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on 21 November 2007
This is one of those books where I find myself nodding at almost every sentence. Above all, Kane and Wilder have succeeded in setting down an all-important approach to training that will stand any martial artist in good stead. 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.

The Way to Black Belt is filled with sound advice, valuable insights and inspiring examples and anecdotes from two lifetimes in the martial arts. Kane and Wilder make excellent mentors and their work will help martial artists of all levels to avoid mistakes, wrong-turns and dead-ends. The authors are not only highly-qualified instructors with real-world experience in security, they are educators of the highest order, offering valuable advice on `how to learn' for maximum results.

There's first-rate guidance on finding the right instructor and judging the personality of a dojo - things to look for, and things to look out for - plus all the little things that make a big difference - how often to train, what to eat, how to cope with injuries. And unlike so many books that limit themselves to techniques and exercises, The Way to Black Belt covers important mental and psychological aspects of training too - setting goals, visualised-learning and overcoming self-imposed limits and barriers.

Kane and Wilder draw on sources as diverse as Mushashi, Sun Tzu, Bruce Lee and Von Clausewitz and include contributions from modern-day masters from Okinawan, The USA and Europe. There's also an impressive list of web-based resources where the reader can find a wealth of free information.

If you're serious about your art, I strongly recommend you get your hands on a copy and follow the advice contained in this excellent book. The Way to Black Belt is an invaluable guide for any martial artist on the journey to black belt and beyond.

Goran Powell, 4th Dan
Author of Waking Dragons
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