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Explanation Official Taekwondo Poomsae
Explanation Official Taekwondo Poomsae
by Ikpil Kang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Kukkiwon / WTF patterns, 14 Aug. 2013
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I have to agree with the other reviews for this textbook covering ALL the patterns in the Kukkiwon syllabus and therefore recognised by the WTF in poomsae competition.

The textbook therefore covers all the Kup grade Taeguek patterns and all the Dan grade poomsae. Each pattern is covered with a general visual overview of the pattern diagram and all the movements / stances etc then by each move with stances described. The interpretations of each pattern are also covered and were still correct as per the entries on the Kukkiwon website when I wrote this review (August 2013). Each movement is described as well in both the English and Korean language so this is really helpful for gradings.

The models chosen to demonstrate the patterns are both world champions and the techniques / picture quality are superb, with colourful annotations with training tips / body positioning and explanations of applications of movements.

My only concern was with the dual use of English and Korean for every sentence which makes this otherwise wonderful book feel rather cluttered on each page. The oversight of seeking professional English language proof-reading is also evident on rare occasion. That aside, this is a worthy addition to any TKD student's collection of TKD textbooks.

Nº 5 "Your Songs On Spanish Guitar" (Homenaje Flamenco A "Camarón De La Isla")
Nº 5 "Your Songs On Spanish Guitar" (Homenaje Flamenco A "Camarón De La Isla")
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good playing but is it really necessary?, 26 July 2013
I found Guitarra Flamenca (Homage to Camaron and Paco De Lucia) to be an odd production. I cannot fault the guitar playing - everything is in compas i.e the identifiable rhythm for each flamenco style and, especially the buleria, played with "sonequete" i.e. with the correct groove and attitude BUT why is this necessary I just couldn't help feeling.

If anyone wanted to buy this CD or the specific tracks, even as a newbie, isn't it cheaper and easier just to buy the original songs as sung and played by Camaron and Paco De Lucia respectively?

4 stars for the guitar-playing and overall production
3 stars as I just thought this CD doesn't add anything to the originals and is rather redundant lol

Flamenco Studies: Falsetas de mi Padre
Flamenco Studies: Falsetas de mi Padre
by Juan Serrano
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £22.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent beginner / low intermediate repertoire of Flamenco palos, 23 April 2013
Overall, I agree with the reviews from Amazon.com for Juan Serrano's homage to his father, the guitarist Antonio del Lunar. It is a fine effort and Juan Serrano imparts his love of his father's style of playing well. The pieces contained in the book "Falsetas de mi Padre" are in the old-style of the early 20th Century with solid falsetas for the vast majority of the fundamental Flamenco palos ("style") - all of the palos were listed by a previous reviewer. Newbies, be aware the only missing fundamental palo was Tangos but this is covered amply by Juan Serrano in his Systematic Studies for Flamenco Guitar textbook (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Systematic-Flamenco-Estudios-Sistematicos-Guitarra/dp/0786666072/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366713374&sr=1-9).

The book itself is well presented with clear musical notation and tabs, complete with fingerings; a biography of Juan Serrano and his father and a short description of each palo i.e. the mood you must convey whilst playing it, basic rhythm or compas etc. The reason I gave this book 4 stars was the omission of a recorded CD to show those who haven't been playing for a long time, how to play with the correct tempo, feeling and in compas - qualites that are essential to play flamenco guitar properly. The music itself is old fashioned so those who have been listening to Paco De Lucia, Tomatito etc will find this rather twee but you need the knowledge of this old way of playing to have a good foundation.
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PhD Nutrition Diet Whey Protein Powder, 2 kg - Strawberry Delight
PhD Nutrition Diet Whey Protein Powder, 2 kg - Strawberry Delight
Price: £31.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good product, 4 April 2013
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Having used supplements / meal replacements from several manufacturers for a long time, I must say that the PhD Diet Whey Protein Powder range have impressed me the most. The taste of all the product range has been superb (well considering you're eating protein powder :P) even compared to a more famous brand, of whom I used to be an idoliser. They actually taste like what they purport to be on the tin and mix well even if you're in a hurry and only shake it, as opposed to using the blender.

