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The popularity of Taekwondo is ever increasing This is apparent in the tens of millions of practitioners worldwide and by the inclusion of Taekwondo in the summer Olympic Games With all its popularity it is paramount that the art be handed down in a clear knowledgeable and sustainable way this book does just that Originally published in 1983 this authoritative work has been the guide for thousands of Taekwondo Black Belts as they advanced in their training Whether your training is for self.

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Defense forms competition or for preparation for Olympic Games this newly revised edition provides beginnerintermediate to advance level training to assist you on your journey in Taekwondo The most popular part of this book is the Nine black belt forms which are reuired by the World Taekwondo Federation for promotion in ranking Additional sections include the history philosophy and science of Taekwondo along with an updated schedule of the official competition rules Contents include Histo. The Killing Of Katie Steelstock preparation for Olympic Games this newly revised edition Birthday provides beginnerintermediate to advance level training to assist you on your journey in Taekwondo The most Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything popular Discordia part of this book is the Nine black belt forms which are reuired by the World Taekwondo Federation for Stage Mum promotion in ranking Additional sections include the history A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, philosophy and science of Taekwondo along with an updated schedule of the official competition rules Contents include Histo.

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Ry Philosophy and Meditation Hand and Foot Techniues Sparring Techniues Self defense Techniues Breaking Techniues Nine Black Belt Forms reuired for promotion by the World Taekwondo Federation and used in sanctioned international Taekwondo competitions Eight Taegeuk Forms reuired for promotion of all color belts and 1st dan black belt and used in sanctioned international Taekwondo competitions Rules and regulations of the World Taekwondo Federation including sparring and poomsae competition. The Killing Of Katie Steelstock promotion by the World Taekwondo Federation and used in sanctioned international Taekwondo competitions Eight Taegeuk Forms reuired for Birthday promotion of all color belts and 1st dan black belt and used in sanctioned international Taekwondo competitions Rules and regulations of the World Taekwondo Federation including sparring and Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything poomsae competition.


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  1. says:

