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Traditions, Philosophy, Technique by

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Hardcover, Published in Apr 2015 by Floating World Editions

ISBN10: 1891640739 | ISBN13: 9781891640735

Page count: 840

The most comprehensive text ever written on the world's most widely practiced martial art--Taekwondo. Expertly integrates traditional and modern approaches, sport and self-defense, in a single definitive text. ----- This ground-breaking text is the first to offer Taekwondo in its totality, documenting the traditions, philosophy, and techniques of the world's most widely practiced martial art. In more than 8,600 photographs spanning 840 pages, renowned Taekwondo masters and elite competitors demonstrate over 700 core Taekwondo techniques, including stances, footwork, hand strikes, elbow strikes, standing kicks, jump kicks, ground kicks, avoiding and blocking skills, step and self-defense sparring, Olympic-Style sparring, breaking techniques, and solo forms and patterns. Techniques are named in both English and Korean throughout. Detailed introductory chapters provide an authoritative overview of Taekwondo's history, philosophy, current structure, and contemporary issues, and thoroughly review breathing and meditation, warmups and flexibility exercises, and vital targets. To address the highly specialized and constantly evolving needs of sport competitors, in-depth chapters on Olympic-Style sparring cover basic concepts, current trends, core techniques, tactics and strategies, terminology, and more than 90 core attacking and counterattacking techniques used by world-class competitors. For forms enthusiasts, 250-plus pages provide a comprehensive overview of 49 forms and patterns embraced by major federations, such as the WTF and ITF. Inclusive of virtually all Taekwondo styles, this unprecedented work integrates traditional and modern approaches, sport and self-defense, in a single text. Written and designed by the author of the 1,136-page "Hapkido"--widely acclaimed the most comprehensive book ever written on a single martial art--this indispensable work is the definitive text on Taekwondo, and a classic of martial arts literature. View sample pages, read book reviews, or get more information at marctedeschi.com ----- Frequently used with: "Taekwondo: Reference Material" (ISBN 978-1891640742), a 62-page supplement to the 840 page second edition of "Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique." This companion booklet presents a wealth of information on Korean language, terminology, the latest Olympic-Style competition rules, referee signals, and technique nomenclature used by major Taekwondo styles. ----- MARC TEDESCHI is an internationally respected designer, photographer, educator, and martial arts master. He has studied Eastern philosophy, healing arts, and combatives for more than 40 years, training extensively in Hapkido, Taekwondo, Jujutsu, Judo, and Karate. A prolific writer, Mr. Tedeschi's landmark publications rank with the finest ever produced on the healing and martial arts. He is the author of over a dozen works, including the 1136-page "Hapkido," the 896-page "Taekwondo," "Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts," and a unique series of general martial arts books that provide an in-depth look at the core concepts and techniques shared by a broad range of martial arts."

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