Can You Pass the PMAT Test?
Greetings Al, I have recently finished the PMAI manual and I think its excellent and well put together. I already have a number of your books, but this one is my favorite.
What I like about this specific book is the way you have laid and lined out the information from many of the your earlier books in a very easy to understand format.
Really, the first two sentences sum up the importance and need, for this book.
("The essence of a teacher is the ability to transmit a thought to a student. Without this ability there is no education, there is no future for civilization.")
To the point that although I have done many of the things, and practiced your arts described in the manual, this book has a load of new information. That I find very valuable and even after 7yrs of working on the material, you are correct, in your earlier newsletter about valuable new information.
Excellent information again!
As stated earlier, I have read the book in its entirety and will read it again. I would suggest one thing, I think a few study questions at the end of each chapter, would be a great study aid...maybe just a few questions per chapter and a answer page, at the end of the book.
I think that this will help as a study aid. If even though, like me, you have scribbled notes in your copy, a study guide would be beneficial.
Really a great manual if you are aspiring to be a PMAI.
Well done Professor!
I do believe I will pursue certification.
Have a great workout ~ SG
To Master Al case
I'd like to thank you for putting in all the time and effort into writing the professional martial arts instructor course it is a fantastic read.
I had some great realisations even after a quick reading through,
One is from Page number #61.
Standing squarely in a room,
Weight 50/50 approx
I've read this before in the master instructor course but it all started to fit for me in that moment.
Two is on Page #68
To hold the body in place
Launch the body through space,
(spring out, spring in)
Got me Thinking about the muscles as a Spring.
So I stood squarely in a room like a fight Stance feet parallelled shoulder with apart, 50/50 approx
Lifted the front foot slightly moving it Fallword, loading the weight on the back leg as I do so.
Keeping the whole body relaxed and letting the spring back of the front leg and the spring Forward of the back leg launch me Forward into a Front Stance.
It felt effortless for me.
Another point I wish to bring up is about Punching (To hold the body in place) 63 isometric exercise to build power, and it hit me I'm training all wrong,
Page # 77 and on. SNAPPING and thrusting I'm still using muscles and the way you compare it to boxing really helped me a lot,
I fixed my problem with an exercise of plank on unbendable position bearing the body weight on the fists.
I went one step further but going from one hand to the other simultaneously trying to move fast enough to reduce impact, going to the floor, not through it.
The main thing was to teach me to bear the weight of my body. If I was tense I would move slow and then...POW! I'd hit the ground hard, so soft, relaxed and controlled.
After doing this for five minutes, I then hit the heavy bag and wow!...it was like magic just in a 50/50 Stance the bag went flying! It was effortless!
Thank you again, and I hope this book gets out to everyone, it is very dense with info.
Have a great workout.
From Kyuss B (Australia)