TKD Books/Magazines to read?

Discussion in 'Tae Kwon Do Resources' started by Nyghtewynd, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. Nyghtewynd

    Nyghtewynd Valued Member

    Is there anything out there that you'd recommend a beginner or just someone who's interested in TKD to read? I picked up a copy of TKT Times this weekend, but it seems mostly oriented to tournament results. Is there anything else out there?

    PS: This may deserve its own thread, but I was amazed at the videos offered for sale...that they were REALLY expensive (IMO), and that they were videos and not DVDs. Is there a reason for the price? Is there anything like that that you'd recommend?
  2. Alexander

    Alexander Possibly insane.

    Depends what style of Tae Kwon-Do you happen to study. If you are a WTF member there generally seem to be a lot more books out there on that side of Tae Kwon-Do than on the ITF side.

    If you are doing TKD as a traditional art with not much restrictions in sparring (generally ITF) yo might wnt to read the Tao of Jeet Kne Do (Bruce Lee). This is invaluable of all styles including TKD.
  3. TkdWarrior

    TkdWarrior Valued Member

    u should try TKD encyclopedia it's about 16 volume set... awesome manual
  4. Tittan

    Tittan Valued Member

    There is also another version - the one volume ITF "short lexicon"... but if I got to chose, I'd go for the 16 volume one ;)
  5. KickChick

    KickChick Valued Member

    Tae Kwon Do Books/Videos-DVD/CD's

    I have the Legacy CD rom collection which I absolutely love and refer to quite often (this disc set features the entire 15 volume encyclopedia, full motion video of all 24 patterns viewable in full motion or one move at a time)

    There are some other books on the site as well that would recommend if you are ITF or similar

    As far as WTF and other TKD-related resources .... this site has a great selection (some good stuff in the bargain basement also!)

    More Here!

    You can actually access the Taekwon-Do Encyclopedia HERE ... (left hand side click Encyclopedia)
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2004
  6. Tittan

    Tittan Valued Member

    How could I forget to mention the Legacy CD-rom :bang:

    I've also got it, but it's still hiding somewhere among my boxes after the last time I moved... Brilliant stuff!
  7. Spookey

    Spookey Valued Member

    Must see Videos and DVDs

    Dear All,

    I am a practitioner of the Chang Hon (ITF) patten set! However, I would advise any practitioner of TKD regardless of organization or kwan affiliation to view the films marked by Turtle Press starring Mr. Sang H. Kim.

    His kicking tutorials are excellent and applicable to all systems of TKD!

    PS...Legacy is also available on DVD and VHS (just a little less info than the CD-Rom) however, they are not as easy to carry around!


    ALPHADEANO U knows it Clart

    tkd books

    I WOULD RECOMEND Hee Ill Cho's Books. (9th degre)
    His Masters Kicks, and masters Jumping kicks, books are an exelant complement to your kicking training.
    I (when I was training more seriously), followed the exercises in these books and found my kicking came on a long way.
    Plenty of pictures and specific exercioses strenght./stretching for individual kicks.

    Hee Ill Cho can Kick!
  9. Andy Cap

    Andy Cap Valued Member

    Wow! I would have imagined there would be more books here.

    Richard Chun's - "Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art" is very good

    Dr. Sang Kyu Shim's - "The Making of a Martial Artist" out of print, but worth finding

    I will add more later because I am at work and can't think of them all - but those are great books.
  10. Graifox

    Graifox New Member

    Can you learn from books? I mean it tells you stuff about how to do things but how do you know if your doing it right?

    Or are the books about history or the like?

