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Teaching the Martial Arts

Instructor : Teaching the Martial Arts, by Dr. Robert Sprackland

Teaching Martial Arts : The Way of the Master, by Sang H. Kim

Instructing the Martial Arts, by Charles Ralph Heck, Jr.

Teaching Martial Arts, by Tony Gummerson

Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching, edited by Carol Wiley

I own all of the above. Of them, the book by Dr. Sprackland is perhaps the best. I don't agree with everything he says, but I'm not supposed to, since he gives a number of good (and occasionally differing) ideas of how to do things. It is refreshing, actually, since he talks from the perspective of his art---and gives ideas that wouldn't work for his style, but do work for others. Very good. Sang H. Kim's book is similar in terms of what he tries to cover, though very different in style----Kim's book reads much like a thesis paper, while Sprackland's is much more conversational. Both are well worth having. The books by Heck and Gummerson are also very good, and go more into learning styles and types than Sprackland's. For people who don't have any background in teaching, the information in these books is exceedingly valuable. (And it's valuable for people who do have a background, also. :) All three books are definitely suggested. If you like the book by Gummerson, you might be interested in the other books by him lower down on this page.

The fifth book, while good, is a little different. It is a series of essys by different martial arts instructors on a differing variety of topics. I happen to like this book, though a number of the essays don't interest me at all, primarily because they talk about aspects of the arts that don't matter to me. However, others may find them inspiring and informational, and not care about the ones I liked. Enjoyable book, though not as oriented in the "this will help you teach!" vein as the other three.


Training Theory for Martial Arts, by Tony Gummerson

Going for Black Belt : Key to Success in the Martial Arts and Combat, by Tony Gummerson

Junior Martial Arts, by Tony Gummerson

Mobility Training for the Martial Arts, by Tony Gummerson

Sports Coaching and Teaching, by Tony Gummerson

Strength Training for the Martial Arts, by Tony Gummerson




Hope you find some useful works in the above!

If not, you can use the below search box for attempt to find specific titles not listed above----good luck! (And if you find any other martial arts teaching books that look interesting, please let me know.)