    Richard Chun Ki Whang Kim Son Duk Sung Sijak Henry Cho and Jhoon Rhee are often credited with being the first Korean masters to bring Tae Kwon Do to the United States and popularize it in the 1960s In 1976 Grandmaster Chun published Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art a 630 page book of techniues photographs and explanations for students to test up to 1st gup in Tae Kwon Do provided their instructors reuire the Palgwe or Taegeuk patterns In 1983 Grandmaster Chun published a related volume called Advancing in Tae Kwon Do which completes instruction for students to test for their 1st through 9th dan black belts Like Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art re issued in a second edition in 2007 by the YMAA Publication Center Advancing in Tae Kwon Do was also re issued in a second edition by the YMAA Publication Center with only minor changes in 2006 Both books give us an historical perspective of the art of Tae Kwon Do in the 1970s and early 1980s and remain in print today Advancing in Tae Kwon Do shares many of the same noteworthy features as Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art The black and white photographs are neither too large nor too small; too few nor too many except in the instance of the Taegeuk patterns as we will see; too crowded or too sparse; the subjects neither too far nor too close; and they are placed beside relevant copy The writing is clear and well organized Step by step instructions are presented in outline format so readers can easily scan and follow them particularly helpful when learning the advanced black belt patterns Foreword Magazine recognized the exceptional care that was taken in the writing and presentation of the subject matter in Advancing in Tae Kwon Do 2nd Edition by naming it as a finalist for Book of the Year in 2006Like the second edition of Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art the content of the second edition of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do is nearly indistinguishable from the first except for supplemental photographs in the first 36 pages of the book and World Taekwondo Federation competition rules and regulations updated for 2006 Grandmaster Chun was deeply involved in promoting and administering Tae Kwon Do for the World Taekwondo Championships in the 1970s and the Olympic Games in the 1980s and 1990s and enjoys the acuaintance and friendship of many influential masters and grandmasters In Advancing in Tae Kwon Do he appears in photographs with the Mayor of Seoul Korea and with Dr Un Yong Kim President of the World Taekwondo Federation In the second edition he is also photographed with the Presidents of the Chung Do Kwan Ji Do Kwan and Moo Duk Kwan three of the original kwans or schools which predate the name Tae Kwon Do by than a decade A photograph of Grandmaster Ki Whang Kim Mr Chun's Grandmaster early Tae Kwon Do pioneer and Chairman of the US Olympic Taekwondo team also appears in this second edition Grandmaster Chun notes in the preface that nothing of substance has been removed from this second edition of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do just as he did in the preface of the second edition of Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial ArtStudents expecting a book with dozens of self defense sparring blocking kicking and striking techniues like those in Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art however may at first be disappointed To fully understand and appreciate Advancing in Tae Kwon Do students must realize that the book as the title clearly states is for advanced students who will soon test for their first dan black belt and thereafter prepare to test for higher ranks Thus the focus of the book is spirit not techniues “Taekwondois not merely a fighting skill” Grandmaster Chun writes in the Preface “it is a way of life and a way of thinking As you diligently practice the physical techniues you must internalize the philosophical principles of Taekwondo” The first 43 pages of the book discuss the finer characteristics of the art including a masterful description of Tae Kwon Do ie how Tae Kwon Do bridges the soft and hard martial arts styles and emerges as a uniue Korean art; a statement about the “Do” of Tae Kwon Do or “a way of being in the world”; a brief history of the art through 2006; the paradoxical philosophy of Tae Kwon Do as a combat art which desires peace and respects life; a discussion of Um and Yang balance and Ki or vital energy; a short treatise of Newton's Three Laws of Motion as they apply to Tae Kwon Do; and the practice and benefits of meditation Much of the information in the opening pages of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do reflect Grandmaster Chun's long history and experience in the art when Tae Kwon Do was art than sport holistic Although Grandmaster Chun's words are simple within these pages the ideas and concepts are deep and profound; they reuire a depth of understanding beyond the superficial Perceptive advanced students will benefit from these pages if they read and study them with an open but inuisitive mind and then consciously choose to explore the spiritual aspects of the art of Tae Kwon Do deeplyAdvancing in Tae Kwon Do emphasizes spirit over techniues but Grandmaster Chun nevertheless discusses advanced stretching and kicking techniues one step sparring and free sparring self defense and breaking techniues for the next 60 pages through Chapter 8 Readers familiar with Grandmaster Chun's Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art may expect techniues This is not to say that students will not find new or satisfying techniues in Advancing in Tae Kwon Do The techniues represented here are no doubt less varied but sophisticated and challenging than those in Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art Advanced kicks include the axe kick the turning wheel heel kick standing jumping front and round kicks and the jumping turning wheel kick The advanced one step sparring seuences apply multiple responses typically three or consecutive techniues such as double kicks kicking with the same foot twice without putting it down and advanced jump kicks mixed with hand techniues The free sparring combinations consist of at least three and sometimes five or six consecutive techniues The self defense techniues address knife attacks a choke hold and arm lock from behind and being grabbed by both wrists from behind Chapter 8 discusses conditioning accuracy and development for advanced breaking techniues Grandmaster Chun acknowledges that his earlier book Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art contains a much wider variety of techniues by periodically referring students to it to perfect