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Children's LiteratureTae Kwon Do traces its origins to ancient Korea. Over two thousand years ago, the Korean Peninsula was divided into multiple warring kingdoms. At that time, military leaders sought to inculcate a spirit of excellence and capacity into elite troops. These men came to be the first experts in the newly developed Tae Kwon Do, which also became a spiritual guidepost that emphasized courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and an indomitable spirit. Through this text, readers will be able to encounter some of the basic tenets and techniques of this ancient martial art. As in the other books in the "Martial Arts" series, the subject matter is presented in a combined approach. Basic techniques used by Tae Kwon Do experts—the blocks, kicks, and escape moves—are both textually described and presented via a series of step-by-step photographs. This combined approach offers readers an excellent introduction to the high-energy yet focused sport of Tae Kwon Do. This is a book that will appeal to youngsters with even a glimmer of interest in martial arts. 2005, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck