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Master Cook is credited with the creation of the Chosun Women's Self-Defense Course. He has also provided training for the US Army National Guard/42nd Division prior to military operations and has instructed agents from the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Police Department and the Bronx County Sheriff's Department. Master Cook was called upon to demonstrate taekwondo as part of a three-man team at the annual Oriental World of Self-Defense held in New York City's famed Madison Square Garden. There, he and the team were cheered on by martial arts legends such as Richard Chun, Henry Cho and Chuck Norris.
Because he is a traditionalist, Master Cook places great emphasis on the underlying philosophical principles and self-defense strategies surrounding taekwondo. He demonstrates this belief by infusing meditation, breathing exercises, a strong attention to basics, and the practice of the classical forms, or poomsae, in his instructional methodology.
Aside from continuing his martial arts education under the tutelage of world-renowned, 9th Dan Black Belt Grandmaster Richard Chun, Master Cook owns and operates the Chosun Taekwondo Academy located in Warwick, New York - an institute specializing in traditional martial arts instruction and Ki, or internal energy, development. Master Doug Cook currently shares his knowledge of taekwondo through a series of articles he has written for Tae Kwon Do Times, Black Belt, Totally TaeKwonDo and the United States Taekwondo Association Journal, as well as various other martial arts publications. For the past twelve years he has written a monthly column for TaeKwonDo Times called Traditions. Master Cook is the author of four best-selling books focusing on taekwondo entitled, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Traditional Taekwondo - Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, a finalist in ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Award, Taekwondo - A Path to Excellence, released in 2009, a USA Book Award finalist, and Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original & Kukki Koryo, authored in partnership with Grandmaster Richard Chun. All editions are published by YMAA of Boston and are available online and at booksellers throughout the world. Master Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.chosuntkd.com and is available for seminars, workshops, book signings and lectures.
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Although millions of people around the world practice the fascinating art of Taekwondo, so little is known about its history, principles or philosophy. It is time to find out just what Taekwondo is all about! Learn how principles such as honor, perseverance, and dedication will enhance your daily life, how the philosophical and physical tenets combine to form not only a way of living, but a solid system of self-defense, and why these concepts are not just quaint ideals, but more important than ever in today's age.
Taekwondo's Ancient Wisdom is not only a 'must read' for every practitioner of any other martial art, but for everyone who seeks to learn from our collective past to better navigate through today's confusing times.
- Includes a thorough history of Taekwondo.
- Discover exactly what having a black belt is all about.
- Learn a simple way of meditation that will benefit any martial artist.
- Discover the difference between the martial arts as an 'art' and as a 'sport'.
The principles and techniques illustrated in this book, having been handed down over the decades, if not centuries, emphasize a core philosophy rich in defensive strategy.
Taekwondo, literally translated, can be defined as "foot, hand way" or "the way of smashing with hands and feet." Such descriptive nomenclature understandably implies a curriculum rich in self-defense. Too often, however, this is simply not the case. Given the current popularity of sport competition in the martial arts, many techniques of defensive value have been stripped away or forfeited altogether in favor of those certain to score in the ring. While the thirst for Olympic gold has clearly played a significant role in propelling taekwondo into the forefront, it should be remembered that this native Korean martial art contains over 3200 distinct self defense techniques.
This book describes in detail, the history and evolution of Taekwondo from its ancient roots to modern day applications. Also included are exercises in "Ki" or internal energy development, meditation practice, and practical self-defense strategies. This work focuses on the traditional aspects of Taekwondo rather than on its sportive component.
By following Taekwondo’s path and developing its indomitable spirit, you—the Taekwondo traveler—will see the ‘Do’ or the Way. Learn how to cultivate a natural harmony and rhythm to life, be able to distinguish right from wrong, and be equipped to defend against that which might harm what you hold most sacred.