their applicationThe then current rules and regulations of the World Taekwondo Federation the governing body of sport Tae Kwon Do are reprinted in Chapter 9 Since these rules and regulations change periodically it should come as no surprise that in 2013 they are outdated as they appear in the book Students can find the current rules and regulations on the World Taekwondo Federation web site at wwwwtforg a resource not available in 1983 when Advancing in Tae Kwon Do was first publishedThe advanced patterns are clearly the heart of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster Chun confirms this in the Preface “There is great emphasis on forms in thisbook” he writes “As you learn your advanced forms you are learning advanced hand techniues and kicking techniues that occur in combinations and can be used in free fighting” The dan forms – Koryo Keumgang Taebaek Pyongwon Sipjin Jitae Cheonkwon Hansoo and Ilyo – are presented in the first 200 pages of Chapter 10 itself only 300 pages long The exceptionally effective layout of these pages adhere to the standards set by the Palgwe forms in Grandmaster Chun's earlier volume Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial ArtEach advanced pattern is presented with an illustrated overview clear step by step instructions in outline format photographs of Grandmaster Chun performing each techniue and foot placement diagrams The illustrated overview for each form acts like a road map showing each techniue at each step of the pattern across a two page spread which can be referenced at a glance when the book is laid open Each pattern is also explained in clear step by step instructions in outline form which makes them easy to scan as students learn them Each hyung is further demonstrated by Grandmaster Chun himself in photographs performing each movement and techniue of the form Foot diagrams which resemble dance diagrams are printed alongside the instructions and photographs at each step for each hyung These simple diagrams illustrate foot position and transitions along the axis of movement at each step in each form If these foot diagrams were enlarged and assembled for each pattern on the floor of the dojang the student could in all likelihood simply place and move his or her feet where indicatedThe last 100 pages of Chapter 10 describe the Taegeuk patterns Although the Taegeuk patterns are not advanced forms and as such may seem out of place in Advancing in Tae Kwon Do they appear in the book because all eight Taegeuk patterns are reuired along with the appropriate black belt patterns to test for black belt rank for the World Taekwondo FederationUnfortunately the Taegeuk pages are the least descriptive pages in both Advancing in Tae Kwon Do both editions and Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art second edition The pages that describe the Taegeuk forms in each book are identical and likewise appear at the end of each book The Taegeuk forms are not presented with the same diligence or realism as the Palgwe forms in Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art or the black belt forms earlier in Chapter 10 They are presented with instructions and simple black and white illustrations without photographs The instructions while technically accurate defy scanning because they are formatted as short paragraphs not outlined The illustrations also reasonably accurate are suitable for gross visual reference only lacking fine details One can argue that without photographs the Taegeuk pages lack realism and adeuate technical reference for students to learn them correctlyGrandmaster Chun's Advancing in Tae Kwon Do is a classic volume for the advanced student preparing to test for his or her black belt at a dojang affiliated with the World Tae Kwon Do Federation In Advancing in Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster Chun encourages readers to seek than superficial understanding of the art of Tae Kwon Do and to discover their individual “way of being in the world” as they diligently study and practice advanced techniues and the nine advanced forms reuired to earn dan rankings Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art Grandmaster Chun's introduction to the art for beginning and intermediate students and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster Chun's textbook for advanced students feature clear concise writing step by step outlined instructions which can be easily scanned to learn the techniues and hyungs and carefully planned photography characteristics for which Advancing in Tae Kwon Do 2nd Edition was selected as a finalist for Book of the Year by Foreword Magazine in 2006 Together these books form an effective core curriculum to train students from beginner white belt up to 9th degree grandmaster the highest rank available from the World Taekwondo Federation The only weakness in either book are the pages which describe the Taegeuk forms but there are other worthy resources available if students reuire further instruction in the Taegeuk patterns Now commonplace the axe kick was first introduced to the West in 1973 at the first World Taekwondo Championship The axe kick had been developed in Korea and was kept a secret from the Western teams including Grandmaster Chun who was the head coach for the American team at the time until the night before competition began according to Grandmaster Chun in his autobiography Tae Kwon Do Spirit Practice YMAA Publication Center 2002The black belt and Taegeuk forms have evolved since Grandmaster Chun first published Advancing in Tae Kwon Do in 1983 particularly for sport competition The forms as prescribed in Grandmaster Chun's Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do are than adeuate for testing purposes However as the World Taekwondo Federation has made efforts to standardize the Taegeuk and black belt patterns for poomsae competition possibly for inclusion in the Olympics the techniues stances and execution of the forms have evolved At the 2010 USAT National Championships attendees of the national referee seminar were reuired to purchase The Explanation of Official Taekwondo Poomsae Sang A 2007 because it contained the new guidelines for judging poomsae competition for USAT sanctioned tournaments The USAT which adheres to World Taekwondo Federation regulations is administered by the United States Olympic Committee For competition purposes instructors should follow this guide when teaching the Taegeuk and black belt patternsMike Swope 2nd Dan is an instructor at Black Eagle Martial Arts in Derby Kansas USA After a 15 year hiatus from Tae Kwon Do he began studying the classic and early books to research the history of the art and develop a self defense curriculum Mr Swope lives in Mulvane Kansas