I've been much happier buying a 2 kg tub, knowing that it will actually last me more or less a month (2 portions x 5 days a week) rather than the 1.2 kg tub made by another brand, this has worked out to be far more economical. Plus if you calculate the amount of protein you're getting per 50g serving, it is actually proportionally higher than that provided by the other brand Diet range. I've rarely felt hungry after using PhD Diet Whey Protein Powder and I find it a great way to cut down the fat levels!

All in all, a fantastic product made by an up-and-coming professional-level sports product manufacturer. Give it a go :)

Taekwondo Training in Korea [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Taekwondo Training in Korea [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful tips from a true sparring master, 25 May 2008
Chung Kuk-Hyun was until 2004, the sole athlete in the world to hold four successive world championship gold medals, in addition to Olympic gold (Seoul, 1988) in any sport (Guiness Book of Records). So it is obvious the training tips contained in this DVD are top notch.

This re-edition is certainly an improvement over its first incarnation on VHS where no subtitles were included for the Korean dialogue which was a somewhat major oversight. This DVD has benefited from Kim Sang Kwan (Sang H. Kim of Turtle Press) providing first class english subs, meaning all of Master Chung's comments are pertinent and clear.

The drills themselves are presented in a clear manner beginning with basic warm-ups, footwork then moving onto more advanced combinations and pad / partner work. Overall, a very useful teaching resource to combine with Master Chung's more recent "Actual Kyorugi" DVDs and a worthy addition to an instructor's collection.

Fabulous Flamenco
Fabulous Flamenco
Price: £3.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Old School" but a joy to listen to, 17 May 2008
This review is from: Fabulous Flamenco (Audio CD)
Combining many of flamenco maestro Paco Pena's DECCA LPs to form this greatest hits CD, one can hear clearly hear the style of playing so prominent in the 50s-70s. All the styles represented on the CD are a joy to listen to, especially the less commonly heared ones of today such as Rondena, Milonga and Tiento; and the three Buleria are stunning. As an introduction to "proper" flamenco not the poor quality of Costa Del Sol tablao playing or "flamenco-inspired" guitar playing; Paco's Fabulous Flamenco touches all the buttons and does its job superbly. Highly recommended for all newbies.

Freestyle Sparring
Freestyle Sparring
by Jennifer Lawler
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Has its good points but not enough for top-level competitors, 3 Feb. 2008
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Don't get me wrong the basic information is useful for beginning students in either Taekwondo / Karate but is woefully lacking when addressing the fitness levels, conditioning and techniques required for top-level competitors. The Taekwondo section is rather vague as to which style of TKD it is trying to address being a mixture of WTF and ITF competition, and suffers needlessly for this.

For WTF competitors, there are no basic concepts described of open / closed postures nor appropriate counters to specific attacks and for ITF competitors, woefully lacking ideas for the mixing of foot / hand techniques for padwork etc. Overall, the padwork descriptions are lacking in complexity.

The fitness plans are certainly adequate enough for novice competitors / weekend warriors but for elite level athletes and coaches or even national level, this is NOT a definitive textbook for getting ideas for training for international competitions.

I'd also have reservations regarding the kicking techniques described in the manner they are presented in this book. Anyone involved in WTF TKD at present will know how the turning kick has evolved into a faster motion than the old power-breaking version, and how the old style reverse turning kick has become the spin whip kick over the last 10 years

Overall, 4 stars for the absolute basic info described in easy-to-understand language and would prove very informative for those starting out / finding their feet;but I'm afraid only 2 stars for anyone really vying for success at elite level TKD.

For more experienced TKD practioners (either ITF / WTF) I'd recommend Sang H Kim's book Competition Sparring (Turtle Press) translated from the orginal Korean version written by Chung Kuk Hyun; also Sang H Kim's DVDs of modern sparring are worthwhile. I'd also recommend the v recent DVDs produced by 4x world champion Chung Kuk Hyun ("Actual Gyrorugi)

The Departed (2006) [DVD]
The Departed (2006) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Nicholson
Price: £3.14

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Echoing previous reviews, 26 May 2007
This review is from: The Departed (2006) [DVD] (DVD)
Producing a definitive review is next to impossible as everyone on the net has their own opinions so here is my best shot lol; as a stand alone film The Departed IS a good effort by Scorsese. For the most part, the acting is believable and engaging although many people have remarked upon Wahlberg's performace as over-the-top and unnecessarily crude which I for one agree with. The cinematography is decent enough as are the technospec stuff but compared to the likes of Casino and Goodfellas; this isnnt in the same league by a long way although it remains a good 150 mins of solid entertainment.

