The Secrets of Tae Kwon Do (英語) ペーパーバック – 1998/11/1
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Each year, thousands of people begin Tae Kwon Do training. In The Secrets of Tae Kwon Do, black belt instructor Jennifer Lawler presents beginning- to intermediate-level enthusiasts with everything they need to pursue the study of this martial art. Principles, techniques, and drills are illustrated with more than 600 informative photos. Whether you are learning on your own or through classes, this book is the essential resource for the serious student who intends to advanced in Tae Kwon Do. Jennifer Lawler holds a PhD and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do in Lawrence, KS, under Master Donald Booth. She is the author of the acclaimed Martial Arts Encyclopedia.
What I found lacking are detailed explanations of why the techniques are the way they are. I did not like how the "secrets" are all put into one section at the end of each chapter and are quite general--not really secrets at all, but common sense. It would be better instead to include specific hints, explanations, and insights after presenting each technique. The amount of detail presented for each technique is no match for an instructor's attention. Sometimes the photo captions offer a little more detail, but other times the photos are confusing.
This book is a great confidence-builder for the beginning student and is well-illustrated with useful photographs that clearly demonstrate techniques. At the same time, it is NOT just an album like so many martial arts books. Dr. Lawler has done a good job with this, and if you can only get one TKD book, this would be my suggestion.