Book Title: Complete Taekwondo Poomsae - The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo
Taekwondo Style: WTF Taekwondo
Summary Recommendation: If you're going to buy only one taekwondo reference book, this one is well worth considering. For English speakers, the only real competitor to this book is Lee & Ricke's Official Taekwondo Training Manual. Disadvantage: some readers may be put off by the fact that the photographs in this book are only black & white. If you really must have color photographs, consider Park, Park & Gerrard's book TaeKwonDo.
The WTF diagrams shown on this wiki were originally developed using this reference book as a guide.
This book is an excellent reference for WTF forms. The author Kyu Hyung Lee is a former President of the Kukkiwon so the representations of the poomsae are accurate. The English translation of this material is very good, unlike some taekwondo references where the English is difficult to interpret. There are a few occasional typos (for example, the illustration might show you punching with the right hand but the text says you're punching with the left hand) but those errors are few and easily resolved by the reader.
From Amazon: Complete Taekwondo Poomsae is the most complete reference book available on the Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black Belt Poomsae of WTF style Taekwondo. Grandmasters Kyu Hung Lee and Sang H. Kim have combined their extensive taekwondo knowledge to teach you not only the 25 official taekwondo poomsae, but the meaning of the forms, the principles of Poomsae performance and the philosophy that underlies the techniques. Each Poomsae is thoroughly illustrated with clear and technically precise photos. The instructional text is supplemented with information about the meaning, movement line and symbol of each form as well as the correct execution of each new movement introduced in the form. In addition to the 25 official Poomsae, the authors explain Poomsae theory and principles to help you understand the underlying concepts of Poomsae practice. Topics covered include: characteristics of poomsae, 13 fundamental taekwondo techniques, stance, vital targets, bodily wapons, structural principles of poomsae, poomsae creating, movement principles, performance tips, mastery, terminology, origin of Taegeuk and Palgwae, meaning of the trigrams, and complete Korean and English poomsae terminology. Much of this information has never before been translated into English.
|Complete Taekwondo Poomsae, a classic reference used to develop the diagrams on this wiki||Official Taekwondo Training Manual, Kukkiwon-endorsed||Tae Kwon Do: The Ultimate Reference, WTF-endorsed, with full-color photos|
|Taekwondo - The State of the Art||The Book of Teaching & Learning Taekwondo, another WTF-sponsored reference||Kukkiwon's Taekwondo Textbook, an excellent reference in Korean, but virtually unreadable in English|