In the martial arts, especially Taekwondo, only three questions are really important as you begin, and this book answers all of them: 1) Will the techniques I'm learning really work in self-defense and competition? 2) Am I learning these techniques the best possible way? 3) How can I remember, master, and apply all I am learning? The answers are those of an internationally renowned master instructor, whose wisdom is captured on these pages along with clear illustrations by an award-winning photographer. The techniques are organized just like a workout session. Start with preparation, conditioning, and weight-room workout. Go on to the basic stances, the seven principal kicking techniques, hand punches and blocks, and to other strategies and applications. The most important aspect of training--the psychological component--shows how to keep yourself motivated through continuing education, proper rest, and relaxation. You, too, can experience those breakthroughs which Taekwondo veterans refer to as times when "the indomitable spirit hits home." Sterling 128 pages, 296 b/w illus., 8 x 10.