Comment: I wouldn't even give this one star, if my choices weren't limited. Even without purchasing this book, I see right off the bat that he MISSPELLED "Tang Soo Do" in mock-Hangul on the cover. What an idiot. I hope he's ashamed of himself.
Summary: Not a Good Source for Accurate Tang Soo Do Info
Comment: After reading this book, I felt a responsibility to the Tang Soo Do community to write this review. I have been trained, educated, and certified in traditional Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan for >21 years. I trained under several, highly respected, masters that were certified directly under Grandmaster Hwang Kee (the founder of Tang Soo Do), My education came from the source. Therefore, I feel, at the very least, I am qualified to provide an opinion on this book. As other reviewers stated, there are a few good pieces of information in this book. However, those are outweighed by the enormous lack of information, the numerous inaccuracies, and the excessive number of misleading pieces of information found throughout this book. The answers to many of the questions are elementary at best, and leave the (uninformed and experienced) reader with more unanswered questions. The author completely disregards the very basics of Tang Soo Do history; this book does an extreme disservice to the art. This type of poor information concerning a martial art discipline is the reason many martial arts are a mere fragment of what they once were, and if students are using this book as a source of information, please disregard it, and seek any and all information available from C.S. Kim, Jae C. Shin, Hwang Kee, HC Hwang, or any other true source of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.
In this book, there are numerous inaccuracies, very poor illustrations, poor current association(s)information, etc. It makes one wonder whether the other books this author has on Tang Soo Do are as inaccurate and misleading. I have to agree with Mr. Losik's own posted review of his own book "there IS no other book like it....."
In the preface of this book, it states "The author DOES NOT want you to replace your answers (to questions about TSD) with his", that is very good advice. On page 65 he provides this answer to the question "Why aren't questions allowed during training?"...Answer: "in Tang Soo Do students are expected to turn inward for answers". This is ridiculous, any potential student should run away from any school that does not allow students to ask questions, (it is a sign that the instructor may not know the answers). This is only one small example of the misleading comments and statements. Mr. Losik's book is more of his "point of view" than actual fact. This book IS NOT
Recommended to any experienced or beginning student of Tang Soo Do, or anyone seeking honest or accurate information on this martial art.
Summary: This is garbage
Comment: The author can't even read Hangul...and yet...he tries to put Hangul on the front cover...AND GETS IT WRONG!! The author claims the cover says 'Tang Soo Do' but it actually is gibberish and some of the characters aren't even real characters in the Korean language. It doesn't get any better when you open the cover and read the tripe inside. This author has the absolute worst reputation in the martial arts community for accuracy of his information. You would be better off lining your bird cage with it than reading it.
Summary: Inaccurate and Misleading
Comment: This book is filled with historical inaccuracies and gaps. It directly conflicts with current research on the history and methods of Tang Soo Do. Moreover, there is no firsthand knowledge reflected or serious digging into the details and their evolution.
For example, the translations of the Korean forms to Japanese equivalents is wrong, perhaps because many of them are not known by the source. It would be a disservice for any instructor to recommend this book to a student.
Summary: Answers most of the basic thru intermiediate questions
Comment: This book answers most of the basic thru intermiediate questions asked by Tang SOo Do practitioners. Master Losik does suffix the book saying that more infomation is constantly coming up chaning even what he has weritten. There are some variences based on this with what Hwang Kee has currently written in his History of Moo Duk Kwon, but this is new information. The book is worth, getting just for the Form Names, and terminolgy alone, and will be of interest to any Tang Soo Do practioner.