Weighing in at over 10.4 pounds, 1136 Pages – 9000 Photos – 2000 Techniques
Definitely, the biggest, the heaviest, with the most pictures the most expensive, and the most thoroughly written book I have every purchased and own.
It covers everything, all manner of self-defense techniques, including strikes, kicks, blocks, avoiding movements, holds, joint locks, chokes, throws, falls, tumbling, ground fighting, and weapons. He covers East Asian philosophy, Hapkido martial arts history, anatomy, meditation, healing, and pressure point fighting, as well as in-depth interviews with the world’s preeminent Hapkido Grandmasters and renowned Grandmasters of related martial arts. It’s clearly one of the most amazing books I have ever read.
“Within minutes of opening Marc Tedeschi’s new book, Hapkido, you know you have your hands on an exceptional work. Hapkido is an enormous, comprehensive, detailed, beautifully illustrated and, somehow, very personal reference work for those who want to learn about this fascinating martial art…an astonishing degree of detail…It covers so much ground and its material is so well presented that no martial arts library will again be complete without it.”
– Journal of Asian Martial Arts
“If you hold this book in your hand, words will fail you. 1136 pages, more than 9000 photos, 2.5 inches thick, 11 x 8.5 inches large, and almost 8 lbs heavy! If you turn to the first pages you are lost. You forget the time and you are lost in the apparently infinite information explosion contained in this work…for the Hapkidoin it is a treasure chest full of information and impulses…If I had the choice to take a book with me onto a lonely island, I would decide on this book…An absolute must for any Hapkidoin!”
– Hapkidoshop.com (Germany)
“The best martial arts book ever published…How does one even begin to review a book of this scope and sophistication? My first inclination is to pronounce it to be the Holy Grail of martial arts instructional texts…bringing a new level of clarity and intellectual precision in presenting previously ‘too complex to describe’ concepts and techniques…It is simply a monumental accomplishment, nothing less, and belongs in every library…You can spend years finding things in Tedeschi’s book which will broaden and enhance your own personal practice.”
“This book is in my experience the most comprehensive ever written on a single martial art. It is superbly organized, highly informative, and contains thousands of outstanding photographs. An authoritative presentation of basic principles and techniques, integrated with modern innovations, makes this work indispensable to martial artists of virtually any style.”
– Professor Wally Jay, founder and grandmaster of Jujitsu America
“Hapkido is an overwhelming achievement. Its comprehensiveness and the quality of the writing and design are unmatched in martial arts literature. The author’s integration of history, philosophy, and technique into the larger framework of martial arts as a whole makes this book invaluable to any martial artist. Tedeschi’s treatment of weapons techniques is honest, practical, and well worth studying.”
– Nicklaus Suino, author of The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
About the Author
Marc Tedeschi is an internationally respected designer, photographer, educator, and martial arts master. He has studied Eastern philosophy, healing arts, and combatives for more than 40 years, training extensively in Hapkido, Taekwondo, Jujutsu, Judo, and Karate. A prolific writer, Mr. Tedeschi’s landmark publications rank with the finest ever produced on the healing and martial arts. He is the author of over a dozen works, including the 1136-page Hapkido, the 896-page Taekwondo, Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts, and a unique series of general martial arts books that provide an in-depth look at the core concepts and techniques shared by a broad range of martial arts.
Hardcover: 1136 pages
Publisher: Weatherhill; 1st edition (September 5, 2000)
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 3.2 x 14.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
The Korean Art of Self Defense. A fully illustrated book on the Martial Art of Hap Ki Do. Filled with over 400 photographs. Designed to show Hap Ki Do in a easy to follow step by step method for the beginner. Included are close-up photos of various wrist locks, arrows to show certain steps and minimal wording on the steps, to make this book very easy to follow. The large format (8.5 x 11) also makes this book easy to read and handle.
The Hap Ki Do practitioner diverts or suppresses an attackers flow of energy peacefully, this diversion allows him to use the attackers power against himself leading to the attacker’s defeat. Through the use of certain skeletal joints and pressure points, very little strength is needed to overcome an opponent.
Paperback: 157 pages
Publisher: Hui Son Choe; 1 edition (May 1998)
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)