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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tae Kwon Do (The Complete Idiot's Guide)
by: Karen Eden
Thirty million people worldwide are performing tae kwon do-the Korean equivalent of karate-and thousands of centers have sprung up in America. Kids, adults, and even seniors are joining in the explosive fun. With easy-to-understand text and 75 clear line drawings and photographs scattered throughout, this layperson's book explains in simple terms the concepts of tae kwon do-how to limber up for practices, how to defend oneself, how to practice on one's own or with a partner, where to find classes, how to rate teachers, and much more.
This book, like all of the others in "The Complete Idiot's Guide To..." does exactly what it is supposed to, and that is to provide the average uninformed individual a wide ranging yet basic knowledge of that particular subject which the book is about. In this case, that would be the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon Do.
Now it should be noted that this is not a book in which you can learn techniques, history, philosophy, or anything else for that matter to actually learn Tae Kwon Do. What this book does do is provide you with a very brief and basic overview of this martial art and supply you with some much needed basic information in which you can use to further your search for an actual certified and competent Tae Kwon Do instructor.
This book was a fairly entertaining book covering a little of everthing in Tae Kwon Do. The book went into quite a bit of detail about rites and rituals that sometimes are not made clear in the Do Jang. I would recommend this book for a beginner.
So I would disregard the reviews of the experienced Tae Kwon Do readers, this book is not intended for them. It is for those new to the sport, thus the term IDIOT Guide. It doesn't really mean for dumb people. LOL. So it is for people like me looking to learn more about the sport
This book is helpful for beginners in Tae Kwon Do, It gives you a brief base on Tae Kwon Do in a way. It is not a book I recommend for Advance Tae Kwon Do Practitioners, people who have been doing TKD for a long time will find this book useless, I almost found this book offensive in a way that it portrayed TKD, and the fact that this books seems to base its validity on the accomplishments of Keith Yates who is a "10th Degree" black belt, regardless of the fact that no respectable TKD organization has a higher degree than 9th (and has very few ninth degrees at that). In my Honest opinion its just another person trying to profit off of the American Mcdojang.
I was a little disappointed in this book. I have been practicing Taekwondo for the past 3 weeks. I was hoping to get some information on forms and some more technical aspects, in order to advance in the class. Instead this book sounded like it was for someone who never took a class before in their life, and was not sure if they wanted to start. Although I am no expert, the book seemed to focus on just explaining how wonderful Taekwondo is, and some other basic information. Also, I found it focused too much on Taekwondo as a sport instead of an artform. As the title suggests, it really did seem a like the perfect guide for an idiot.
Tae Kwon Do, 3rd Edition
- Publisher: Facts on File
- Number Of Pages: 240
- Publication Date: 2009-05-30
- ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0816073996
- ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780816073993
The only book of its kind sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation and written by world-renowned Tae Kwon Do masters, "Tae Kwon Do, Third Edition" is the most comprehensive one-stop guide to the world's most popular martial art. More than 750 all-new, full-color photographs illustrate detailed instructions on the practices and techniques of this ancient Korean fighting system. Key features include a concise history of Tae Kwon Do; important tips and strategies for sparring; two glossaries - English to Korean and Korean to English; official rules of competition; and weight and belt divisions. Essential reading for every Tae Kwon Do practitioner, "Tae Kwon Do, Third Edition" guides readers not only through their training in this revered martial art, but also in understanding and living by its moral and spiritual philosophy.