Summary: A collection of introductory flyers.
Comment: This book has two good points.
Firstly it's about the only published text that you will find that covers the majority of the original Kwans and thier connection to each other.
Secondly the information contained within is generally quite accurate though you will find untruths and contradictions. Why? Because most of the information contained within this book comes from numerous organisations and sources and they each have thier own way of telling the history of Tang Soo Do.
Now the bad points, and there are many:
As with the majority of Mr Losiks literature it is atrociously put together. The quality of the paperback is very low in itself, with poor binding, some pages unside down and some repeated.
While he claimes it has been edited this is clearly not the case with a mutitude of basic spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and often entire paragraphs repeated throughout the book.
The style of writing changes from section to section clearly showing that most of the text is not his own words, and with no correct quotation, end notes, or correctly set out bibliography (plus the unusually high number of dubious reference materials noted at the back)it is clear that Mr Losik could be on the verge of serious plagiarism with this work. Quite possibly the worst aspect of this book is that Losik in no way attemts to conclude or explain the information he presents, especially annoying where one Kwans history contradicts another.
Having said that, an enquiring mind and accademic attitude to this book will allow the reader to trawl through the pages of irrelevant repetition to find some generally forthright material (produced originally by whoever Losik copied it from)which will pose some interesting questions, which the reader can then pursue from a different author.
Summary: Regardless of past reviews, this book is a gift!
Comment: There is so little information regarding the Kwans of Tang Soo Do and later, taekwondo. Most knowledge has been passed on orally or destroyed during the Japanese occupation and the ensuing Korean conflict. Thankfully, Mr. Losak has taked the time to famiarize the reader with the roots of our practice as well the personalities involved. I am author of the book Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior and intend to use Mr. Losak's information in a new book I am presently working on for YMAA of Boston. Thank you Mr. Losak for this fine piece of research. I just purchased my second copy for a friend!
Summary: That sucker was me!
Comment: This book is one of three I purchased by this author. There are no verifiable references in this book. It seems to contain what is standard and has been posted on the internet for the last few years. Your learning nothing new. Just type 'Tang Soo Do History' in Google and you will have all you need. I suspect the author of this book did the same!!! I am getting my money back.
Summary: There is a sucker born every minute!
Comment: If you buy this book...you'll fullfill the above colloquialism. This work had potential...but the material is often repeated from one chapter to the next and discrepancies do occur. It leaves a person feeling cheated. Some information is just plain wrong. Mr. Losik also refuses to list any sources for his information or identify facts from speculation. The plagarism of website sources is blatantly apparant.
I recommend you hang on to your hard earned cash.
Summary: Caveat Emptor - Buyer Beware
Comment: Mr Losik is not an expert on TangSooDo by his own admission:
Hi everyone, and thanks for your interest in my books. Beware as this is this author's attitude regarding credibility.
In response to requests to share my sources for information:
Today, I am an author and a book seller. My objective is to sell books. If I inform the martial arts community of my sources I use for any of the information I publish, then there will be far fewer of my books sold. That is the reason I do not give out my sources, it's bad for business.
I have never claimed to be an expert. In each of my books I put a disclaimer that I am not an expert just someone sharing his experience in research and his training.
If other people believe that they can be academic about Korean martial arts then they should persue their belief, I do not share in that belief at this time.