Summary: Excellent Comprehensive Resource
Comment: Marc Tedeschi has produced one of the finest Taekwondo resources available in print. The photography is outstanding. The information and layout are easy to follow and comprehend. Each section, e.g. philosophy, history, punches, kicks, blocks, self-defense, sparring, etc, is a joy to read and study. As for the section on forms: wow! The step-by-step charts, the corresponding pictures, and the form diagrams are the best I have ever seen. This resource is a must for any serious student of Taekwondo. I for one appreciate his attempt to cover both the WTF and ITF styles of Taekwondo since it demonstrates the rich diversity of this popular martial art.
Summary: Beautiful production, but biased.
Comment: This book is as well produced as Tedeschi's other volumes are, however there is little new information here. The poom-se, or forms, are described in great detail, but works by others, including Grandmaster Richard Chun, do the same. The photos are excellent since Mr. Tedechi is a photographer as well as a martial artist. One must also recall that Mr. Tedechi is primarily a hapkido practitioner and, while he has done much to remind the reader of this, going so far as to use other masters to portray technique, his bias towards hapkido surfaces from time to time and tends to color his subject matter. Beginners in the Korean art of taekwondo would do well to realize that the current issues surrounding taekwondo, as stated, are not as cut and dry as this book makes them out to be. This work should be read in conjunction with others on the market that emphasize the philosophical and life-enriching components of taekwondo that exist regardless of the sport aspects that pervade today. A worthy work, but a good example of how "size does not ultimately matter."
Summary: really nice book for the beginner and intermediate student
Comment: After the author's book on Hapkido, I was full of expectations about his work on Taekwondo. I am not disapointed! A really beautiful book, with lots of explicative and nice pictures of very high quality, very clear design, foot diagrams, explainations of techniques, etc...
This book is essentially about techniques, with some awesome parts, like the chapters about footwork and olympic sparring that are really clear and comprehensive (and usually left aside in most TKD books). The chapters about step sparring and self-defense are really worth reading too.
Unfortunately, I expected a little bit more about Taekwondo's historia and philosophy in a book named "Traditions, Philosophy, Technique". And the part about forms does not give information that you wouldn't find in any other TKD book on forms.
This book has the unusual ambition to cover all TKD styles (WTF, ITF, etc...) and shows how similar these styles can be, at least technically. However, nothing is said about ITF point sparring in this book.
You can not learn martial arts in a book, but this book is really a good complement to your training; it contains nearly all the techiques you might train in your dojang (with their English and Korean names). And it may help you keep your motivation and will to learn the art. It shows how beautiful, powerful and dynamic Taekwondo can be! The pictures are definitely a lot better than in other martial arts books, so this book deserves to get the highest rate!
I would recommend this book to any TKD student willing to get an overview of TKD and to have a nice book about the art they train.