Discussion in 'Tae Kwon Do Resources' started by Nyghtewynd, Aug 30, 2004.
What style of TKD do you do and what price are you willing to pay for a book?
I train under AIMAA. Not sure what other style it would similar to.
Regarding price, if the book is worth it, price isn't much of an issue.
I found this on the AIMAA website, I have no knowlegde in AIMAA style taekwondo however, so I can't really recommend you one. They seem to sell both WTF and ITF books there.. what exactly is your ruleset?
I think its ITF, but can't say for certain, patterns are Chon ji, Do san, Yul Kok, Chun Gun etc.
Anyone have any comments on the books on the AIMAA Website ??
I can't think of any good TKD kicking books but I know there is a really good TKD dvd on the market which is most worth looking at. Its WTF based but Its good for ITF based people as well;
Doesn't have to be specific to TKD, just a book that shows the basic kicks along with specific exercises for each kick to help with strenghtening and flexibility.
will why not get the masters kick and jumping kick by cho
lots of stretches and strengh exercises for each kick
I recommend the books by Shawn Kovacich.
As a TKD beginner, there are two books which have really helped me. The first is StuartA's book (which is just amazing - Stuart, thanks for a great volume!), and the other is Master Jim Hogan's "Taekwon-Do Patterns" .
It's what I turn to when I am learning a new pattern and need to get things 'sorted' in my head; it's very practical, whereas Stuart's book is what I turn to when I want to find out why the pattern includes certain moves, and also a more solid explanation of it.
and always be specific to say whether it is WTF or ITF or in general
I guess the two books I mentioned are ITF. I'm not sure if WTF does any of the same patterns.
Last time I replied to this, I was happy at the extra Hapkido coverage in the issues, but this time I have to comment on the latest two issues (since the new cover change/format change). Is it just me or has the depth of content really dropped?
A lot of the magazine is now "insirational stories", kids games, low level mystic commentary, and very articles that have any substantial historical or technical content in my opinion. Anyone feel the same?
Oh, and I really don't like all the Pro-North crap lately either.
TKD Times... yea...well I have to admit that I have given up on it completely. Waste of time and money. I tend to flip through it at the bookstore and perhaps read any interesting articles but seeing how few there are, well, I can usually read what I need just standing there. I am glad to see that Black Belt seems to have added a monthly article on TKD (though I gave up my subscription to this as well).
For those who are still undecided on a certain book, a final update has been added to the preview PDF.
Download it here: http://www.raynerslanetkd.com/downloadables/HaeSul/Taekwondo_Haesul_Preview.pdf
Undecided no more : ) Just ordered.
The Taegeuk Cipher
by Simon John O'Neill
I brought this book for a number of reasons, firstly because obviously pattern applications is a particular interest of mine and my Academy, secondly to support the cause of making patterns have more function in TKD than they presently do (though that is changing) be it Ch'ang Hon/ITF or Kukki/WTF and finally because I know and have seen Simon and knew what he has release so far via the internet, to be not only good, but have far reaching consequences into the system of Taekwondo he practices.
Okay, onto the book. Well, I knew it would be good and even though I only received it today I am very impressed. The book isnt just a collection of techniques and applications for the Taegeuk patterns (even though they form the core of the book) and even if it was, it would be worth the money for any WTF student and many other martial artists who dont have the same focus in regards to their forms/kata/patterns. However, the book includes much more, such as an in-depth history of Taekwondo and its development, so much so I would think many Karateka would learn a lot from it simply for the amount of info on the pre-TKD years and the background of famous Karate masters from all the various styles who form the lineage that eventually led to Taekwondos 'official' birth. Much information on who helped develop the Taeguek patterns and how their history and influence infused the patterns with variosu self-defence aspects such as grappling techniques, throws etc.
It also includes sections on the primary exchanges involved in a self-defence altercation and how the patterns relate, how to develop specific attributes to enhance what you learn/practice within the patterns, sections on patterns performance, sparring drills/exercises relating to pattern application (some of which I already use and a couple that I will certainly start to use) and even a section on how to formulate a practical patterns related syllabus.
Going onto the bulk of the book, the patterns are divided into chapters (obviously) however, the chapters are grouped to correlate to the stages involved in a self defence senerio, that of first attack, grappling range and finally advanced techniques, sothing which I think will help the student immensily. Of the chapters on each pattern, the basic steps/techniques of the pattern are shown by some smaller photographs at the top of each page, with the applications shown underneath in larger photographs. Each chapter covers each step of all the Taeguek patterns and involves mostly small combinations of techniques and how they combine to show the complete self defence applications.
The only (minor) bad points are some of the pictures are darker and/or smaller than I would of liked and require closer scruntany, though with that said, the majority are easy to see at first glance of the page 9wel, they were for me).
Though I've only had this book less than a day, being a Ch'ang Hon student obviously these patterns arnt the ones I practice, but I found myself actively searching out (and finding) techniques & combinations that are similar to what I perform in my own patterns to give me a different perspective on combinations that I know already, of which they there are many. With this in mind I would obviously, without doubt recommending this book to all KKW/WTF students and instructors (perhaps even some of those running the KKW ), all ITF/Ch'ang Hon based students, many students of Karate and anyone else who likes reading about martial art histories or lack pragmatic applications within their own forms or katas, as you will undoubily find common ground.
In fact, I would go so far as to say Simon should be acknowledge as starting what is likely to be a revolution in the KKW/WTF world, something I hope he is remembered for; in recognition of his fore sight, efforts and achievement in releasing this book.
This book is 244 pages, a decent size of 18.9x24.6cm, perfect bound paperback with colour cover, black & white interior and has over 500 photos and lots of text. It will eventually be sold via Amazon, but at the moment it can be found/ordered on http://www.combat-tkd.com as well as http://www.lulu.com/content/2390574
Practical Taekwondo: Back To The Roots
Well I was stunned to find that my book is now listed on Amazon for pre-orders! Major freakout moment Details are below.
"'A true 21st century martial artist. His research into keeping them relevant to the modern world should serve as an inspiration to all' - Iain Abernethy 5th Dan
Packed with over 500 photos and clear, step-by-step instructions, "Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots" offers a wealth of interpretations of ITF and WTF Taekwondo patterns. Using the techniques that the author has discovered and tested, it shows readers how they can find their own applications. ITF and WTF practitioners alike will find this book to be invaluable. No matter what level you are in your study of Taekwondo, this book will help you look at patterns in a completely different way. Whether you are a white belt or a black belt, this book is packed with information that will make your training practical and relevant to the social challenges of the twenty-first century.
Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots: Matthew Sylvester: Amazon.co.uk: Books
If you're interested in reading interviews with Choi Jung Hwa and Tony Vohra, I've added them to www.matthewsylvester.com.
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