Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History and Philosophy

Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History and Philosophy

by Doug Cook




ForeWord's Book of the Year Award FINALIST - 2006Taekwondo, literally translated, can be defined as "foot, hand way"
or "the way of smashing with hands and feet." Such descriptive nomenclature understandably implies a curriculum rich in self-defense.
Too often, however, this is simply not the case. Given the current popularity of sport competition in the martial arts, many techniques of defensive value have been stripped away or forfeited altogether in favor of those certain to score in the ring. While the thirst for Olympic gold has clearly played a significant role in propelling taekwondo into the forefront, it should be remembered that this native Korean martial art contains over 3200 distinct self defense techniques.
This book describes in detail, the history and evolution of Taekwondo from its ancient roots to modern day applications. Also included are exercises in "Ki" or internal energy development, meditation practice,
and practical self-defense strategies. This work focuses on the traditional aspects of Taekwondo rather than on its sportive component.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594390661
Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
Publication date: 05/25/2006
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History and Philosophy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
D_Bennett More than 1 year ago
The book is comprised of three major sections, history, philosophy and technique. I very much enjoyed the historical background. I can recommend the book for this information alone. The philosophy section is OK. If you are only looking for a how-to book, this probably isn't the book for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Most books about taekwondo are either hard to understand given the how-to solution of their approach, or they are just another way of saying the same thing over again. Cook's approach, however, is fresh and much appreciated. I loved his last book and will recommend this one to all my friends who study the martial arts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this work from a friend and was once again astounded at the depth and attention Mr. Cook has given the subject of his work. If you think his last book, Taekwondo Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior was good...READ THIS! More history as well as practical applications makes this book a perfect compendium to his last. A must for all serious taekwondo practitioners of all ranks!