  2. says:

    Richard Chun Ki Whang Kim Son Duk Sung Sijak Henry Cho and Jhoon Rhee are often credited with being the first Korean masters to bring Tae Kwon Do to the United States and popularize it in the 1960s In 1976 Grandmaster Chun published Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art a 630 page book of techniues photographs and explanations for students to test up to 1st gup in Tae Kwon Do provided their instructors reuire the Palgwe or Taegeuk patterns In 1983 Grandmaster Chun published a related volume called Advancing in Tae Kwon Do which completes instruction for students to test for their 1st through 9th dan black belts Like Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art re issued in a second edition in 2007 by the YMAA Publication Center Advancing in Tae Kwon Do was also re issued in a second edition by the YMAA Publication Center with only minor changes in 2006 Both books give us an historical perspective of the art of Tae Kwon Do in the 1970s and early 1980s and remain in print today Advancing in Tae Kwon Do shares many of the same noteworthy features as Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art The black and white photographs are neither too large nor too small; too few nor too many except in the instance of the Taegeuk patterns as we will see; too crowded or too sparse; the subjects neither too far nor too close; and they are placed beside relevant copy The writing is clear and well organized Step by step instructions are presented in outline format so readers can easily scan and follow them particularly helpful when learning the advanced black belt patterns Foreword Magazine recognized the exceptional care that was taken in the writing and presentation of the subject matter in Advancing in Tae Kwon Do 2nd Edition by naming it as a finalist for Book of the Year in 2006Like the second edition of Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art the content of the second edition of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do is nearly indistinguishable from the first except for supplemental photographs in the first 36 pages of the book and World Taekwondo Federation competition rules and regulations updated for 2006 Grandmaster Chun was deeply involved in promoting and administering Tae Kwon Do for the World Taekwondo Championships in the 1970s and the Olympic Games in the 1980s and 1990s and enjoys the acuaintance and friendship of many influential masters and grandmasters In Advancing in Tae Kwon Do he appears in photographs with the Mayor of Seoul Korea and with Dr Un Yong Kim President of the World Taekwondo Federation In the second edition he is also photographed with the Presidents of the Chung Do Kwan Ji Do Kwan and Moo Duk Kwan three of the original kwans or schools which predate the name Tae Kwon Do by than a decade A photograph of Grandmaster Ki Whang Kim Mr Chun's Grandmaster early Tae Kwon Do pioneer and Chairman of the US Olympic Taekwondo team also appears in this second edition Grandmaster Chun notes in the preface that nothing of substance has been removed from this second edition of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do just as he did in the preface of the second edition of Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial ArtStudents expecting a book with dozens of self defense sparring blocking kicking and striking techniues like those in Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art however may at first be disappointed To fully understand and appreciate Advancing in Tae Kwon Do students must realize that the book as the title clearly states is for advanced students who will soon test for their first dan black belt and thereafter prepare to test for higher ranks Thus the focus of the book is spirit not techniues “Taekwondois not merely a fighting skill” Grandmaster Chun writes in the Preface “it is a way of life and a way of thinking As you diligently practice the physical techniues you must internalize the philosophical principles of Taekwondo” The first 43 pages of the book discuss the finer characteristics of the art including a masterful description of Tae Kwon Do ie how Tae Kwon Do bridges the soft and hard martial arts styles and emerges as a uniue Korean art; a statement about the “Do” of Tae Kwon Do or “a way of being in the world”; a brief history of the art through 2006; the paradoxical philosophy of Tae Kwon Do as a combat art which desires peace and respects life; a discussion of Um and Yang balance and Ki or vital energy; a short treatise of Newton's Three Laws of Motion as they apply to Tae Kwon Do; and the practice and benefits of meditation Much of the information in the opening pages of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do reflect Grandmaster Chun's long history and experience in the art when Tae Kwon Do was art than sport holistic Although Grandmaster Chun's words are simple within these pages the ideas and concepts are deep and profound; they reuire a depth of understanding beyond the superficial Perceptive advanced students will benefit from these pages if they read and study them with an open but inuisitive mind and then consciously choose to explore the spiritual aspects of the art of Tae Kwon Do deeplyAdvancing in Tae Kwon Do emphasizes spirit over techniues but Grandmaster Chun nevertheless discusses advanced stretching and kicking techniues one step sparring and free sparring self defense and breaking techniues for the next 60 pages through Chapter 8 Readers familiar with Grandmaster Chun's Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art may expect techniues This is not to say that students will not find new or satisfying techniues in Advancing in Tae Kwon Do The techniues represented here are no doubt less varied but sophisticated and challenging than those in Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art Advanced kicks include the axe kick the turning wheel heel kick standing jumping front and round kicks and the jumping turning wheel kick The advanced one step sparring seuences apply multiple responses typically three or consecutive techniues such as double kicks kicking with the same foot twice without putting it down and advanced jump kicks mixed with hand techniues The free sparring combinations consist of at least three and sometimes five or six consecutive techniues The self defense techniues address knife attacks a choke hold and arm lock from behind and being grabbed by both wrists from behind Chapter 8 discusses conditioning accuracy and development for advanced breaking techniues Grandmaster Chun acknowledges that his earlier book Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art contains a much wider variety of techniues by periodically referring students to it to perfect their applicationThe then current rules and regulations of the World Taekwondo