Lawrence A. Kane
martial arts ... relatively easy ... right? Rise through the ranks, earn
your black belt, earn your dan rankings, start teaching.
Actually, it's not that easy. Martial arts is one of the few disciplines
that does not require that an instructor hold a state accredited
teaching certificate. A black belt from a certain lineage from a certain
school from a certain style ... that's about all that seems to be
Lawrence Kane has helped fill that gap between becoming a student and
earning the right to teach. For anyone interested in truly teaching,
genuinely passing on knowledge and helping his or her students to be the
best they can be, this book is invaluable.
Kane discusses types of learning necessary to teach the wide variety of
students an instructor will encounter -- the visual learners, the
auditory learners, the kinesthetic learners.
Martial Arts Instruction
-- A tactical toolset to enhance anyone's teaching style.
-- Ways to improve your ability to motivate, educate and retain
-- Ways to optimize time and attention.
-- Teaching tools effective for children and adults.
This book is a must-read for anyone endeavoring to teach the martial
Martial Arts Instruction: Applying Educational Theory and
Communication Techniques in the Dojo
(YMAA Publications Center, Inc.) 1997, 190 pages, ISBN
Softcover, Item# Bmainstruction
Book -- $23 Retail: $25
Martial Arts Instruction
What a wonderful book. Lawrence Kane has written a tremendous text that
fills a big void in the martial arts genre. There are many books on how
to punch and kick, but as the book title states, this one is about how
to teach the martial arts. But it's not just for the teacher; there is
plenty of solid information for the student, too.
Kane discusses in a highly readable fashion:
* Understanding learning style differences
* Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to understand student
* Fostering a positive learning environment
* Apply the six teaching styles to the martial arts
* Lesson planning
Just because a martial artist is a black belt or has earned several
black belts, doesn't mean that person can teach. That is why this book
is so needed. Martial Arts Instruction will help the teacher - new and
veteran alike - be the best one he or she can be.
I've been training the martial arts for 40 years and have written 18
books on the fighting arts. I found Martial Arts Instruction fresh,
insightful, and highly informative. Most importantly, Kane's teaching
Highly recommended. --
Loren Christensen, martial arts
instructor, retired police officer, author of 27 books.
As you have probably gathered from the title, the book is designed to
help martial arts instructors improve their ability to communicate with
their students and effectively pass on their art.
I have a few books along these lines on my shelves and I've found them
all to be a little "academic" and "dry". It's also true to say that the
majority of books on martial arts instruction are heavily biased towards
generating success in competition. I have to say that I found this book to
be a really refreshing change! What really is great about this book is that
it focuses upon teaching the traditional martial arts. It's great to read
something which covers the totality of martial arts instruction in such an
enlightening and informative way.
I found myself getting carried along by the very accessible writing
style and the interesting information that appears on virtually every page.
The book contains some superb guidance on teaching kata and bunkai, dojo
rules, etiquette, lesson planning, student behaviour, "the six teaching
styles", fostering a positive learning environment, teaching self-defence
etc. I strongly recommended that all instructors, and prospective
instructors, get hold of a copy of this most enjoyable and informative book.
Iain Abernethy - 5th Dan British Combat Association and author of
Bunkai-Jutsu: The Practical Application of Karate Kata
As popular as martial arts training is and with as many how-to books on
self defense that are available, there has been a serious lack of Instructor
Manuals. This book closes the gap. Although it is directed primarily toward the
so called "Hard Arts" such as karate, much of its material can be used within
the context of the "Soft Arts" as well. Having trained over 11,000 self defense
students during my career as a self defense instructor, I was very impressed
with the way this author used education and management theories to train the
trainer. He has an excellent background in all that he writes about and
communicates it effectively. His examples are easy to understand and he presents
a good taxonomy for training and teaching. I rated this excellent book a solid
four hearts. --
Bob Spear , publisher and chief reviewer,
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