The best book on Taekwon-do in years!

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The Best Book on Taekwondo in Years!

A must for anyone who loves TKD

  • Understand how TKD really works
  • Find the 'REAL' applications and unravel the mystery of the patterns
  • Learn how to use blocks in an effective way against realistic attacks
  • Learn the real use of stances

Old School Perspectives on Taekwon-do is 200 pages of colour and explanations, explications and applications. It is a must for all who are serious about the beautiful art of Taekwon-do

The ITF Patterns, or Chang-Hon tuls as they are correctly known, are a set of beautifully choreographed routines which all Taekwon-do students perform by striving to achieve the ideal of perfection in their performance. However, their contents remain a mystery to most. As such the rich collection of self-defence techniques they contain are overlooked and the art becomes reduced to: block, kick and punch. However, by tracing the history of the patterns back to their original roots on the Island of Okinawa or to the Middle kingdom or ancient China we are able to set aside modern assumptions of Taekwon-do as an art that operates at distance.

By using an historical perspective we can begin to reveal the plethora of close quarter techniques contained within the tuls; thus making Taekwon-do an efficient system that operates at all ranges and contains:

  • Throws and Takedowns;
  • Joint Locks;
  • Pressure Point Striking;
  • Rudimentary Ground Control;
  • Strangulation and Chokes;
  • Escapes and Counters and;
  • Fantastic Kicks.


If you only ever own one book other than the encyclopaedia...It should be this!

With Forewords by Patrick McCarthy 9th Dan and TKD Author Stuart Anslow

Grandmaster Wadley – 9th Dan ITF – “Add it to your collection”
Grandmaster Liversidge – 9th Dan ITC – “10 out of 10”
Grandmaster McCarthy – 9th Dan KU – “seminal work, highly recommended”
Grandmaster Tjin A Tion – 9th Dan ITF – “Recommend this book to ALL ITF students”
Grand Master Mel Steiner – 9TH Dan ITF – “Should be required reading”
Master Crosbie – 7th Dan ITF – “Recommended to my students”
Master Borja – 7th Dan ITF – “A milestone, a must, scholarly”
Master Ogborne - 7th Dan PUMA – “Very pleased for my student Ciaran”
Master McKissock – 7th Dan ITF – “A Great Book, thoroughly enjoying it”
Master McNally – 6th Dan ITC – “A pleasure to read”
Master Martin – 6th Dan ITF, TTKD – “An Important book”
Stuart Anslow – Author and Editor of TTKD mag – “A joy to read”
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