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

By Alex Gillis

Vague records, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers inform the story of the starting place of the preferred martial artwork. In 1938, tae kwon do all started on the finish of a poker online game in a tiny village in a distant nook of what's now North Korea by way of Choi Hong-Hi, who all started the martial artwork, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who built the Olympic variety and have become probably the most strong, debatable males in activities. the tale follows Choi from the 1938 poker video game the place he fought for his existence, via high-class geisha homes the place the paintings used to be named, and into the Vietnam conflict the place the martial paintings developed right into a killing paintings. The options reduce throughout all realms—from the overdue Nineteen Sixties whilst tae kwon do–trained Korean CIA brokers abducted humans within the usa and Europe to the Seventies whilst Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and different Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do can also be a martial paintings for the twenty first century, certainly one of cruel concepts, indomitable males, and justice pumped on steroids.

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