Children's LiteratureMartial arts' youngest entrant is also its most popular. Tae Kwon Do, initially developed in Korea as a dangerous form of unarmed combat practiced by an elite fighting force, fell out of favor centuries ago and was not revived in its current form until after Korea was liberated from Japan after World War II. Today's Tae Kwon Do is the most popular of all the martial arts and has been included as an official Olympics event since 2000. Meaning literally, "the way of kicking and punching," the sport is best known for its varied and impressive kicking techniques. Teaching etiquette, respect and self-control, the sport not only is for exercise, but also for self-defense. One in a series of books on martial arts, the book does an excellent job of introducing its mid-level reader to the history, methods, strategy and philosophy behind this popular sport, or as the book argues, way of life. Broken down into multiple chapters, the book includes good photography, as well as a glossary, timeline, bibliography, index and internet resources. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 7 to 14.