Cover image for Taekwondo
Stepan, Charles.
Personal Author:
First Lyons Press edition.
Publication Information:
Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
"The essential guide to mastering the art"--Cover.

"First published by New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd., 2001"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
Subject Term:
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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GV1114.9 .S74 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV1114.9 .S74 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Tae Kwon Do, the way of kicking and punching, is one of the most popular martial arts, especially in North America. A superb way to keep fit, it also emphasizes mind-body unity and helps students attain confidence and a sense of physical and mental well-being.This comprehensive, full-color, heavily illustrated book explains the terminology, etiquette, and the longterm benefits of this ancient practice. Basic and advanced techniques are depicted in specially commissioned, high-quality step-by-step sequences. Close-up details and illustrations focus on key elements of technique.With its superbly clear, full-color instructional photographs and precise text, this is an invaluable and inspiring book for any newcomer to the world of Tae Kwon Do.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Trace taekwondo's history and glimpse into the world of this exciting martial art by opening the dojang doorp. 8
2 Starting out: A look at basic elements, including choosing the right teacher, your attire, general rules and dojang etiquettep. 14
3 Learning the basics: An introduction to your first class and key elements such as tying the belt, making a fist and using vocal energyp. 22
4 Taekwondo's tools: Learn the basic stances that form the foundation of this martial art and prevent common stance errorsp. 30
5 Advancing in skills: Find out about the basic building blocks: form training, stepping, key hand techniques and blocking manoeuvresp. 38
6 Kicks and breaks: Mastering the art of effective kicking and breaking, vital elements on the challenging training pathp. 60
7 Sport and self-defence: Find out more about taekwondo in the competitive arena and learn how to apply potent self-defence techniquesp. 78
Glossaryp. 92
Useful Contactsp. 94
Indexp. 96