- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Exposure Publishing (July 3, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846852528
- ISBN-13: 978-1846852527
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,230,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul - Real Applications to the ITF Patterns: Vol 1
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....deals specifically with the Taekwondo forms and shares his research and approach to giving them pragmatic meaning. -- Iain Abernethy Readers News Letter
...this book is a mammoth undertaking that is as much an important historical document as it is a technical volume. -- Combat Magazine - November 2006
Anslow almost single-handedly redefines the term comprehensive; such is the exhaustive nature of his research. -- Combat Magazine - November 2006
Far more than a simple 'how to' manual, entering instead, the realms of essential reference. -- Combat Magazine - November 2006
The first thing that strikes you about the book is just how much work has gone into it! -- Iain Abernethy Readers News Letter
About the Author
Stuart Anslow is a 4th degree black belt in the art of Taekwon-do and is well known in the UK and internationally. He is the father of three beautiful children, a full time instructor of Taekwon-do, teaching at his Academy in Middlesex as well as two local schools (one of which was the first school in the country to teach martial arts as part of its national curriculum). He also runs Self Protection courses for groups associated with his local Council and is Assistant Coach for the Harrow Borough Karate team.
Though a full time instructor, his reputation is gained not only by his own career (he was a World Gold and Silver medallist in 2000) but also by his uncompromising approach to teaching and the standards within his Academy and that of his students.. The students quality are testament of his no short cuts approach to how martial arts in general and Taekwon-do in particular, should be taught. His classes flourish with quality students despite much local competition from schools with a more relaxed approach to teaching and gradings. Many of his students feature in the photographs within the book.
Stuart is a regular writer for the UK martial arts press, having written many articles for Taekwon-do and Korean Martial Arts, Combat, Martial Arts Illustrated and Fighters magazines. In October 2003, Stuart was inducted into the world renowned Combat Magazines Hall Of Fame 2003 for his work within the field of martial arts on a worldwide level. Combat magazine is the UK and Europes biggest martial arts publication.
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To me ITF is more of the complete martial arts approach to TKD and that is why I enjoy it so much. The way we practice it, it similar to what the author is trying to convey. Many schools indeed focus more on the sport of TKD than the martial art. It is good to see material related to this view. I am a 2nd Dan and current Instructor of a small school and we practice the complete martial art of TKD, mostly using ITF techniques, although we have our own sanctioning organization.
Cons: The published font is very very small and hard-to-read. All the photos are badly-copied black-and-white. The writing itself is full of grammar errors and typos (I'm talking about fragments and run-ons, not just differences between British and American English). The author has an annoying love of the exclamation points, as well. Everything he wants to emphasize has one! Some have two!! Very annoying writing crutch.
Overall, a good source of the sort of material that tkd stylists who wish to delve deeper into their forms will find helpful. In terms of content, every bit as good as anything I've read by Kane, Abernethy or Burgar. In terms of writing, not so much, but if you can get past that and the irritatingly small font and photos, there's some good stuff here. Recommended with reservations.