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CompleteMartialArts.com - The Complete Tae Kwon Do Hyung, Vol. 2

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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9781882015009
ISBN: 1882015002
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Publication Date: 1989-06
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Summary: Okay Book For Use As A Picture-Book Reference 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: Excellent Reference Set for Chang Hon Forms (old style)
Comment: The three volumes of Hyung by Master Cho are an excellent reference set for the Chang Hon patterns. The pictures are clear and the descriptions are fairly good. Used in conjunction with the excellent videos that are available through Master Cho should provide you with everything you need to complement classroom instruction and forms review. (There are even cheaper packages available from Master Cho with all of the books and videos packaged together).

The videos run through each form twice, once with Master Cho and a partner showing everything move by move and explaining it and the second with Master Cho doing it with "full speed and power". Seeing his intensity and focus will probably convnice you, as it did me, that these are the best videos out there for the patterns. The books and videos have a very few differences but not substantially.

WORD OF WARNING: Master Cho does his forms "old-style", without sine wave and with a very solid/powerful Shotokan-esque hard expression of the patterns. He learned the forms quite some time ago and the order he does them is different. He only has 20 of the forms and does Ko-Dang instead of Juche. So, if you are an ITF school, you may want to check out the order and the differences in doing them before committing to them. Personally I love the books and videos both.

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