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Taekwondo Spirit and Practice: Beyond Self-Defense
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8153
EAN: 9781886969223
ISBN: 1886969221
Label: YMAA Publication Center
Manufacturer: YMAA Publication Center
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 168
Publication Date: 2002-10-25
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center
Studio: YMAA Publication Center

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Undoubtedly the most popular martial arts system in the world. Follow a pioneer of Taekwondo who helped to establish the art in America when nobody knew what it was.


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Summary: Surprised me
Comment: I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised at how I ended up feeling about the book. It is clearly a martial arts autobiography, and for some reason I was surprised by this. I guess I was expecting more of a pure "philosophy book." It turns out to be the perfect way for Grandmaster Chun to express the message of the book.

Initially I was a little put off by what I perceived as a tone that was less than the humility that he subscribes to. However, as the book progresses, the Grandmaster's wisdom becomes increasingly apparent. I found myself jotting notes/quotes on index cards to reread and study later. I passed along one to a TKD classmate that I perceived was struggling with a specific concept. I will definately reread this book and have no doubt that I will find even more pearls than I found the first time. The pearls are there for the reader to pick up and enjoy, but are not shoved down the throat.

While I would stop short of calling this a "must read," it is a "good read." The reader will come away spiritually richer than before s/he read it. The practioner of TKD will find it a good addition to their studies and library. The "lay person" who is searching will come away with a deeper understanding of this incredible martial art. Worth buying. I'm glad I did.

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Summary: The truly inspiring story of one of the last great Grand Masters
Comment: I have met Dr. Chun on several occasions and have had the opportunity to study under serveral of his students who are now masters themselves. Most of my 8 years in the martial arts has been in Tae Kwon Do, though under a differant master.

Dr. Chun is, in short an amazing man with an incredible history.

This book chronicles not only his experience in the martial arts from the age of 11 through his many contributions when he came to America, but also has a great deal to say about the current state of the martial arts in America, and without an accusatory tone, how we are losing the ancient traditions of Tae Kwon Do to the dreaded "McDojos"

This is truly an important read for anyone interested in Tae Kwon Do and martial arts in general.

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Summary: Embracing the physical and spiritual virtues of Taekwondo
Comment: Taekwondo Spirit and Practice: Beyond Self-Defense by Grand Master Richard Chun (President of the United States Taekwondo Association and Special Assistant to the President of the World Taekwondo Federation) is the personal experience and expert testimony of a true 9th Dan Grandmaster in the respected and disciplined martial art of Taekwondo, who blends his journey from Korea to America and his strength in rising to the challenge of adapting to a strange language and culture to the life lessons of the art itself. Embracing the physical and spiritual virtues of Taekwondo as a venue for self-improvement, Taekwondo Spirit And Practice is an emotional and spiritual supplement to martial arts philosophy shelves and strongly recommended reading for students of the Martial Arts in general, and Taekwondo in particular.

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Summary: Essential reading for all Martial Artists
Comment: Today, too little is presented on the traditonal value of the martial arts as a lifestyle practice. Dr. Chun, who was one of the first Taekwondo Masters sent to the US, brings a richness on experience that makes him a national treasure. Useful to all martial art stylists. Do not miss this.

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Summary: A Grand Work From a True Martial Arts Legend
Comment: I had the opportunity to read the manuscript of this book prior to publication as well as the fininshed work. Being an instructor and true follower of Grand Master Chun, I was delighted in the content and his writing style. It is both sincere and riveting. Dr. Chun leads us through his life and inspires the reader with many significant experiences from his youth in Korea to the present. Having authored the book, Taekwondo Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, I personally know what it is like to share your passion with others. Grandmaster Chun is highly successful at this mission. This is a must-read book for anyone involved in martial arts and taekwondo inparticular.


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