Complete Taekwondo Poomsaeby Kyu Hyung Lee, Sang H. Kim
Complete Taekwondo Poomsae is the most complete reference book available on the Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black Belt Poomsae of WTF style Taekwondo. Grandmasters Kyu Hyung Lee and Sang H. Kim have combined their extensive Taekwondo knowledge to teach you not only the 25 official Taekwondo Poomsaes, but the meaning of the forms, the principles of Poomsae performance and the… See more details below
Complete Taekwondo Poomsae is the most complete reference book available on the Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black Belt Poomsae of WTF style Taekwondo. Grandmasters Kyu Hyung Lee and Sang H. Kim have combined their extensive Taekwondo knowledge to teach you not only the 25 official Taekwondo Poomsaes, but the meaning of the forms, the principles of Poomsae performance and the philosophy that underlies the techniques. Each Poomsae is thoroughly illustrated with clear and technically precise photos. The instructional text is supplemented with information about the meaning, movement line, symbol of each form, and the correct execution of each new movement introduced in the form.
In addition to the 25 official Poomsaes, the authors explain Poomsae theory and principles to help you understand the underlying concepts of Poomsae practice. Topics covered include: characteristics of Poomsae, 13 fundamental Taekwondo techniques, stance, vital targets, bodily weapons, structural principles of Poomsae, Poomsae creation, movement principles, performance tips, mastery, terminology, origin of Taegeuk and Palgwae, meaning of the trigrams, and complete Korean and English Poomsae terminology. Much of this information has never before been translated into English.
About the Author:
Dr. Kyu Hyung Lee is a professor at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea
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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.