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Taekwondo: The State of the Art

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By Master Sung Chul Whang and Master Jun Chul Whang, with Master Brandon Saltz and forward by Master Dae Sung Lee

The complete instructional guide to the world’s most popular martial art.

Taekwondo: The State of the Art is the first comprehensive book on modern Taekwondo to appear in years. The authors, Masters Sung Chul Whang and Jun Chul Whang, are lifelong practitioners of Taekwondo, have trained all over the world, have achieved recognition as competitive fighters and coaches, and are now part of the new generation of young leaders in the Taekwondo community. Master Dae Sung Lee, ten-time U.S. National Team member and two-time Olympic coach, contributes unique insight he cultivated through years of experience.

In Taekwondo: The State of the Art, they present the most current methods, tactics and strategies for everything from the required taegeuk forms to Olympic-style sparring. Beginners and experienced students can enhance their Taekwondo training and education with the help of sections on:

  • Kicking styles, taught by Olympic coaches and used by national champions and Olympic hopefuls
  • The most common problems students encounter as they try to develop fluid technique, timing, speed and power
  • Steps and footwork, from the most basic to complex sparring maneuvers
  • Poomse technique, with tips and suggestions for excellent performance, and elaboration of difficult moves
  • The three key sparring strategies, which will help students learn how to think in the ring
  • Cross training for the serious competitor
  • The philosophy of Taekwondo, based on the modern evolution of the ancient Hwarang code
  • Illustrated throughout to give a clear idea of techniques and movements
  • A forward and substantial contributions from Master Dae Sung Lee

Taekwondo: The State of the Art is an invaluable learning and teaching resource.

Twin brothers Masters Sung Chul Whang and Jun Chul Whang have studied Taekwondo since they were six years old, and they currently own and operate Manhattan’s West Side Taekwondo, the largest Taekwondo school in New York City. Brandon Saltz is an instructor at West Side Taekwondo and a national poomse champion. Master Dae Sung Lee is a world renowned former Olympic coach.

Taekwondo, State of the Art is available for purchase at West Side Taekwondo. Please ask a member of the staff for a copy. Masters Whang will be happy to personally autograph your copy.

The reviewers on Amazon.com have given Masters Whangs’ book a HUGE (five) thumbs up … here’s a sampling of what they’re saying, across the country and across the globe:

***** (5 Stars) The best of the many Taekwondo books I have read, August 26, 2005 Thomas S. Heydt-benjamin (Hadley, MA)

I read this book shortly after it came out, when I was a white belt. At the time it was the only book about Taekwondo that I had read, and while I enjoyed it very much I had little to compare it to.

I am now preparing to test for 1st gup, and reread this book in preparation. I find that now that I have a solid grounding in all of the techniques discussed in the book I appreciate the clear writing and excellent illustrations more then ever! I am assisting in instruction and curricular development at my new dojang, and I find this book an invaluable reference. I plan to recommend the book to all of my teammates, white belt, colored belt, and black belt equally!

***** (5 Stars) The Best Book on Taeguk Forms 1-8, June 2, 2005 D. Cameron (Manassas, VA)

I did a lot of research and have read a lot of books on Tae Kwon Do, and this is the best book out there for colored belts or soon to be black belts. The descriptions of warm-ups and stances are excellent, but the meat of the book is the forms. The book first describes the form step by step, then they provide points to consider for the form, then they provide illustrations with the step by step narrative, then an illustrated “flow chart” for the form. Where some books only tell you the move and show you a picture of the end of the move, this book describes the move right down to the proper chamber and stance.

This is a must have for anyone who is learning the Taeguk forms or is in need of a refresher for Black Belt testing or teaching.

***** (5 Stars) A must for any tae kwon do practitioner!, April 9, 2004 Kinga (Langley, B. C., Canada)

This book is perfect for anyone just starting tae kwon do, as well as anyone who has been practicing it for a while, and just needs to refresh their memory. The drawings are very detailed and the explanations are are very thorough. All the kicks, blocks, stances and hand movements are described perfectly, with illustrations more comprehensive than ordinary photos.

Also it is a great guideline for forms! I have been practicing tae kwon do for just a little over 3 months, and this book is my companion whenever i practice on my own at home. It has really helped me get ahead in my poomse techniques.

I have purchased some other books on tae kwon do, but this is by far the best, and i would highly recommend it! If you practice tae kwon do, this book is a must!

***** (5 Stars) An Excellent Introduction, October 15, 2000 Moshe Reuveni “gawad”
(Melbourne, Australia)

I am not the typical reader of the book: I was never a Takwondoist, nor will I ever be one. My main reason for buying the book was to gain a better understanding of the world of a friend, who is heavily involved in the sport.

I was quite surprised to find that the book proved to be an extremely interesting reading. Of most interest to me were the philosophical ideas explaining how the implementation of martial arts helps in improving oneself. Comparison with “Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai” is inevitable, as both discuss similar ideas, yet the Taekwondo book has a pacifist approach, while the book of the Samurai is quite the opposite. I was surprised to find that even the descriptions of physical moves, which make the bulk of the book, were interesting, despite the fact I have no interest in implementing them. This is mainly due to their deep discussion on the inner workings of the mechanisms involved, which help everyone who moves his body from time to time gain a better understanding of it.

To sum up, I would say that as my case proves, the book provides a perfect introduction to the world of Taekwondo. It does so by providing deep insight into everything it discusses.

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