Thomas Kurz, the world’s foremost expert on flexibility training, is the author of Flexibility Express, Stretching Scientifically, Secrets of Stretching, and Science of Sports Training and co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Video of Tom Kurz and his high roundhouse kick (jodan mawashi geri)
Above, Tom Kurz, age 40 (in 1996), kicks cold and does a split with no warm-up
And here he is, 10 years later . . .
Before coming to the U.S.A., Thomas Kurz 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, Kurz 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 and videos.
You can reach Thomas Kurz by e-mail at kurzATunbreakableumbrellaDOTcom (the address is written this way so spammers’ robots do not harvest it. To send an e-mail write this address substituting symbol “@” for the “AT”, and period “.” for “DOT”).
Wrote scipt, demonstrated exercises, and supervised editing of the video Flexibility Express. This video (in DVD format) is available from Stadion Publishing since October 2012.
Supervised editing of the video Acrobatics for Everybody: Acrobatic Workout for the General Public plus P.E. Lesson: Handstand and translated its original Polish narration into English. This video (in DVD format) is available from Stadion Publishing since April 2008.
Santa gave Tom Kurz a brand-new toy… So, it is not Tom Kurz’s accomplishment—just a good thing that recently happened to him.
Supervised videotaping and editing of the video Acrobatic Tumbling: From Rolls to Handsprings and Somersaults and translated its original Polish narration into English. This video (in DVD format) is available from Stadion Publishing since December 2006.
Supervised editing of the video Clinic on Stretching and Kicking with Tom Kurz. This video (in DVD format) is available from Stadion Publishing since June 2006.
Wrote the fourth edition of Stretching Scientifically. Its improved layout and more photos enhance the most up-to-date science explained in practical terms for athletes, instructors, and coaches. This book is available from Stadion Publishing since March 2003.
Wrote the second edition of Science of Sports Training. This new edition has 150 more pages than the first edition and its content is completely revised and updated. This book is available from Stadion Publishing since January 2001.
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 Kurz’s role was far more important than simply serving as a translator from Polish to English. Mr. Kurz 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.