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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Invisible Cities Press Llc; 1st edition (December 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931229465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931229463
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Grandmaster Dong Keun Park is one of the great champions from the early days . . . his knowledge, contributions and dedication to tae kwon do are impeccable. This book is a modern presentation of the highest quality. It presents tae kwon do in the true spirit of our treasured art and sport."  —Dr. Chungwon Choue, president, World Tae Kwon Do Federation


"Park is the best model for anyone who wants to be a true martial artist. [T]his book is the culmination of [his] philosophy in the martial art and the way of wisdom . . . simply invaluable to any martial art instructors and students."  —Great Grandmaster Chong Woo Lee

About the Author

Dong Keun Park captained the Korean national tae kwon do team from 1959 to 1966, during which he was undefeated in more than 200 competitions. He also coached the 1992 U.S. Olympic team and the 1993 U.S. World Championship team and was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame in 1999. He is a ninth-degree black belt grandmaster and teaches and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. Allan Schein is a fifth-degree black belt and martial arts instructor who specializes in breaking techniques and women’s self-defense. He lives in Salt Lake City.

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Clear and easy to follow.
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This book should be on the shelf of any serious practioner of Tae Kwon Do or any martial artist for that matter.
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He said it was the best Christmas Gift ever!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John T. McCabe on April 7, 2007
I bought this book for my 7 year old grandson who has just begun learning TKD in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where learning the art is very popular among young beginners.

Although my grandson has a little trouble with some of the words in the book, I am amazed at how well he can read and understand the written instructions. It appears that the author has gone to great lengths to assure the book can be read by young beginners.

I believe the feature that attracted my grandson to this book was the quality and color scheme of the photographic images. The images are large and clear enough to see important details with regard to the hands and feet.

Two areas that could stand a little improvement are: the book needs an index and, in a few moves, more pictures are needed to clarify turning movements.

On the positive side, the stretching techniques are very good, as are the sections on kicking and punching.

All-in-all, the book is a good learning tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Fraser on November 7, 2008
This is the only taekwondo book I own and it has served me very well. The section on stretching is wonderful. The photos, in general, are great. I refer to it regularly, especially the chapter covering the poomsae. I feel that this book has the right balance for anyone in their first year of taekwondo: clear instruction, great photos, and enough depth to give a feel for the subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick on March 6, 2007
I wish this book was available when I started learning tae kwon do. The photos are great, the text is great and the book is a perfect adjunct to tkd class. Even now, after receiving ten years of instruction in tae kwon do, the book is an excellent, comprehensive resource.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Red Badge on November 3, 2011
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I apologize for any disrespect read towards the authors of this book, but with the poses given in punching alone, I'd be TKO'd before I threw a punch. The chin is not down, the guard is not up blocking the sides of the head and the ribs and the punches themselves fails to articulate the importance of the core where the power is primarily delivered from. These are basic concepts that are not mentioned that will have to flat on your back or losing points in a competition. The methods will give a person a false sense of security thinking they will provide adequate defense.
The poomse and stretching portions of the book are decent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Salgado on May 9, 2013
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For WFT Tae Kwon Do practitioners, I'm a South Korean Traditional TKD practitioners...should of read the description throughout
Nonetheless...its a good book for a lot of information a practitioner may have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Alioto on January 2, 2011
I'm a beginner and like this book for it's illustrations, so clear. White belt for now and inching up as I get stronger and wiser. Supplements my classwork and fills in with some stretches that were new to me. The price here is especially good, liked the discount!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzane Burgess on December 27, 2007
I bought this book for my Grandson and he just loves it! He said it was the best Christmas Gift ever! He loved all the color photos and the description was so easy to understand I could follow it too! Can't wait until GrandMaster Park's next book comes out!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Robbins on December 23, 2007
This book co-authored by Taekwondo Hall of Famer GM Dong Keun Park
offers much for both the beginning and advanced student. The photos and
explanation of techniques are clear and crisp. Highly recommended!

Gerard Robbins,
3 Times National Taekwondo Champion
Competitor / 2nd World Taekwondo Championships
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