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CompleteMartialArts.com - The Complete Tae Kwon Do Hyung, Vol. 3

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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9780929015002
ISBN: 0929015002
Label: Cho's Taekwon Do Publishing House
Manufacturer: Cho's Taekwon Do Publishing House
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 1984-06
Publisher: Cho's Taekwon Do Publishing House
Studio: Cho's Taekwon Do Publishing House

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Summary: Okay Book For Use As A Picture-Book Reference Manual For ITF Forms
Comment: I must admit that I had purchased this and the other two volumes in the series well over 20 years ago when my instructor at the time was considering having us learn these forms in addition to the Palgwe forms that we currently practiced and were required for advancement according to the WTF (World Tae Kwon Do Federation) before they decided to go with the Tae Guek forms. Anyhow, I remember looking through them back then but admittedly haven't even given them any thought until about a week ago when I was looking for a particular book and ran across them.

Now I would have to say that these books are not the best ones on the market today for showing you the ITF (International Tae Kwon Do Federation) forms. Had I wrote this review back when I bought these books, I probably would have been able to give it a higher rating. As it stands today, I would have to give these books a three star rating.

Each book is identical in layout with an introduction followed by a brief biography of the author and then a section devoted to the origins of the various forms and their names. This is then followed by a demonstration of the each of the numerous forms presented in each book. The layout for each form begins with a brief section describing the name and a little history of each form followed by an overhead view of the pattern of each form.

The author then demonstrates each movement in each form with fairly clear photographs, but only a line or two of text (occasionally a paragraph) for each movement and in some cases no text at all. I found this to be a bit annoying as it made the book seem more like a picture-book reference manual, rather than a book that could actually help you learn the individual forms. This to me was a big drawback and I felt the author could have spent a little more time on the text. However, if all you need is an occasional reminder of what each movement is in a particular form, then this book along with its two companion volumes would probably work okay for you.

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

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Summary: The best on the ITF forms of Taekwondo
Comment: This is probably the best and most efficient account of the Taekwondo Hyungs. The photographs are clear, and the movements are relatively obvious. I have read this book for a long time. However, on the downside, I would like to add that the verbal description of the forms is very short. What is most irritating, is that the application of the forms are not explicitly dealt with. There are some verbal indications given at the beginning of each Hyung, but the lack of explicitly shown applications, stops me from giving it 5 stars.

Also, it could have benefitted from some arrows, indicating movement.

Perhaps these minor downpoints could be remedied in later editions?

In all, still probably the best series written on the Hyungs.


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