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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8153
EAN: 9780804817042
ISBN: 0804817049
Label: Tuttle Publishing
Manufacturer: Tuttle Publishing
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 1992-07-15
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Studio: Tuttle Publishing

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In this classic volume, illustrated with nearly 1,000 photographs, the author explains when, where, why, and how to best apply the deadly techniques of Tae Kwon Do. This book gives pinpoint explanations of the advantages and disadvantages of each move, analyzing them step by step from offensive, defensive, and counterattacking perspectives. The techniques presented are applicable to any martial arts system, making this book of interest not only to practitioners of Tae Kwon Do but also of karate and kung fu.



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Summary: One Of The Better Books Available On The Subject
Comment: If you stop to consider the fact that this book was first published in 1968, you will come to realize just how well written and how much useful information that this book contains, and that the majority of the information in this book is still just as relevant today as it was back in 1968.

The author starts out by giving you a fairly good, yet very brief, history of Tae Kwon Do and its relationship to Japanese Karate. He then goes into some very basic calisthenics and some of the more common stances associated with both Tae Kwon Do and Karate. This is followed by a short but quite good section on footwork and body position in relation to an opponent and how to create the proper distance in order to effectively execute a wide array of techniques.

The author continues with separate sections devoted to basic blocks, strikes and kicking techniques such as;

Front Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 6)
Side Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 10)
Roundhouse Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 9)
Hook Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 7)
Back Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 1)
Crescent Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 4)
Reverse Crescent Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 5)

This book is not one you would want to read if you are looking for information on how to correctly execute a single technique, but if you are looking for a very informative book that provides you with a fairly detailed overview of the basic techniques used in Tae Kwon Do, then this is the book for you.

Although the techniques shown in this book are obviously demonstrated using traditional Korean Tae Kwon Do methods, they are nonetheless presented very well with clear and concise photographs and fairly detailed descriptions that accompany each photograph or set of photographs. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like a fairly detailed and informative overview of this Korean art.

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.

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Summary: Super Book.
Comment: This is the best book on Traditional TKD, or Katate I have ever seen. Keep in mind, this is not Olympic style TKD of the 21st century, this is good old solid Ji Do Kwan, Tae Kwon Do. Master Cho covers things in this book that show TKD to be the "art" it is. Anyone can do the things in this book. It just takes time, and practice.
This book also shows that TKD does indeed have good, solid hand techniques, and defenses.
This book is NOT magic, and do not exspect any "tricks" to make you a master overnight. Master Cho has given a lot of information, and it works. All you need to do is practice!
Get the book!

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Summary: Recomendado para los que hablan espanol.
Comment: Aunque no sepas mucho el ingles podras entender el libro, ya que tiene suficientes fotos bien esplicadas de cada tecnica. El maestro y autor del libro es muy bueno, yo pertenesco a su federacion de TAE KWON DO.

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Summary: The Korean Martial Arts Bible
Comment: this book is the ultamate book on free fighting and actual combat situation, it covers all grounds on the primary techniques needed to do either and it is very well compiled and written and done in an easy to understand way , you cant get better information on this subject anywhere

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Summary: No better reference work available on the subject.
Comment: Outstanding demonstration and explanation of this highly popular style of karate which,moreso than most places great emphasis on foot technique.The text is easy to understand and its' thoroughness of detail and display of skill in technique make it second only to Jordan Roth's masterwork Black Belt Karate.It must be said that this book would probably not serve a novice student too well as there are some moves which could prove difficult to master,like the front and side-limbering kicks and the flying roundhouse kick.This book should perhaps be best viewed as a companion piece to Roth's as there are several techniques not covered in that book,such as the hook kick and the rising heel kick.Great emphasis is placed on sparring so I would say that it is absolutely essential to work with a partner when referring to this book.As one who enjoys the kicking techniques of karate this book definitely comes highly recommended.Class cover shot of a perfectly executed side thrust kick enhances this book's already considerable appeal and usefulness.


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