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5.0 out of 5 stars
A fantastic manual for Taekwondo applications!, 14 Aug. 2006
Anyone with an interest in martial arts, or more specifically ITF TaeKwon-Do, would benefit from this excellent book. Hundreds of photos detail useful and effective methods of immobilising an opponent. Based on the ITF patterns, the techniques may be found in other striking arts but are often overlooked when learning patterns for more obvious techniques. The book shows how TaeKwon-Do is not limitied to strikes/blocks and shows where sweeps, locks, throws and takedowns are present within the patterns. Not for the faint-hearted, this book shows realistic and devastating techniques with the emphahsis on stopping an attacker quickly and furiously! There are no flowery moves which are in reality useless. There is also a great deal of information about the history of martial arts and the development of ITF patterns as well as expalantions of the science and thinking behind the techniques. The author Mr. Stuart Anslow IV has also included information about the academy at which he teaches located in Harrow, north west London. The book refers also to the school's website [...] which contains a wealth of information. If you practice TeaKwon-Do then what are you waiting for, this will be the most important book in your martial arts collection.