Book review of The way to Black Belt: A comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane.

This book contains the answers to just about everything you would want to know when embarking on the path to your Black Belt.  It will answer questions that you may not want to ask your instructor, and it may bring to light some questions that you didn’t even know to ask.

This book encompasses much more than just martial arts.  The eight subject areas are: Self limitations, Finding a good Instructor, Knowing how you learn, Understanding strength versus skill, Daily practice, Understanding strategy to master tactics, Working with injuries, and Use of technology.

This book holds a lot of information, almost too much to digest.  It’s one that would be best read several times, allowing you to pick out new information each time you read it.  The Book of Five Rings and The Art of War, two classic martial arts books are the same- Each time you read it you get more out of it.

This book is part reference, part history, part insights, and wraps it all up with personal experiences.  The book is designed to be for beginning martial artists but it’s wealth of information make it a book of interest for inexperienced and experienced alike.