Over the centuries, the ebb and flow of history has eroded the face of Korean martial arts, rendering modern sport Taekwondo devoid of the powerful grappling techniques of old. As striking and blocking rose to the fore, the devastating defensive maneuvers slipped into obscurity, leaving practitioners primarily with kicking techniques to keep attackers at bay. In this book, the author proposes that certain movements in Taekwondo patterns hint at vestigial grappling techniques that have been lost. With the dedication to practice and this book as a guide, readers will uncover the grappling techniques hidden in Taekwondo patterns, and unlock the full potential of this powerful martial art.
Dr. Tony Kemerly is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Exercise Science Program at High Point University. His martial arts experience includes the rank of black sash in Blue Dragon Kung Fu and black belt ranks in taekwondo with the World Taekwondo Federation, the International Taekwondo Federation and Living Defense Martial Arts. Dr. Kemerly lives in High Point, NC. Steve Snyder owns and operates a full-time martial arts studio with his wife in High Point, NC. Among his many achievements is a fifth degree black belt in taekwondo.