard earned wisdom & inspiration.
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