Taekwondo: From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport

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Routledge, 10 avr. 2015 - 230 pages

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the historical, political, and technical evolution of taekwondo. Many of the supposedly ‘traditional’ and ‘ancient’ Korean cultural elements attached to taekwondo are, in fact, remnants of East Asia’s modernization drive, and largely inherited from the Japanese martial arts. The current historical portrayal has created an obstacle to a clear understanding of the history of taekwondo, and presents problems and contradictions in philosophy and training methodology. Using rich empirical data, including interviews with leading figures in the field, this book brings together martial arts philosophy with an analysis of the technical aspects and the development of taekwondo, and provides a detailed comparison of karate and taekwondo techniques. It debunks nationalistic mythology surrounding taekwondo to provide a reinterpretation of taekwondo’s evolution.

 

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Table des matières

Introduction
1
1 Early Korean martial arts and taekkyŏn
13
2 The relationship of taekwondo to karate
34
3 The significance of forms
66
4 The origins of fullcontact sparring
84
5 The origins of taekwondo competition rules
98
6 The evolution of sparring technique
115
7 The philosophical roots of taekwondo
145
Individuals interviewed for this study
197
General classification and terminology of East Asian martial arts
199
Martial arts literature in chronological order
202
Forms in early taekwondo manuals
207
General terminology for kicking techniques in taekwondo
211
Glossary
213
About the author
224
Index
226

8 Forms versus sparring
175
the incomplete transformation of taekwondo from a martial art to a martial sport
186

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À propos de l'auteur (2015)

Udo Moenig, Lecturer, Department of Taekwondo, Youngsan University, South Korea.

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