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Books on Tae Kwon Do and Korean History
Taekwon-Do And I - Vols. 1 & 2
Plus Moral Guide Book
Written by the founder of TKD General Choi Hong-Hi in 2000. Volume 1 is the first part of this two volume life story of one of the greatest martial artists of all time. 601 pages filled with a facinating story of a man his country his history and his legacy. General Choi was controversial but yet compassionate but amongst all his character traits was his love and desire for Tae Kwon Do to become known world wide so that its benefits could be shared by us all.

Volume 2 - In this book General Choi Hong-Hi talks more about his development of TKD throughout the world and his goals for the art. He also talks about his love for Korea and how it should be United like TKD there is only one TKD he explains and the eveolution of WTF and ITF should somew day unite to propogate the benefits of TKD to its members. He was undoubtedly a special person and after rerading this book you too will understand what a fascinating individual he was. This book is a must read by all TKD practioners world wide.

Moral Guide Book is a book created by General Choi Hong Hi the founder of TKD. It is his collection of famous sayings by the greatest Oriental minds of Philosophy ever names like Lao Zhu, Sun Tzu, Confusious and many others of Chinese Japanese and Korean decent. Quotes like: Power must never be lent. Real happiness comes out of a hard life People in general do not see the other side of the coin, and many many more.

These books can be purchased as solo copies or as a set of 2/3
Muye Dobo Tongji: Complete Illustrated Manual of Martial Arts
In 1789, King Chongjo, ruler of the Yi dynasty, ordered General Yi Duk-moo to compile an official textbook on all martial art forms present in Korea. The result, the Muye Dobo Tongji, is the only surviving classical text on the Korean arts of war. Based on the earliest known Korean martial arts treatise, the Muye Chebo(1599), the Muye Dobo Tongji clearly shows the influence of neighboring Japanese and Chinese armies. Through hundreds of wars and invasions, Korean soldiers adapted battlefield skills and tactics from their enemies, creating a unique system. Organized into 24 disciplines comprised of empty hand fighting, weaponry and horsemanship, this is an accurate historical snapshot of the warrior arts of the late 18th century. This marks the first time this volume is available in English. Carefully translated from the original text and illustrated with reproductions of ancient woodblock carvings, this book provides fascinating insights into Korea's martial arts legacy.
A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do
Obscure documents, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers tell the tale of the origin of the most popular martial art. In 1938, tae kwon do began at the end of a poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea by Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports. The story follows Choi from the 1938 poker game where he fought for his life, through high-class geisha houses where the art was named, and into the Vietnam War where the martial art evolved into a killing art. The techniques cut across all realms—from the late 1960s when tae kwon do–trained Korean CIA agents kidnapped people in the United States and Europe to the 1970s when Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and other Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do is also a martial art for the 21st century, one of merciless techniques, indomitable men, and justice pumped on steroids. This book is also available in Spanish & German
5,000 Years of Korean Martial Arts: The Heritage of the Hermit Kingdom Warriors
Citing historical references for support, and featuring many rare pictures and some images that are not available from any other published source.  This book attempts to place Korean martial arts in it's proper historical perspective in relationship to Chinese and Japanese martial arts.  Both Chinese and Japanese martial arts have well known and documented histories, so much so that they have completely overshadowed Korean martial art history.  I have attempted to compensate for that overshadowing by focusing on the successes of the Korean martial arts throughout history. Barry Harmon has a BA degree in "Psychosomatics and Alternative Healing Studies" from San Francisco State University.  He has an acupuncture degree from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  He is certified nationally through the NCCAOM and license to practice acupuncture in Texas.  In addition to his academics, he has been training and studying martial arts since 1965 and Kuk Sool Won since 1971.  In 2002 KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) featured Master Harmon and his family in an hour long documentary which was aired throughout South Korea. Master Harmon currently holds an 9th degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won and has been featured in numerous martial arts magazines.  In 2005 he was chosen by Tae Kwan Do Times magazine as instructor of the year.  He has taught martial arts in many countries around the world including South Korea.
From Creation To Unification
The Complete Histories Behind The Ch'ang Hon (ITF) Patterns

Through the patterns of Ch'ang Hon (ITF) Taekwon-Do, thousands of students around the world have learned more about Korea and its history than by any other resource, due in no uncertain terms to the fact that General Choi Hong Hi chose to name the patterns after famous historical figures or events from Korean history, the patterns that hundreds of thousands of Taekwon-Do students now practice!

However, with the name of each pattern, General Choi only left the smallest snippet of information on those people or events, which for years, has left many students wanting to know more. This book aims to fulfil that 'want' and provides a much deeper insight and background into the lives of the illustrious figures (or events) that so inspired General Choi.

