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Book: Taekwondo A Path to Excellence by Doug Cook

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Book: Paperback

Availability: In Stock and Ready to Ship—Cart Button

Pages: 210

Illustrations: 56

Code: B1286

ISBN: 978-1-59439-128-6

Release Date: October 1, 2009

Skill Level: Skill level 1 recomended Skill Level 2 Skill Level 3

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This book, in seven parts, offers you the opportunity to visit the garden that is Taekwondo. Discover what it means to be a steadfast practitioner, understand Taekwondo’s honorable past, and prosper in the confidence and purpose that Taekwondo offers to all that participate.

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.


Doug Cook

Doug Cook holds a 6th Dan Black Belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo and is certified as an instructor and in rank by the United States Taekwondo Association and the Kukkiwon. He is the author of three best-selling books focusing on taekwondo entitled, Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior and Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, a finalist in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award. All editions are published by YMAA Publication Center, Inc., and are available online and at booksellers throughout the world.


Finalist – 2010 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine

Finalist – 2010 USA Best Book Award

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho, President, Action International Martial Arts Association

Outstanding and informative, and beautifully captures the art of Tae Kwon Do. I highly recommend your book.

Philip Ameris, 7th dan, Action International Martial Arts Association

The most comprehensive tribute to the traditional art of Taekwondo. You are a voice that must be heard!

John Pellegrini, 9th dan, President, International Combat Hapkido Federation

Doug Cook has done it again! I have read many books on Taekwondo, but this book is my favorite.

John Donohue, Ph.D. Anthropology, best-selling author

Skillfully written invitation to explore the oft-neglected traditional and philosophical aspects of Taekwondo. Refreshing!

Mark K. Setton, Ph.D., Chairman of Martial Arts Studies, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Puts the ‘Do’ back in Taekwondo!

Michael Rosenbaum, Martial Arts Instructor, best-selling author

A fascinating look into Taekwondo’s history, practice, and philosophy.

Lawrence Kane, Sensei, best-selling author

Doug Cook has outlined a path to excellence, where the practice of Taekwondo can lead to physical and spiritual enrichment. A great read!

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