Federation the governing body of sport Tae Kwon Do are reprinted in Chapter 9 Since these rules and regulations change periodically it should come as no surprise that in 2013 they are outdated as they appear in the book Students can find the current rules and regulations on the World Taekwondo Federation web site at wwwwtforg a resource not available in 1983 when Advancing in Tae Kwon Do was first publishedThe advanced patterns are clearly the heart of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster Chun confirms this in the Preface “There is great emphasis on forms in thisbook” he writes “As you learn your advanced forms you are learning advanced hand techniues and kicking techniues that occur in combinations and can be used in free fighting” The dan forms – Koryo Keumgang Taebaek Pyongwon Sipjin Jitae Cheonkwon Hansoo and Ilyo – are presented in the first 200 pages of Chapter 10 itself only 300 pages long The exceptionally effective layout of these pages adhere to the standards set by the Palgwe forms in Grandmaster Chun's earlier volume Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial ArtEach advanced pattern is presented with an illustrated overview clear step by step instructions in outline format photographs of Grandmaster Chun performing each techniue and foot placement diagrams The illustrated overview for each form acts like a road map showing each techniue at each step of the pattern across a two page spread which can be referenced at a glance when the book is laid open Each pattern is also explained in clear step by step instructions in outline form which makes them easy to scan as students learn them Each hyung is further demonstrated by Grandmaster Chun himself in photographs performing each movement and techniue of the form Foot diagrams which resemble dance diagrams are printed alongside the instructions and photographs at each step for each hyung These simple diagrams illustrate foot position and transitions along the axis of movement at each step in each form If these foot diagrams were enlarged and assembled for each pattern on the floor of the dojang the student could in all likelihood simply place and move his or her feet where indicatedThe last 100 pages of Chapter 10 describe the Taegeuk patterns Although the Taegeuk patterns are not advanced forms and as such may seem out of place in Advancing in Tae Kwon Do they appear in the book because all eight Taegeuk patterns are reuired along with the appropriate black belt patterns to test for black belt rank for the World Taekwondo FederationUnfortunately the Taegeuk pages are the least descriptive pages in both Advancing in Tae Kwon Do both editions and Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art second edition The pages that describe the Taegeuk forms in each book are identical and likewise appear at the end of each book The Taegeuk forms are not presented with the same diligence or realism as the Palgwe forms in Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art or the black belt forms earlier in Chapter 10 They are presented with instructions and simple black and white illustrations without photographs The instructions while technically accurate defy scanning because they are formatted as short paragraphs not outlined The illustrations also reasonably accurate are suitable for gross visual reference only lacking fine details One can argue that without photographs the Taegeuk pages lack realism and adeuate technical reference for students to learn them correctlyGrandmaster Chun's Advancing in Tae Kwon Do is a classic volume for the advanced student preparing to test for his or her black belt at a dojang affiliated with the World Tae Kwon Do Federation In Advancing in Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster Chun encourages readers to seek than superficial understanding of the art of Tae Kwon Do and to discover their individual “way of being in the world” as they diligently study and practice advanced techniues and the nine advanced forms reuired to earn dan rankings Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art Grandmaster Chun's introduction to the art for beginning and intermediate students and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster Chun's textbook for advanced students feature clear concise writing step by step outlined instructions which can be easily scanned to learn the techniues and hyungs and carefully planned photography characteristics for which Advancing in Tae Kwon Do 2nd Edition was selected as a finalist for Book of the Year by Foreword Magazine in 2006 Together these books form an effective core curriculum to train students from beginner white belt up to 9th degree grandmaster the highest rank available from the World Taekwondo Federation The only weakness in either book are the pages which describe the Taegeuk forms but there are other worthy resources available if students reuire further instruction in the Taegeuk patterns Now commonplace the axe kick was first introduced to the West in 1973 at the first World Taekwondo Championship The axe kick had been developed in Korea and was kept a secret from the Western teams including Grandmaster Chun who was the head coach for the American team at the time until the night before competition began according to Grandmaster Chun in his autobiography Tae Kwon Do Spirit Practice YMAA Publication Center 2002The black belt and Taegeuk forms have evolved since Grandmaster Chun first published Advancing in Tae Kwon Do in 1983 particularly for sport competition The forms as prescribed in Grandmaster Chun's Tae Kwon Do The Korean Martial Art and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do are than adeuate for testing purposes However as the World Taekwondo Federation has made efforts to standardize the Taegeuk and black belt patterns for poomsae competition possibly for inclusion in the Olympics the techniues stances and execution of the forms have evolved At the 2010 USAT National Championships attendees of the national referee seminar were reuired to purchase The Explanation of Official Taekwondo Poomsae Sang A 2007 because it contained the new guidelines for judging poomsae competition for USAT sanctioned tournaments The USAT which adheres to World Taekwondo Federation regulations is administered by the United States Olympic Committee For competition purposes instructors should follow this guide when teaching the Taegeuk and black belt patternsMike Swope 2nd Dan is an instructor at Black Eagle Martial Arts in Derby Kansas USA After a 15 year hiatus from Tae Kwon Do he began studying the classic and early books to research the history of the art and develop a self defense curriculum Mr Swope lives in Mulvane Kansas


  3. says:

    Richard Chun writes wonderful books on taekwondo


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