A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis

By Alex Gillis

Imprecise files, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers inform the story of the foundation of the most well-liked martial paintings. In 1938, tae kwon do started on the finish of a poker online game in a tiny village in a distant nook of what's now North Korea through Choi Hong-Hi, who started the martial paintings, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who constructed the Olympic type and have become the most robust, arguable males in activities. the tale follows Choi from the 1938 poker online game the place he fought for his existence, via high-class geisha homes the place the artwork was once named, and into the Vietnam struggle the place the martial artwork advanced right into a killing paintings. The ideas lower throughout all realms—from the overdue Nineteen Sixties while tae kwon do–trained Korean CIA brokers abducted humans within the usa and Europe to the Seventies while Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and different Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do is usually a martial paintings for the twenty first century, considered one of cruel recommendations, indomitable males, and justice pumped on steroids.

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