Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

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Although millions of people around the world practice the fascinating art of Taekwondo, so little is known about its history, principles or philosophy. It is time to find out just what Taekwondo is all about! Learn how principles such as honor, perseverance, and dedication will enhance your daily life, how the philosophical and physical tenets combine to form not only a way of living, but a solid system of self-defense, and why these concepts are not just quaint ideals, but more important than ever in today's ...
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Overview

Although millions of people around the world practice the fascinating art of Taekwondo, so little is known about its history, principles or philosophy. It is time to find out just what Taekwondo is all about! Learn how principles such as honor, perseverance, and dedication will enhance your daily life, how the philosophical and physical tenets combine to form not only a way of living, but a solid system of self-defense, and why these concepts are not just quaint ideals, but more important than ever in today's age.Taekwondo's Ancient Wisdom is not only a 'must read' for every practitioner of any other martial art, but for everyone who seeks to learn from our collective past to better navigate through today's confusing times.Includes a thorough history of Taekwondo.Discover exactly what having a black belt is all about.Learn a simple way of meditation that will benefit any martial artist.Discover the difference between the martial arts as an 'art' and as a 'sport'.
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Editorial Reviews

Alan J. Couture
"...Cook writes in an easy-to-understand style, which is particularly helpful for analyzing this complex subject. Any practitioner of Taekwondo, from the novice White Belt to the most seasoned Black Belt, should include this book in martial arts training."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886969933
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 536,563
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Cook holds a 5th Dan Black Belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo and is certified as an instructor and in rank by the United States Taekwondo Association and the Kukkiwon. He is the author of two best-selling books focusing on taekwondo entitled, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior and Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, a finalist in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award. All editions are published by YMAA Publication Center, Inc., and are available online and at booksellers throughout the world.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    Strongly Recommended for Taekwondo Enthusiasts

    Strongly recommended for Taekwondo enthusiasts, Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - Accessibly written by Doug Cook (who holds a third degree black belt in Taekwondo), Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom For The Modern Warrior is not a just another how-to instruction manual for the martial art of Taekwondo, but rather a comprehensive history of this specialized martial arts self-defense technique. Chapters cover how Taekwondo evolved upon the Korean peninsula, the code of honor to which its first practitioners adhered, the mental and emotional benefits of practicing the art, and personal growth in the skill beyond the black belt, among many other topics. Some black and white photographs illustrate this highly thoughtful and informative discussion of what is now a widely taught martial art and physical discipline. Strongly recommended for Taekwondo martial arts enthusiasts who are interested in learning and reaching beyond the mere physical forms of their practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    Traditional Taekwondo at its finest!

    So many people today decribe taekwondo as having no philosophical foundation. This is clearly not the case after reading Doug Cook's work. So much care is given to every facet of the traditional art of taekwondo. If you have grown cynical about your practice, read this book. It will revitalize your outlook and remind you of the virtues of your practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

    If you are a taekwondoist that realizes there is more to the martial arts than kicking and punching, then this is the book for you. The author covers everything from training hall decorum to the elusive internal energy known as Ki. This book will remind older practitioners why they continue to train in spite of the aches and pains. It will also teach younger students more about taekwondo than most teachers are able to transmit. It has clearly revitalized the way my students and I train. Only those exclusively seeking huge trophies and points in the ring will find little value here. However, this is a treasure trove for everyone else wishing to gain a full understanding of the Korean martial art and sport of taekwondo. Doug Cook, master instructor and columnist from Taekwondo Times magazine, has done a phenominal job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

    Most books I've read on taekwondo have been devoted to sparring and technique. Master Cook's book, however, not only covers the physical part of the traditional Korean martial art, but goes far beyond to describe the principles involved. This is a gold mine of information to those truly seeking knowledge of the underlying doctrines of taekwondo.

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