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;
Pressure Point Striking;
Rudimentary Ground Control;
Strangulation and Chokes;
Escapes and Counters and;
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