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Category: Korean & Terminology
Books on Korean, Terminology & Etiquette
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A Martial Artist's Guide to Korean Terms, Translation, and Han-gul
Taekwondo: a Korean Language and Terminology Reference
This book contains the ultimate, definitive, authoritative terminology list for Taekwondo
Taekwondo Terminology
This book is ideal for any student of Taekwondo looking to broaden their Korean vocabulary or improve their pronunciation of Korean terms. The first part of the book includes explanations on the pronunciation of Korean words and the construction of basic sentences. There is also an abbreviated history of the Korean language, and a description of the different romanisations used to represent Korean words with Latin letters. The second part of the book gives information on thousands of Korean terms that are used in Taekwondo to describe movements. Terms are presented in Hangeul and Hanja, and represented according to the Revised Romanisation of Korean. There are also directions for how the term is used specifically within martial arts. Though this book has been written for students of Taekwondo, much of it would also be useful for anyone training in Tangsudo, Gongsudo, or Hapkido.
Note: Many of the books featured on this site will contain terminology specific to the contents of the book ie. Poomsae or pattern movements etc. but these book are soley focused on Korean and termiology only
Taekwon-Do: Book of Etiquette and Customs
This book is not listed on Amazon, but you may be able to obtain a copy by emailing the author (Steve A. Blakely) directly through his School web site here:
Small Projections and Grammaticalization in Korean
Techniques Handbook
This is the latest edition (2014) of the ITKD Techniques handbook. Master Paul McPhail with the assistance of Mr Mark Banicevich and members of the ITKD Technical Advisor Group wrote this manual as guideline for gup gradings. It lists all techniques that should be known by the student at each belt level. This edition also includes a bonus audio CD containing Korean pronunciation of all the required terminology, plus a complete dictionary of English to Korean words.

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Techniques Handbook FOR KIDS
Standard Techniques Handbook has been simplified and presented in a new format, making it easy for the children to read and follow. It is designed for children up to the age of about ten. Full of photographs and pictures, this simplfied version of the handbook makes the learning of theory easy and fun for kids. It contains 36 pages.

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From Creation To Unification
The Complete Histories Behind The Ch'ang Hon (ITF) Patterns

Please note that although this isn't a 'Terminology' per se, it is on this page for students and instructors wanting in-depth information on the 'Definitions' behind the ITF / Ch'ang Hon Patterns, as this is the likely place to look.

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.
ITF Alfabetische encyclopedie

Note: This book is in Dutch and only available here:
Official Vocabulary List
of Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts
Contents: Ranks, Etiquette, The Patch, Basic Techniques (Commands, Stances, Strikes, Blocks, Kicks, Sparring), Forms, Weapons, Breathing, General Terms, Deeper Meanings, and Aphorisms

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CODE Taekwon-Do Theory book (ITF)
CODE Taekwon-Do Theory book covers theory and terminolgy from white belt up to black tag 1st kup and is based onITF Taekwon-Do. This manual is the standard for practitioners of Taekwon-Do at CODE Combat Arts affiliated schools.
TaeKwonDo: Unleash your potential
A complete guide to getting started from your first class through to black belt. ITF Tae Kwon Do patterns explained fully step-by-step.