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Taekwon-do: The art of self-defence Hardcover – 1965


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Daeha Publication Co; First Edition edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BXKLE
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Hardman on April 26, 2006
Written before the break-up between _Choi_ Hong-hi (sometimes called "General Choi" in recognition of his status as a 2-star general in the S. Korean Army) and the South Korean government over his attempts to include North Korea as a part of the Taekwondo Association, it is interesting to note there is no reference yet in English to "International Taekwon-Do Federation". In this early edition, the first translated into English from Korean, Choi is listed as 9th dan and "President, the Taekwon-Do Association"(page 12). I don't recommend reading too much into that, as it simply suggests that at the time, there was only one Taekwondo Association in Korea outside the individual Kwan (schools) led by their various headmasters. But I digress. All of the photo models and Choi himself are clad in tradition white karate-type Do-bak (gi, or uniforms), no black trim.

I actually prefer the layout of this first edition, it isn't as cluttered as the two editions that followed (1972, 1988-92). Choi himself is shown performing some of the techniques, notably breaking boards on page 13, and in a very youthful looking portrait on page 7. This is also the first time that the Chang-Hon Hyung (forms of combat, or patters) are referred to in English and described in total with complete written sentances documenting each move, often with some photographs (page 174-215).

Chang Hon was Choi Hong-hi's penname, and means "blue cottage". These forms were devised through the efforts of Choi and his contemporaries to varying degrees, and reflect the influence of Japanese style Karate and Korean innovation. All of the Chang-hon names refer to historic Korean keople, places, groups, or dates.
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