I was able to persuade (well, ok bribe and beg) an excellent archer who has a superb way with words, Lindsey Carmichael, to review a pre-print copy furnished by Tyler Benner, archer and co-author of the book. It's linked below, and you will find it a very good explanation of the book.
I will, for the future, refer to this method that Kisik teaches as "Kisik's Way", or Kisikdo (like Judo, TaeKwanDo) - there is no official name, other than to say that the book does not once use the phrase "Best method". And I have not asked permission to coin this name - I may be in hot water - I hope Kisik will forgive me. But for me, after reading this book, on top of all I have learned from him since his arrival, it is indeed a "do", a "way", and it's his. Kisikdo. It's a natural way to describe a most honest martial art approach to the art of archery..
The "BEST method" name was an introductory way to establish in America, to signal a break with the old ways, to show how different his method was from anything that has been devised before. And I think it is not so important what you call you it, but it's critical that you use it. And if I were to call it the American Method, be sure that elite archers and coaches around the world will rapidly adopt this method as well. US archers that ignore this way, this martial art, Kisikdo, will be left in the dust. I have a history of studying and exceling in several martial arts, Judo and TaeKwanDo, up to the brown belt level, 1st dan, and I am completely convinced that this book by Kisik has scientifically established a new martial art, of modern archery, and barring some compelling reason not to, will refer to this as KisikDo. (Kee Sik Doh') Sorry, coach Lee, but it is so - this is a path, a way, a method of not just shooting an arrow, but a way of life. I suspect his next book, for coaches, will profoundly complete this "way".
Once you read this book, you will realize as I have that he has created a new way of being an archer. Totally dissected, completely specified, each and every aspect is covered, in the mechanical sense and in a martial arts way. Kisik and Tyler speak to the archer on the most precise level.
NEXT, please read the review by Lindsey. Even if you do not adopt this way, if you are not able to commit to a new philosophy and cannot buy into this method now, if you are an archer you should be able to find something of value that can improve your game. And the vast majority of this applies to compounders, not just recurve archers.
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The second book in the "TOTAL ARCHERY" series by Kisik Lee, called INSIDE THE ARCHER, is aimed at the archer,
though the coach will also want and need to know this book.
Lindsey Carmichael, accomplished archer and writer, has a review of the book at this link.
If you wish to order a copy of the book, which is a limited printing of 5,000 copies, you should use this link as soon as possible.
A.Ron Carmichael, 6/9/2009
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