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Posted September 11, 2010
Good, but not perfect
It thankfully covers all 25 forms and describes each of them. And compared to Kukkiwon's textbook, this book is devoid of the grammatical problems in the bigger textbook. It does offer some reasonable explanation about some topics, such as the reasoning for the deliberate narrowing of stances. While I don't agree with some of the explanations, I am, after all, not in possession of a PhD or a 9th degree black belt. But the explanations are there nevertheless, which is more than can be said for any other book out there. And that fosters discussion and debate. But as is typical with nearly all books written on the subject, there is missing some technical details. Some examples: 1) In palgwe 4, #8b and #18b, it doesn't explain why the palm is below the elbow. I know why it's there, but it should be explained in the book. 2) p49 shows how to execute double knifehand block. But if performed per this book in competition, the performer would lose points. Therefore, there is inconsistency between this book and official judging regulations. Maybe the book wasn't written for competition style performance, but there's no reason why it shouldn't be presented that way. 3) Unlike many of the other books out there on this subject, this book does not explain the application behind ANY of the forms' techniques. Without understanding of the application, it will not be possible for the performer to apply personal style without potentially breaking spirit of the technique. The book is interesting, and compared to many books is very complete; but in other ways, it is not as complete as I would like.
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