is the author of Stretching Scientifically, Secrets
of Stretching, and Science of Sports Training and
co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Tom Kurtz, age 40, kicks cold and
does a split with no warm-up
Before coming to the U.S.A., Thomas Kurtz studied physical education at
AWF (University School of Physical Education) in Warsaw, one of
the top East European institutions that prepare coaches, instructors,
teachers of physical education, and rehabilitation specialists.
While still a student, he was appointed assistant coach of the students'
judo team. As a part of studies' requirements, Kurtz competed in several
Olympic sports, including swimming, gymnastics, and track and field events.
This gave him athletic versatility which shows itself now in his expertise
in the field of sports methodology and physical education, an expertise
evident in his work with his students, as well as in his books.
Translated from Polish to English book by Tadeusz Starzynski and Henryk
Sozanski, Ph.D., on developing explosive power and jumping ability. This
book titled Explosive Power and Jumping Ability for All Sports:
Atlas of Exercises is available from Stadion Publishing since
April of 1999.
Thomas Kurtz's role was far more important than simply serving as a translator
from Polish to English. Mr. Kurtz took an active role. In many conversations
with the authors, he clarified key concepts, pointed to recent research
that bore on the issues, and adapted certain ideas to be more familiar
to English-speaking athletes and coaches.