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Palgue 1-2-3 of Tae Kwon Do Hyung Paperback – March 1, 1983
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After the customary introduction, the author includes a very brief section on the history of Korea and Tae Kwon Do in particular. Since the primary focus of this book is to be on the katas or forms, I was too bothered by the briefness of most of the fringe subjects that the author discusses throughout the book. Subjects such as; target areas, various hand and foot positions used when striking, basic warm-up and stretching exercises, stances and blocks, etc.
I was however surprised to find no real references to kicks with the exception of the three foot positions shown, surprisingly the instep and the back of the heel weren't even mentioned, and the Front Kicks shown in Palgue #2. In addition to that, there were only two strikes shown, those being the Out-to-In Knifehand Strike to the temple and the midsection Lunge Punch. I really don't know why the author included these and the other brief sections in this book other than perhaps as reference material since it doesn't really add to the focus of the book.
Now this is just my personal and professional opinion, but I feel that any book dealing with katas or forms, should focus solely on the movements in the particular kata being discussed and the applications of each movement. There truly is no need to go into striking surfaces, hand and foot positions, stretching, etc.Read more ›
A comprehensive break down of the mechanics of the first three Palgue forms, self defense practical tactics, and more, this book I highly recommend for beginner through intermediate taekwondo students.