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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 613.66
EAN: 9780897501477
ISBN: 0897501470
Label: Black Belt Books
Manufacturer: Black Belt Books
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 277
Publication Date: 2005-12-30
Publisher: Black Belt Books
Studio: Black Belt Books

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In Hwa Rang Do: Defend, Take Down, Submit, authors Taejoon Lee (the eldest son of Dr. Joo Bang Lee) and Mark Cheng present a variety of easy-to-understand self-defense techniques complete with set-ups and variations for different attack situations. Through detailed photographs and instructions, this well-rounded collection of striking, joint-manipulation, throwing, grappling and submission techniques will help you develop empty-hand defenses for any position from any angle! Also included is a comprehensive technical analysis of hwa rang do submissions and a detailed history of the art, complete with archival photographs and representative artwork. The military, cultural, mythical and philosophical origins of the legendary Hwarang Corps are discussed in unprecedented detail, providing a multi-dimensional history that leads all the way up to hwa rang do’s current leader, Dr. Joo Bang Lee. Hwa Rang Do: Defend, Take Down, Submit is the first official publication produced by the World Hwa Rang Do Association in more than 25 years. Black Belt is proud to present this guide to hwa rang do’s technical and cultural significance for a new generation of historians, instructors and practitioners.

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Summary: A great introduction to Hwa Rang Do.
Comment: First off I am not a practitioner of Hwa Rang Do; the book was recommended to me by my uncle who has his fifth degree black belt in the system and who is very involved in the organization. My experience has been in Kenpo, Kung Fu and Brazilian Jujitsu. I found this book very interesting; I have experience with the majority of the techniques or concepts in the book in one form or another. I enjoyed Mr. Lee's presentation of these techniques, he explains them in an easy to understand format. Although it is my understanding that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what is said to be a complete and dynamic system.

The chapters detailing the history of the art are very informative, especially to someone that knows nothing about the system. The book also briefly talked about the philosophical aspects of Hwa Rang Do. The book is a good intro to the style for anyone curious or anyone considering studying it (like me); it could also give the experienced practitioner a deeper understanding of the arts evolution, and a handful of its techniques. Over all, this is book is informative and worth the money.

My only complaint is that the pictures are small; this problem would have been easily fixed by expanding the size of the book. Considering this is my only complaint, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the art, or just expanding your martial arts knowledge.

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Summary: Traditional Hapkido Style Takedowns & Joint Locks!
Comment: Despite what this title might initially suggest in the present age of Mixed Martial Arts and Submission fighting, the subject matter is actually the traditional-style defense and take down methods present in Hwarang-Do and related arts such as Hapkido and Kuk Sool. Like most schools of Hapkido-based arts, Hwarang-do is not a close-in grappling style like say, judo or competitive jiu jitsu.

Sequence photographs show attacks from kicks and punches to grabs which are parried or countered with joint locks, and sumbission by throw with a continued hold on the limb of the adversary, or otherwise using leverage to bring the antagonizer to the ground where he can be held and immobilized.

This volume is well-executed, I liked the presentation format. Not a bad book, easy enough to comprehend, but much of the material has already been covered in other works, including Henry Taejoon Lee's father GM. Joo Bang Lee's series of three books, "The Ancient Martial Art of Hwarang Do" (all of which I recommend). Martial artists without experience in hapkido-type arts (or other lock/throw styles) should also note that many of the techniques shown here which look spectacular in demonstrations are quite difficult to apply in practical situations without a cooperative "assailant". Still, not a bad book. I recommend this mainly for practitioners of Hwarang-Do (of course), Hapkido, and Kuk Sool.

If you enjoy Korean martial arts such as Hwarang-Do or another Hapkido related style, you may also enjoy Choe's affordable Hapkido books, Kimm's "Hapkido" & "Hapkido II", Myung's "Korean Hapkido" and any of the big "Kuk Sool" textbooks. I hope someday Joo Bang Lee will be able to produce a master volume on his art of Hwarang-Do--the art certainly rates it!

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