Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self-Defence, the first English language textbook about the world's most popular martial art, along with five other titles, to the Derby Public Library Martial Arts Book Collection on Friday, August 19th.August 19, 2016 - The Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association donated a copy of General Choi's
General Choi Hong-Hi wrote the first English textbook about the new Korean martial art in Malaysia between 1962-1964, and finalized and published it in Korea in 1965. The book, along with hundreds of international demonstrations, fueled Taekwon-Do's growth worldwide in the mid to late 1960s through the 1970s. The book is a rare collector's item for its historic significance.
“We are pleased to donate a copy of General Choi's first English textbook to the Martial Arts Book Collection,” said Master Swope, President of Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo. “General Choi's book documented the art's kicks, strikes, stances, throws, self-defense and first 20 Ch'ang Hon patterns for a worldwide audience for the first time in 1965. Today, Taekwondo is an Olympic sport and household word due in large part to this groundbreaking book.”
The Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association donated five additional books to the Derby Public Library:
Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art, a pictorial history of Taekwon-Do by Bok Man Kim, which has been recently honored with a Beverly Hills International Book Award;
Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text, Gichin Funakoshi's classic Shotokan karate master text, which documents the foundation for millions of practitioners around the world yet today;
Karate: The Art of Empty-Hand Fighting by Hidetaka Nishiyama and Richard C. Brown, remains one of the finest instructional texts on the art of karate;
Complete Tae Kwon Do Hyung (Volume 1) by Hee Il Cho presents the first seven Ch'ang Hon patterns in the old, pre-sine wave style; and
Essential Anatomy: For Healing & Martial Arts by Marc Tedeschi compares in detail the human anatomical systems in both Eastern and Western traditions.
“The Derby Library is excited to have a growing and relevant Martial Arts Collection,” said Eric Gustafson, Director. “This summer, more than 80% of the titles in the Collection have been checked out, which means that the community is interested and engaged in the subject. The books are now available as well to readers nationally and even internationally through our recent agreement with the Online Computer Library Center inter-library loan system.”
With their latest contribution, Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo has donated a total of 25 titles to the Martial Arts Book Collection.