My love for Martial Arts and my love for reading books has over the years made me amass a rather sizeable "library" on martial arts and martial arts related books. After being asked the question "What non Taekwondo book has enhanced your TKD the most?" recently I had to think through what books I have read and which had done the most for "My Taekwondo". The answer to the question of which book had enhanced my TKD the most (non TKD book) is probably Iain Abernethy`s Bunkai Jutsu as that book was the one who really started me out systematicly looking at the forms I practise and how everything fits together (or should fit together anyway). I have always been interested in the practical application of Taekwondo, but before reading the Bunkai Jutsu book I really did not see how Poomsae had combative meaning beyond being basic techniques strung together. Bunkai Jutsu by Iain Abernethy will therefore be in this series but not right now:-)
The first book I would like to put in the spotlight is the "Kukkiwon Textbook". The reason why this is the first book I reccomend is that I practise Kukki Taekwondo and eventhough I try to write about Things applying to all styles of Taekwondo the blog can be seen as a Kukki Taekwondo blog.
There are so many people out there practising Kukki Taekwondo who do not own this book being taught be instructors who has never looked inside this book but still assures them that what they are teaching and practising is Kukki Taekwondo when in fact it is far away from the standard that is documented in the book. I think that even if you practise the Taegeuk and Black belt forms set there is more to Kukki Taekwondo than its forms so you should teach and practise the full system.
There are simply to many instructors and students saying stuff like we do not use or have knee or
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grappling in Poomsae!
The Kyoreugi section lacks instructions and is mainly illustrated with only short texts explaining what is happening. Many people would benifit by reading this section and look for the lessons they teach on how to apply the system. It is presented in the basic format of formal sparring but the lessons you learn here can easily be adapted to combat. Also of interest is the inclusion of grappling techniques, throws, viscous takedowns, as well as the inclusion for techniques against sword, club, long stick, bayonet/rifle and knife.
Most misconceptions about Kukki Taekwondo not being a martial art would be easily cleared up and dismissed as being wrong if people actually were to read the textbook of the art they are claiming to teach and or practise/ study. If you are an instructor and or a serious student/ practisioner of Kukki Taekwondo there is no way around the fact that you need this book in your library. If not right now put it on the "to buy list". Or if you are running a TKD School you could get one or two copies for the use of the students or at least the instructor group of your dojang.
The Kukkiwon Textbook is truly a treasure and it is needed for the serious study of Kukki Taekwondo BUT if you do not practise Kukki Taekwondo or do not really care the book will have little value to you.
So where do you buy the book? You can travel to Korea as I did:p or you can click here and buy it on Amazon.com. The price is a little stiff maybe but at the same time it is a real "brick" of a book packed with illustrations and text on a wide variety of subjects explaining the whole system of Kukki Taekwondo. I have bought books that are a lot thinner for roughly the same price.
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