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Tae kwon do: Guia basica para conocer este arte marcial (Artes marciales series)
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Manufacturer: Edimat Libros
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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8153
EAN: 9788497641371
ISBN: 849764137X
Label: Edimat Libros
Manufacturer: Edimat Libros
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 96
Publication Date: 2004-04-01
Publisher: Edimat Libros
Studio: Edimat Libros

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Each book in this collection examines the history, philosophy, terminology, ceremony, basic elements, and motivation surrounding the various martial arts. The basic stances, techniques, and combinations are taught through the use of step-by-step photo sequences. The many benefits of martial arts- self-confidence, physical fitness, self-control, coordination, self-defense, and stress relief-are explored. Also supplied is a glossary and a list of international organizations.

Cada libro en esta colecci�n examina la historia, filosof�a, terminolog�a, ceremonia, elementos b�sicos y motivaci�n acerca de las artes marciales. Las posiciones b�sicas, t�cnicas, combinaciones se complementa con fotografi�s a todo color de los pasos a seguir. Se explora los muchos beneficios de las artes marciales-autocontrol, estar en forma f�sica, autoestima, coordinaci�n, defensa personal, y el alivio del estr�s. Tambi�n incluye un glosario y un listado de organizaciones internacionales.

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Summary: English-speaking black belt on a Spanish beginner book
Comment: No puedo describir este libro en espanol muy bien (sorry)

I hold a 1st degree black belt (WTF) in Tae Kwon Do.
I purchased this book to help me with teaching the growing number of new students at my school for whom English is a second language. I am certainly no expert in Spanish, so if I can read it, anyone who is fluent in Spanish will find it easy to read. So far, I have found this book well-written, full of many excellent photographs, and covering the basic subjects of Tae Kwon Do very well. I intend to recommend this book to beginning students at my school to help them understand better what they are learning, until we have enough advanced students who speak fluent Spanish.

Particularly good are the sections on how to get started and what to expect at one's first lesson. I also like the main glossary plus the specialized tables of terminology in many sections.

A couple of caveats:
- some of the Korean terminology does not match what my Korean grandmaster has taught me, even for basics like yoo-dan-ja-nim for black belt. Your school could be very different.
- the book does not specify, but the only organization mentioned in the glossary is the ITF (International TKD Federation), the North Korean based organization. The WTF (World TKD Federation) is also very large, and is especially common in the USA. I am surprised that no mention was made of it. It would be like writing about baseball in the USA and only mentioning the National League. However, to be fair, the author lists several country-level TKD organizations, most of which are actually indirectly affiliated with the WTF. WTF and ITF are the organizations which can issue black belt certificates which are recognized basically world-wide. Other certifications may not be.
- some of the styles for chambering blocks and punches are very different from what I was taught. Not wrong- every school has its unique methods - but the new student needs to know that there is not one universal style.
- every person shown in a deep stance (posicion de avance, ap koopi) is shown with the back foot turned out. This is what many people do, but it is incorrect. Both feet are supposed to face the same direction. Learning to do this stance properly is difficult, but failure to do so leads to weakness of stance and imbalance at advanced levels, because the side of the foot must support the body.
-on the other hand, stances for everything else are perfect. This is very important- if the feet are wrong, nothing else works, and the photographs for kicking (the main feature of TKD) are very detailed.

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