Now the crux of the matter - with only 150mins I couldnt help but feel the writers tried to include too much of the story of the original Hong Kong trilogy and things move far too fast to be believable. I for one, preferred the back story of the younger cops finding their feet in Andrew Lau's trilogy rather than everything coming to a head in only a couple of months in the departed.

Oft criticisms were indeed the severe time compression and the amalgamation of the original 2 female characters (the innocent GF to Andy Lau plus Tony Leung's police psychiatist love interest) into only the one female role who has to interact with both Damon and Di Caprio and serve as both roles.

Andy Lau , who played Damons role in the original remarked that although he enjoyed the Hollywood re-do he didnt like the swearing (a point discussed in previous reviews) and the omission of many of the plot devices of the hong kong version.

to sum up, the departed is a flawed work that attemped to incorporate too much of the original's intrigue and suffers needlessly for it but if the thought of cantonese with subs is too much of a daunting preposition to see the originals, the departed is worthy of a viewing but it is not vintage Scorsese.

Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy Technique
Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy Technique
by Marc Tedeschi
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As said in intro - definitive guide to TKD, 17 Mar. 2007
Mr Tedeschi has written a wonderful follow-up to his 'Hapkido' textbook and it does not disappoint. Contained within it are roughly impartial analysis of Taekwon-Do's history and includes all the patterns recognised by the WTF / Kukkiwon and the official ITF patterns too; this is in addition to a very helpful WTF <-> ITF terminology section which is especially helpful if like me you practice both WTF and ITF TKD. My only real gripe was not having a step through guide of pattern Ko Dang - despite being a member of the ITF I am old enough to have practised it and knowing it I believe is respecting our history.

The analysis of the WTF sparring / competition skills and referring is correct as of 2002 so do check on your NGB website to double check for any amendments. The footwork section and discussion on tactics such as open / closed stances translates well over to ITF sparring too. The breaking section is well handled with the modern evidence that has linked the destruction training-of-old to peripheral nerve damage and arthritis and makes no bones (sorry bad pun lol!)about this COULD very well happen to you. It serves to treat you as an adult, informing you of this so you are under no illusions from the outset; then discusses techniques etc.

The self defence aspect is more derived from the WTF methodology and I must say this being Mr Tedeschi's strong point (from Hapkido) I agree with a previous reviewer in that it was more realistically handled in Mr T's Hapkido textbook but hey for £40 for an ALL-INCLUSIVE TKD textbook without dogma from the ITF or WTF; overall its a rare gem and gives a well balanced appraisal of what unfortunately is a very politically polarised art as anyone who studies TKD will know certainly in time. As we are all family TKD wise lets put the ITF / WTF divide aside and learn from one another making TKD stronger and as successful as it possibly can be. Taekwon

Ultimate Fitness Through Martial Arts
Ultimate Fitness Through Martial Arts
by Sang H. Kim
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says on the cover, 16 Jan. 2007
In similar vein to the preceeding comments; I have found this book to be a real asset to have, especially if you are just starting your training in serious terms and need ideas for exercises to develop the seven building blocks of fitness and standards of fitness to work towards; ie strength, speed, coordination, flexibility etc. I used the 1st Edition of Dr Kim's book when I was a v v keen teenager and even with a BSc and an MSc in Biology and Physiotherapy today (and potentially a medical degree if I get on that course lol) i have always found this book the most to-the-point without reams and reams of complicated neuroanatomy and physiology pre-ambles to get in the way. For begineers go for it, intermediate and advanced grades in be Taekwon-Do, muay thai etc do give it real consideration and even for health professional eg sports scientists, medics, physios there are some treatment / training gems in here.

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