- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (April 13, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767902149
- ISBN-13: 978-0767902144
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taekwondo: The State of the Art Paperback – April 13, 1999
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Authors: Masters Sung Chul Whang; Jun Chul Whang; Brandon Saltz; Foreword and contribution by Master is comprehensive and deals with History, Philosophy, Warm ups; Stances; Steps and Footwork; Blocks; Hand strikes; Kicks; Sparring; and Poomse. The authors have chosen to use illustrations rather than photographs and the results are quite good. Korean terms are used throughout as part of the titles. Headings for almost all sections in the book and all the stances, kicks, strikes, blocks, etc. are included. As always, since English sounds don't always match Korean, the spelling is a crap shoot. Of particular note is the use of G instead of K for a palatal consonant in such Korean words as (Gyoroogi) (sparring) here versus Kyorugi in some other books.
Of all the books I've read, I like this one the best-so far. There is more detail and supporting discussion. As I read the material, I felt like I was being coached by someone who was not only very competent, but also someone who understood the problems of junior belt level students such as myself.
This book will appeal to the serious Taekwondo students no matter what reasons they have for taking Taekwondo. It is only missing discussion of self defense. However, there is a frank discussion in the philosophy chapter that addresses the authors' feelings about the thought processes of people in the discipline about the merits of sportized Taekwondo versus martial art. This is an important discussion and should be read by young Taekwondoists as they determine why they are taking TKD. [For the dedicated student, The Martial Artist's Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi interpreted by Stephen F. Kaufman, Hanshi 10th Dan, has even more relevant discussion.Read more ›
I was quite surprised to find that the book proved to be an extremely interesting reading. Of most interest to me were the philosophical ideas explaining how the implementation of martial arts helps in improving oneself. Comparison with "Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai" is inevitable, as both discuss similar ideas, yet the Taekwondo book has a pacifist approach, while the book of the Samurai is quite the opposite.
I was surprised to find that even the descriptions of physical moves, which make the bulk of the book, were interesting, despite the fact I have no interest in implementing them. This is mainly due to their deep discussion on the inner workings of the mechanisms involved, which help everyone who moves his body from time to time gain a better understanding of it.
To sum up, I would say that as my case proves, the book provides a perfect introduction to the world of Taekwondo. It does so by providing deep insight into everything it discusses.
Also, taekwando: The State of the Art, has some of the most detailed and helpful drawings for forms I have ever seen. I review this book often to check up on the different teguks.
So whether you've just started taekwando, just interested, or have been doing it for years, I highly recommend this book.
Overall, I would say that this is the best TKD book on the market right now. I have yet to buy the WTF TKD Textbook, or look in to getting General Choi's TKD Encyclopedia (ITF), but for the price this is just too right. Like I said, my system has many differences from what is shown in this book partly due to the fact that we do not compete and making an art is our emphasis, but it is still a great book.
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I have had a lifelong love of the martial arts having earned Black Belts in numerous (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate-Do etc) systems. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale
Well written, great illustrations...I first read this book as a white belt in Taekwondo and it is detailed yet easy to read and understand.Published 7 months ago by Trista D. Dombroski
Great book. Good reading. I am enjoying it thus far. Very informative.Published 14 months ago by JRod
Well explained. Good illustrations. Covers all the basis and some. Highly reccommended for beginners. Found it very helpful in mastering basis kicks and blocks.Published on April 17, 2014 by Ashwin Umesh
Was learning Taekwondo in South Korea, while stationed there. I was surprised that learning in the country that it was born in, that this book was fairly accurate. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by SCK
This book show you the basics on taekwondo, with clear instructions and some nice drawings. I would of like to see some more kicks.Published on October 19, 2013 by dwall