In this book you will learn more that you ever knew about these great figures in Korean history and understand what lead to them being chosen as a name for one of General Choi's patterns, but more importantly, their great contributions to Korea and its history, just as General Choi wanted! In General Choi's own words "A part of Korea therefore now exists across the whole world and Korea's nationality and history can never be removed by oppressors again". Apart from expanding on the histories behind each of the Ch'ang Hon (ITF) patterns, this book corrects some small errors and reveals some interesting titbits and revelations along the way.
Traditional Taekwondo
Core Techniques, History and Philosophy

Taekwondo, literally translated, can be defined as "foot, hand way" or "the way of smashing with hands and feet." Such descriptive nomenclature understandably implies a curriculum rich in self-defense. Too often, however, this is simply not the case. Given the current popularity of sport competition in the martial arts, many techniques of defensive value have been stripped away or forfeited altogether in favor of those certain to score in the ring. While the thirst for Olympic gold has clearly played a significant role in propelling taekwondo into the forefront, it should be remembered that this native Korean martial art contains over 3200 distinct self defense techniques. This book describes in detail, the history and evolution of Taekwondo from its ancient roots to modern day applications. Also included are exercises in "Ki" or internal energy development, meditation practice, and practical self-defense strategies. This work focuses on the traditional aspects of Taekwondo rather than on its sportive component.
Taekwondo: From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport (Routledge Research in Sports History)
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the historical, political, and technical evolution of taekwondo. Many of the supposedly ‘traditional’ and ‘ancient’ Korean cultural elements attached to taekwondo are, in fact, remnants of East Asia’s modernization drive, and largely inherited from the Japanese martial arts. The current historical portrayal has created an obstacle to a clear understanding of the history of taekwondo, and presents problems and contradictions in philosophy and training methodology. Using rich empirical data, including interviews with leading figures in the field, this book brings together martial arts philosophy with an analysis of the technical aspects and the development of taekwondo, and provides a detailed comparison of karate and taekwondo techniques. It debunks nationalistic mythology surrounding taekwondo to provide a reinterpretation of taekwondo’s evolution.
Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)
A personal historic photospective of Taekwon-Do through Grand Master Bok Man Kim's personal photo collection spanning nearly 60 years. Grand Master Kim's training in the martial arts began in 1941. By 1950, he had joined the Korean Army and was transferred to General Choi Hong Hi's division in early 1955 before the new Korean art was named, and advised Gen. Choi on many things related to Taekwon-Do. He drove Gen. Choi to the Naming Committee meetings where members would agree in 1955 to name the martial art "Tae Kwon Do" and recommend the name to then-president Syngman Rhee. Grand Master Kim was a member of the first Taekwon-Do demo team to perform outside of Korea in China and Vietnam in 1959. He helped Gen. Choi develop 15 of the Ch'ang Hon patterns and provided input on as many as four more. GM Kim helped Gen. Choi write the first English book about Taekwondo in 1963; Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self-Defence was published in 1965. GM Kim was a founding member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), and every country where he demonstrated and organized Taekwondo became member nations when it was founded in March 1966. GM Kim also lead the first ITF demonstration team in 1967. In 1978, GM Kim sponsored the 3rd Asian Taekwon-Do Championships in Hong Kong, which was sanctioned and promoted by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Ten years later, Taekwondo would be a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. GM Kim has starred in two feature films in Hong Kong in 1973 and appeared in as many as three earlier films. GM Kim has published three earlier books about martial arts: Practical Taekwon-Do: Defenses Against Weapons (1979); Chun Kuhn Do: The Complete Wellness Art (2002); and Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons (2012), which was selected as a Best Books Award Finalist by U.S. Book News. TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) takes readers through the history of Taekwon-Do as seen through Grand Master Kim's photographs.
Taekwon-Do History
Available via Dr. Kimms web site here:
Tae Kwon Do with my Life
By GM Kim Soo Ryun

Unfortunatly, we have no information on this book, if you do please email us
The Korean Martial Art Of Tae Kwon Do & Early History
The book, THE KOREAN MARTIAL ART OF TAE KWON DO & EARLY HISTORY, is the culmination of Grand Master C.K. Choi’s fifty-seven years of dedicated Tae Kwon Do training,competing and teaching, beginning a year after its creation in 1955 to present day. Its purpose is to tell the true history of Tae Kwon Do and to offer the most practical and effective training techniques. It is a comprehensive manual that contains all of the fighting skills and training procedures necessary for self-defence under any circumstances.

Sold Out but previously available onl via Grandmaster CK Choi's web site here:
Biography of Grandmaster Kim Soo
The Lifetime Journey of Grandmaster Kim Soo: Fulfillment of a Korean American Dream
by Darlene Vaughan Saunders

This is the biography of Grandmaster Kim Soo. His experiences growing up in Korea and moving to the U.S. are recounted along with numerous insightful interviews. Signed copy of the book available upon request.

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