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Taekwondo Techniques and Tactics (Martial Arts Series) Paperback – April 28, 1997


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""""Masters Y.H. Park and Tom Seabourne have created a wonderful resource guide for both the novice and the expert. For the novice, it makes the complicated subject of the Olympic sport of taekwondo understandable. The experienced competitor, coach, or master will want to use the book as a teaching reference.""" Robert K. FujimuraExecutive DirectorUS Taekwondo Union "

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""Masters Y.H. Park and Tom Seabourne have created a wonderful resource guide for both the novice and the expert. For the novice, it makes the complicated subject of the Olympic sport of taekwondo understandable. The experienced competitor, coach, or master will want to use the book as a teaching reference.""

Robert K. Fujimura
Executive Director
US Taekwondo Union

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Product Details

  • Series: Martial Arts Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (April 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880116447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880116442
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mkorn227@aol.com on September 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is based on mostly training for competition, and some for self-defense. It shows one form(tae geuk 1) but that wasn't the intended purpose of it. It shows falling and rolling, stances, arm strikes, kicks, blocks, and even things like stepping. It also has good sections on conditioning and competition. The conditioning section has plyometric training, various ab workouts, kick and hand strike resistance training, and a very good sectiong on mental toughness(various imagery, meditation, and focused breathing exercises). The bad side is mostly a small lack of information. I felt the kicking and stretching sections could have been better. The kicking section doesn't show any jumping and advanced kicks(like the spinning hook kick), but overall it is a good book. It also has a nice price too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Excellent book for beginners or those interested in Tae kwon Do. Detailed explanation of Tae Kwon Do history, belt levels and Korean terminology with English pronunciations. Informative overview and pictures of each basic kick,counter attacks, blocks and tournament experience. Highly recommended from beginners to advanced.
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One of the cardinal rules of training is to not confuse yourself with several examples of how to do things. However, there are times a you can find a useful example or piece of information.

This book is not really a "how to" for the beginner. It does explain basic kicks, punches, stances, blocks, falling and rolling. However, it's left to words so it is better suited for a practitioner who has had training to visualize what is being said.

There is a little discussion about form work but it's light and more about the importance of it versus how to do it.

Probably, the better information was about tactics, conditioning and competition. There is also a little information about polyometric workouts such as ab, kick and strike resistance training.

There is a talk about mental toughness and the importance of breathing and imagery.

There was no discussion about advanced kicks but I think this was to keep the book aimed at basic sparring. Conditioning and stretching was a little light. Some stretches I don't see a beginner doing especially if they are not that limber. There is no discussion about working up to what was being shown.

Overall, the book is ok and I did get a couple things from it.
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