Taekwondo & Martial Arts Books
Below are our favorite Taekwondo &
martial arts books. We have
also tried to add a quick review of each
book in order to summarize their value to martial arts students.
In addition, we have added some of our visitors' favorite martial
arts books in order to provide you with even more reading ideas. You can
also find many of these martial arts books on
used martial arts equipment page
(lightly used & much cheaper than new books) or buy them new at Barnes & Noble. If you are looking
for Taekwondo & martial arts books for kids,
click here for
our "children's section".
Favorite Taekwondo Books
Taekwondo: The State of the Art
(by Master Sung Chul Whang and Master Jun Chul Whang)
- This Taekwondo book is well written
and covers many topics (i.e. kicks, sparring and stances). The
best section focuses on Taekwondo forms (WTF forms 1-8) because the book gives you
detailed written instructions and visual aids. Two thumbs
Competitive Taekwondo (by Master Yong Sup Kil) - This
Taekwondo book provides a good
overview of the training needed to become proficient at
Taekwondo sparring. It covers areas such as training regimes,
sparring exercises and strategy. My favorite part focused on
counterattacks (i.e. How do I counter an opponent's roundhouse
kick?). It gives you numerous counters for each attack.
Favorite Martial Art Books
Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts
martial arts book
provides Taekwondo students with a huge variety of stretching
exercises that will improve their flexibility. Hundreds
of stretching exercises. This book is a
must for any martial arts student who wants a higher spinning
hook kick or who just wants to prevent/treat a nagging injury. Each stretch
comes with pictures and instructions. Two thumbs up!
This is one of our all-time favorite martial arts books. Everyone
with aches & pains and/or prior injuries should own this book &
use these stretches!
Martial Arts After 40
- This martial arts book is geared towards "older" martial arts athletes
(like myself). It looks at how to take a martial arts course
when you are past 40, the best stretches/exercises for older
athletes, how to prevent age-related sports injuries, etc.
Complete Krav Maga - An
excellent martial arts book with numerous pictures that show a wide range of
self-defense techniques. This book teaches useful skills that
you can use to enhance the knowledge that you have already
learned at your Taekwondo school. Krav Maga is an Israeli
self-defense program focused on practical techniques (anything
that works). Two thumbs up!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - If you
want to learn ground fighting in order to complement your
Taekwondo skills, you should read this martial arts book. There are tons of
detailed pictures and excellent instruction on how to deal with
an opponent if the fight has turned into a wrestling match (and
you can't use your awesome roundhouse kick).
Hapkido: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique - A HUGE book on
Hapkido. A great resource
book! Teaches you chokes, arm locks, pressure points & much
Taekwondo Favorite Books from our Visitors - Our visitors have
the following Taekwondo books:
Taekwondo Form Books
Taekwondo Poomsae - Learn your Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black
Belt forms. Many photos are included to help you with each form.
The Complete Book Of Taekwon Do Forms
- A highly rated Taekwondo form book.
Tae Kwon Do Classic Forms: 21 Hyung--Novice White Belt through Advanced Black Belt - This Taekwondo
book teaches you the forms needed for the Chung Do Kwan
style of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Self-Defense - This book focuses on the self-defense
aspects of Taekwondo (versus the sports aspects). Learn arm
locks, takedowns & more.
Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence
- A highly rated book that reviews Taekwondo history,
different Taekwondo styles, martial arts philosophy & much more.
Tae Kwon Do Basics, Techniques and Forms: The Indomitable Martial Art of Korea
- This Taekwondo book gets some very
positive reviews. Excellent book for beginners & advanced
students of Taekwondo.
Tae Kwon Do: Secrets of Korean Karate
- This Taekwondo book has over 1,000 illustrations. However, it is geared towards traditional
Taekwondo versus Olympic style Taekwondo.
Advancing in Taekwondo
Taekwondo Training Manual - Over a thousand photos!
Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior
- Learn the history and philosophy of Taekwondo.
A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do
- This book is a little more controversial. Focuses
on Taekwondo as a "deadly" martial art versus a sport.
Tae Kwon Do: The Korean Martial Art - This
Taekwondo book covers a huge variety of subjects such as
sparring, poomsae and self-defense. It supposedly has over 1,400
illustrations and is 544 pages long. Wow!
Martial Arts Favorite
Books from our Visitors
- Visitors to this
website have also purchased
the following self-defense & martial arts books:
Vital Point Strikes - This book explores how to target pressure
points and other vulnerable spots on the body.
Bruce Lee's Fighting Method
This a highly rated book focused on Bruce Lee's
Speed Training for Martial Arts
- This martial arts book helps to improve
the quickness of your kicks & punches.
Street Stoppers: The Martial Arts Most Devastating Trips, Sweeps, and Throws for Real Fighting
- Another five star martial arts book.
Best Karate, Vol.1: Comprehensive (Best Karate Series) -
This book regarding Karate that gets some very good reviews.
- The Fighter's Body: An Owner's Manual: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts
- Treat Your Own Knees: Simple Exercises to Build Strength, Flexibility, Responsiveness and Endurance
- Jean Frenette's Complete Guide to Stretching
- Book covering martial arts stretching.
- The Warrior Diet - This
author looks at the diet of ancient warriors (i.e. Spartans and
Romans) in order to design a perfect "warrior's" diet.
- The Fighter's Body - This
book explores the perfect program of diet and exercise for the
students of martial arts.
- Martial Arts Injuries - These
books look at how to prevent and recovery from martial arts
Martial Art Book Recommendations
- Living the Martial Way -
This book explores
things such as martial arts history, spirituality/philosophy of
martial arts, martial arts strategy, etc. Recommended by
Other Useful Books
The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises
- It has HUNDREDS of great exercise routines
covering your back, chest muscles, quads and any other muscle that
you can think of! It has thousands of photos and very precise
instructions. An awesome book if you are looking to improve your
overall martial arts strength & power.