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Tae Kwon Do: The Ultimate Reference Guide to the World's Most Popular Martial Art Paperback – April, 1991
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This is another in a plethora of manuals claiming to be "the ultimate" guide to the practice of Tae Kwon Do. Most of the book deals with exercises and sparring techniques, while providing disappointingly short sections on the martial art's history and philosophy. Appendixes give additional information on the rules and regulations of Tae Kwan Do competition. The book's limitations recommend it only to public libraries desiring exhaustive martial arts collections. Otherwise, libraries would do well to rely on the more standard works, especially Duk Son's Korean Karate ( Prentice-Hall, 1968; Wehman, 1982. reprint) and Choi Hong Hi's Tae Kwan Do ( Wehman, 1980. o.p.).
- Ron Chepesiuk, Winthrop Coll. Lib., Rock Hill, S.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"A serious presentation for the serious student. . ." --Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is no substitute for a real sensei in a legitimate class, but it's a good companion if you're taking a class. It contains detailed descriptions of all the forms you'll need to know so if you forget a step you can look it up.
So it's a good reference to be able to practice at home between classes. Help you advance faster.
It weighs be better if it were organized a little different. I'd rather see it described by belt level so everything you need most is all in the same place. Instead it's grouped by type. So all the strikes and blocks are in one section, ask the pumsay in another, etc. That format would be fine for a black belt wanting to review everything before giving a demonstration or taxing a class, but not as good for a student still learning.
Overall though, it's still a good reference. It looks like it has everything it needs. I'm not high enough level really know for sure but there's nothing obviously missing.
I recently saw this book (Tai Kwon Do: The ultimate reference guide to the world’s most popular martial art by Yeon Hee Park, Yeon Hwan Park and Jon Gerrard) on Amazon for a bargain price and purchased it. This 218 page hardcover book was published in 1989 and is endorsed by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.
This book covers an enormous amount of material and students of Tae Kwon Do can benefit from the information reading and studying this volume. This text is organized into seven areas and includes the following: Warm up exercises, basic techniques, the eight forms, sparring techniques, practical applications, breaking techniques and the philosophy of Tae Kwon Do. The appendix sections have rules of competition, weight and belt divisions and Tae Kwon Do terminology.
The one thing that is not good about this book is the very small photographs. There are 100s of black and white photographs but most are too small to fully see the techniques; nevertheless, if students use this text along with their actual hands-on training with an instructor, this book can be of supplemental value to them as a reference source.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1,2).
Park and Park gives you a lot of bang for your buck, and the book can easily be stored in your briefcase, gymbag, etc.
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