Park Yeon Hee - Park Yeon Hwan - Gerrard Jon - Tae Kwon Do Third Edition

Authors : Park Yeon Hee - Park Yeon Hwan - Gerrard Jon
Title : Tae Kwon Do Third Edition
Year : 2009

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Tae Kwon Do: The Ultimate Reference Guide to the World’s Most Popular Martial Art, Third Edition. Preface. We have often been asked to define what Tae Kwon Do is, to encapsulate in a few words that which for many is a vague and elusive concept. When answering such a question, the first thing we try to impress upon the person is that Tae Kwon Do is not just self-defense training or punching and kicking. The art is far more than simple physical conditioning, mental training and philosophical study. It has to do with the development of the Tae Kwon Do spirit, which carries over into all aspects of a student’s life. And when we refer to students of the art, we include all teachers of the art as well, for we too are always growing and learning through Tae Kwon Do. This concept of the spirit of Tae Kwon Do is where the elusive answer to our question is found, for this is in essence the definition of Tae Kwon Do. In English, the literal translation of Tae Kwon Do is “the art of kicking punching.” Tae means “to kick,” Kwon means “to punch” and Do means “art.” But this is only a superficial translation. Do in Korean implies a philosophical viewpoint or way of approaching life—a means by which enlightenment is achieved. This is the ultimate aim of Tae Kwon Do. Through rigorous physical training students of the art seek to improve themselves, physically, mentally and spiritually. On the pages of this book you will see only the physical techniques explained and demonstrated. Yet this is simply the veneer of our art, the only part of our art that can be captured and demonstrated by words and pictures. That which is truly the essence of Tae Kwon Do cannot be seen, touched, smelled, tasted or heard. It can only be experienced. You may have noticed that we still have not yet answered the question of what Tae Kwon Do is. Our answer is to invite the questioner to experience Tae Kwon Do by studying with us. This third edition of Tae Kwon Do, now in full-color with more than 740 new photographs and with updated appendixes covering rules of competition, referee signals, and weight and belt divisions, offers a unique opportunity to do so. We now extend that same invitation to you. Come, study and experience with us. —Master Yeon Hee Park. Master Yeon Hwan Park. Jon Gerrard ...

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