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Hapkido: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique
     

Hapkido: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique

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by Marc Tedeschi
 
This ground-breaking work is the first to comprehensively document the traditions, philosophy, and techniques of one of the world's most varied, exciting, and practical martial arts—Hapkido. More than 9,000 photographs introduce over 2,000 martial techniques, including strikes, kicks, blocks, avoiding movements, holds, joint locks, chokes, throws, falls,

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This ground-breaking work is the first to comprehensively document the traditions, philosophy, and techniques of one of the world's most varied, exciting, and practical martial arts—Hapkido. More than 9,000 photographs introduce over 2,000 martial techniques, including strikes, kicks, blocks, avoiding movements, holds, joint locks, chokes, throws, falls, tumbling, ground fighting, and weapons. Numerous closeups show precise grips, leverage methods, pressure points, hitting surfaces, and direction of force.

In addition to self-defense techniques, chapters are included on East Asian philosophy, martial arts history, anatomy, meditation, healing, and pressure point fighting, as well as in-depth, previously unpublished interviews with the world's preeminent Hapkido Grandmasters and renowned Grandmasters of related martial arts. Because of similarities between Hapkido and many other martial arts, including Taekwondo, Jujutsu, Aikido, Judo, and Tai Chi Chuan, this book is a useful reference for practitioners of all martial arts styles, from novices to masters. This unique work of exceptional quality is the definitive text on Hapkido, and destined to become a classic of martial arts literature.

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"This book is in my experience the most comprehensive ever written on a single martial art. It is superbly organized, highly informative, and contains thousands of outstanding photographs. An authoritative presentation of basic principles and techniques, integrated with modern innovations, makes this work indispensable to martial artists of virtually any style."—Professor Wally Jay, founder and grandmaster of Jujitsu America

"Hapkido is an overwhelming achievement. Its comprehensiveness and the quality of the writing and design are unmatched in martial arts literature. The author's integration of history, philosophy, and technique into the larger framework of martial arts as a whole makes this book invaluable to any martial artist. Tedeschi's treatment of weapons techniques is honest, practical, and well worth studying."—Nicklaus Suino, author of The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834804449
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/31/2000
Pages:
1135
Sales rank:
431,248
Product dimensions:
11.58(w) x 11.28(h) x 2.79(d)

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From the Publisher
"This book is in my experience the most comprehensive ever written on a single martial art. It is superbly organized, highly informative, and contains thousands of outstanding photographs. An authoritative presentation of basic principles and techniques, integrated with modern innovations, makes this work indispensable to martial artists of virtually any style."—Professor Wally Jay, founder and grandmaster of Jujitsu America

"Hapkido is an overwhelming achievement. Its comprehensiveness and the quality of the writing and design are unmatched in martial arts literature. The author's integration of history, philosophy, and technique into the larger framework of martial arts as a whole makes this book invaluable to any martial artist. Tedeschi's treatment of weapons techniques is honest, practical, and well worth studying."—Nicklaus Suino, author of The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

Nicklaus Suino
Hapkido is an overwhelming achievement. Its comprehensiveness and the quality of the writing and design are unmatched in martial arts literature. The author's integration of history, philosophy, and technique into the larger framework of martial arts as a whole makes this book invaluable to any martial artist. Tedeschi's treatment of weapons techniques is honest, practical, and well worth studying. NICKLAUS SUINO, author of The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
Professor Wally Jay
This book is in my experience the most comprehensive ever written on a single martial art. It is superbly organized, highly informative, and contains thousands of outstanding photographs. An authoritative presentation of basic principles and techniques, integrated with modern innovations, makes this work indispensable to martial artists of virtually any style.

Meet the Author

Marc Tedeschi is an internationally respected artist, designer, educator, and martial arts master, who has practiced martial arts for more than 25 years, training extensively in Hapkido, Taekwondo, Jujutsu, Judo, and Karate. Tedeschi's unique ability to blend his skills as a designer, writer, and martial artist has resulted in numerous books, widely acknowledged for their design excellence, outstanding imagery, and clarity of content. He is the author of twelve works, including a unique series of general martial arts books that provide an in-depth look at the core concepts and techniques shared by a broad range of martial arts.

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Hapkido: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most comprehensive book on a martial art I have seen! It is well worth the price and for anyone with a martial arts background it has a wealth of information. It is the best book on Hapkido I have found!If you like combined martial arts check out the Combat Jujutsu series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic, a little expensive, but worth twice what their asking, It's qualtiy is higher than most college textbooks and very well written, I have a very hard time putting it down. The book is a absoulte must for A N Y Hapkido enthusiast and/or practitioner. Its definately Library quality material. You won't be disapointed, but you may be Suprised, it's physical size and weight are massive...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most definitive textbook that I have ever read about Hapkido or any other martial art! I saw it while browsing one of our local Barnes & Nobles Bookstores, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it and realized the gems of knowledge that it contained (Info about Hapkido's History, Healing Arts, Weapons, etc.) and I had to return the very next day to buy the sole copy that I had seen in the store. It was well worth the $86.00 (Including Tax) that I spent to buy my copy. I've been looking for just such a text for quite some time (I've an old dog-eared Hapkido textbook, written in Korean, that I've had for about 20 years which, until now, was the most comprehensive text I could find). It's going to be a valuable addition to my martial arts library, will aid in my continuing education about my art, and a pleasure to read (And yes, it IS a heavy tome but, well worth the muscle strain of lifting it). Thanks, Marc Tedeschi!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most comprehensive book on the martial arts I have ever seen. It is wonderfully illustrated and is a wonderful reference source for martial arts techniques. The biggest problem with the book is that it is so large/heavy that you have to have a full lap or table on which to read it. Highly recommend it!
AikiRooster More than 1 year ago
Master Tedeschi did a GREAT job with this herculean task. Without doubt, should be on every serious martial person's bookshelf for future reference, after reading at least once thoroughly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
That Weatherhill would publish a book of this size on Hapkido curriculum was a great surprise to me and I was very excited to see it. I however found the content to be quite disappointing. Although Mr.Tedeschi did a fair job at covering the art's background and has filled the book with excellent quality photographs it seems clear that in attempting not to represent any particular school's approach to Hapkido he has created something that really represents an approach that none of the major schools teach from. By trying to please all he has in the end represented none. As for the manner in which he performs techniques I often questioned whether he was not a practitioner more influenced by arts other than hapkido.His manner of performing technique is not consistant with any of the teachers I've had in nearly 2 decades of study both in North America and Korea and he includes technique from outside the art. Books by Hee-Young Kimm and Kwang-Sik Myung ( practitioners with whom I am not connected ) still remain the best on the subject, although they have become increasing difficult to find. The real shame here is that already having book like this on the market another major publisher isn't likely to publish another book of the same nature done with greater authenticity.