Summary: A Very Good Series of Books on the ITF Tae Kwon Do Forms
Comment: NOTE: This review, along with the other reviews of the books devoted to the various ITF (International Tae Kwon Do Federation) hyungs, forms, or katas in this series, is identical in nature, as the subject matter for each book only differs in the actual hyungs or forms being demonstrated. The layout and format are identical and that is what these reviews are based upon.
This book, along with the rest of the books in the series, is an outstanding source of information on the correct execution of the ITF Tae Kwon Do hyungs in which this particular volume demonstrates. Now if you don't know anything about Tae Kwon Do and purchase this book, it will do you about as much good as a screen door in a submarine. However, if you are already a practicing ITF, or similar style, Tae Kwon Do student, then this book is a must have for your continued advancement in the martial arts.
Every book in this series that deal with the various hyungs, utilizes the same format throughout each book in order to show you the correct execution of each kata demonstrated. Admittedly there aren't a whole lot of words describing the various moves in the hyungs, but there are an abundance of photographs taken from various angles that pretty much show you exactly how your body should be positioned not only for each individual move, but also how your body should be positioned as you move from one position to another.
This book also demonstrates the moves in each kata to its application against an actual opponent, which is a nice addition to this already wonderful book.
If you are a student of ITF Tae Kwon Do, or a student of another style that utilizes the same hyungs, I would highly recommend that you purchase these books in order to advance your knowledge of whatever particular hyungs or forms that you are currently working on. You won't be disappointed!
Martial artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.
Summary: basic TKD
Comment: Chon-Ji is the first form that many of us must master. Sometimes it is too much to take in and one wishes that they could see the whole thing particularly the places where they have trouble. Jhoon Rhee's book is a big help. It explains the moves and shows them from different angles but more importantly he explains the martial applications. Too many people do not understand this aspects of the hyungs. Remember that you should do each form several hundred times before testing. Jhoon Rhee's series should be in any good TKD library.
Summary: First and best ITF forms books
Comment: Jhoon Rhee's series of hyung books were the first in the U.S. documenting the ITF forms. Except for this first book, these books present two of the forms for each belt up to 1st degree Black Belt. This book uses the rest of the space to demonstrate the basic techniques.
Overall, excellent presentations of these forms, especially the photo sequences that show you the entire form on one page, which is very useful for quickly scanning the form. Also, the author indicates where the kiai should be, which other kata books I've seen neglect to show you.
Summary: A good reference and teaching aid
Comment: This entire series has become a staple in our class for the last 10 years. Easily understood, with pictures from every possible angle, and diagrams as to how you should look between moves allow even my begining students to use it. For those studying this series of forms, this book, and its series, are a must have.
Summary: very well thought out book with excellent illustrations
Comment: Very well illustrated book by the father of tae kwon do in the United States. Jhoon Rhee shows why he has been considered the master of this art and a teacher who has been emulated by many from coast to coast and throughout the world. I never thought you could really learn a martial arts form or anything useful about martial arts from a book until this one came along. Wow! Even accomplished students of the martial arts would gain excellent insight into their art by having this book. Newer students will improve their learning and understanding of what they are doing by being able to review this book while they are learning. The only way I can think of improving this book is by getting it autographed by the author.