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A killing art : the untold history of Tae kwon do

Author: Alex Gillis
Publisher: Toronto [Ontario] : ECW Press, Beaconsfield, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, [2008] 2013. ©2008
Series: Canadian Publishers Collection
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1938, Tae Kwon Do began at the end of a wicked poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea. Today, the martial art is likely the most popular on the planet, an Olympic sport practised by an estimated 50 million students and known for its spectacular kicks. Few people, however, know about its secret and violent past; there are good reasons for the screams. . . The Art of Killing: The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biographies
Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Named Person: Hong Hi Choi; Un-yong Kim; Alex Gillis; Un-yong Kim
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Gillis
ISBN: 9781554908257 1554908256 9781554906741 1554906741
OCLC Number: 869771057
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 244 pages) : illustrations, portraits.
Contents: pt. I. Indomitable spirit. Men of the sacred bone --
Though ten million opponents might rise against him --
A superpower on every border --
SuperNam. pt. II. Perseverance. Tae kwon do is named in a Korean geisha house --
One coup, two presidents, and the three spheres of power --
The ace team and the Korean CIA. pt. III. Self-control. Enter the cloud dragon --
As if in a Bruce Lee movie --
The exiles --
From spooky Kukki to WTF. pt. IV. Courtesy. Whaaa! --
Olympic mania and North Korean mayhem --
The olympic summer of love --
"Branch trimming" at the 2000 olympics and the street fight soon after. pt. V. Integrity. Like a cult --
The little giant dies and traditional tae kwon do falls apart --
WTF leaders go to prison and olympic tae kwon do faces oblivion --
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In 1938, Tae Kwon Do began at the end of a wicked poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea. Today, the martial art is likely the most popular on the planet, an Olympic sport practised by an estimated 50 million students and known for its spectacular kicks. Few people, however, know about its secret and violent past; there are good reasons for the screams. . . The Art of Killing: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do is a nonfiction novel that takes readers into the lurid dynasties of two men and their disciples: Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports. The story follows Choi from the 1938 poker game (where he fights for his life), through high-class geisha houses (where the art is named) and into the Vietnam War (where the martial art evolves into a killing art). Tae Kwon Do became a martial art for the twenty-first century, an art of merciless techniques, indomitable men and justice pumped on steroids. This book is part biography, part thriller and part memoir; the author, a martial artist and investigative journalist, made the mistake of entering the high-stakes world of Choi and Kim. The work is based on obscure documents, Korean-language books and in-depth interviews with Tae Kwon Do's pioneers. It is steeped in Confucian values and confused men, high ideals entwined with tragedy ' with tips, along the way, on how to kill with your bare hands. The Art of Killing is a wild ride to enlightenment.

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