    Sorry for the dumb questions i am just curious.
  11. neryo_tkd

    neryo_tkd Valued Member

    we have already discussed this topic in this thread:

    don't worry, it's not a dumb question. you can always use the 'search' button above and find topics that are of your interest.

    and you pretty much answered the question yourself: you need someone to tell you if what you are doing is right or not, especially if you are a beginner.
  12. Graifox

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  13. Graeme

    Graeme New Member

    I bought his book "The Complete Tae Kwon Do Hyung" first volume, which goes through basic moves and the first 7 forms of ITF. Photos of every move are shown and everything is explained very clearly. I'd really recommend this book to any beginner in ITF taekwondo.
  14. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon New Member

    Since you and I are in the same boat here are some books that might help you.
    Tae kwon do: The state of the art
    By: Master Sung Chul Whang, Master Jung Chul Whang and Brandon Saltz
    Price: US $20.00/CAN $30.00

    Tae Kwon do( Updated Edition)(W.T.F. style book)
    By:Yeon Hee Park, Yeon Hwan Park, Jon Gerrard
    Price:US $ 14.95/ CAN $22.95

    The Secrets Of Tae kwon do: Principles and Techniques for Beginners
    By: Jennifer Lawler
    Price: US $ 17.95/ CAN $25.95

    The Complete Idiot's Guide To: Tae Kwon do
    By: Karen Eden,Keith Yates
    Price: $17.95/CAN $ 24.95

    Hope this helps
  15. dutch80au

    dutch80au New Member

    there is also a black belt taekwondo book by yeon hee park, yeon hwan park and jon gerrard. it has all advanced techniques and black belt patterns.
  16. Yudanja

    Yudanja Euphoric


    There are quite a lot of good books out there on the subject of Taekwondo. Some of them are out of print and/or hard to find. I recommend the following books.. which i have in my collection:

    TAEKWON-DO Encyclopedia 16 volume set by Gen. Choi Hong Hi

    Condensed TAEKWON-DO Encyclopendia by Gen. Choi Hong Hi

    Kukkiwon Taekwondo Textbook

    TAE KWON-DO by B.S. Huan

    Tae Kwon Do by Richard Chun

    Advancing in Tae Kwon Do by Richard Chun

    Tae Guek Hyung W.T.F. by Hee Il Cho

    Black Belt Hyung W.T. F. by Hee Il Cho

    3 Volume Taekwondo Hyung (ITF) by Hee Il Cho

    and there are a few more... I have about 11 more Taekwondo books in my collection..just cant remember them off hand.

    As far as magazines go. I have collected every issue of TKD times since it was first printed. Sometimes they have some good stuff in there.

    Sabum Steve Hartsock
  17. Pocari Neko

    Pocari Neko Learner Ninja

    Marc Tedeschi - Taekwondo Traditions, Philosophy, Technique. ISBN: 0-8348-0515-4, published by Weatherhill. Big book, but very informative and good (but not always technically perfect) pics for patterns.

    Chong Lee - Dynamic Kicks; Advanced Explosive Kicks...

    And another one: Secrets of Korean Karate. Goes through techniques quitel carefully that even someone as "exercise stupid" as me can follow. Also has a fair amount of instruction on counter attacks.

    Hope this helps.
  18. Yudanja

    Yudanja Euphoric

    Jhoon Rhee books...

    If you want a blast from the past.. and want to see how the ITF forms were performed before Gen. Choi updated them with knee-spring, sine-wave or whatever you want to call it, check out Jhoon Rhee's old books.

    The first book is Chon-ji of Taekwondo Hyung... ending with Chung-Mu of Taekwondo Hyung. Still very informative. But done the OLD way.
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  19. HitNRun

    HitNRun New Member

    I agree with Yudanja:

    Check out for great buys on used Jhoon Rhee hyung books. They are expensive new, each book covering only 2 forms (except the first which only covers Chon-ji but has a wealth of other information for the beginner). I have them and refer to them all the time. I wish he published books on ITF BB forms.

  20. Liamtkd

    Liamtkd New Member

    Another fantastic TKD book well worth mentioning is:
    Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophies, Techniques (Marc Tedeschi)

    I bought it about a year ago, and its REALLY good - we call it 'the bible' at our house.

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