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I like your pattern transcriptions, but... what I really want are BOOKS. Where can I find them?

If you study the WTF patterns my highest recommedation goes to the three volume set by Kim Jeong-Rok titled "Tae Kwon Do Textbook". The first volume covers basic techniques as well as the entire Palgue pattern set. The second volume covers the Taegeuk patterns as well as other basic techniques. The third volume covers each of the WTF Black Belt patterns in detail. At the beginning of each pattern, the author gives you a diagram of the form along with its meaning and tips on performance. Each of the forms' movements is fleshed out in detail with several photographs showing the beginning, middle and ending position of each technique. There are also foot diagrams accompanying each and every movement. This is true for every pattern in every set. These books are also very good at making basic movements very clear to students. And, as if that weren't enough, the entire three-volume set is in both English AND Korean, so if you have any questions, your Master (should he be a native Korean) will be able to read it and answer any questions that you might have about its text or instruction. The ISBNs are, Vol 1: 89-7186-225-4, Vol 2: 89-7186-226-2, Vol 3: 89-7186-227-0, and the entire set: 89-7186-002-2.

If you are only looking for the Taegeuk pattern set , I recommend Master Cho's text, "The Complete Taegeuk Hyung", available through his website at (The abbreviation is for Action International Martial Arts Association.) While that site also has a wealth of other print publications and videos, you might find it less expensive through either Amazon ( or Barnes and Noble ( It may also be available through Century Martial Arts (

If you're only looking for the Palgue pattern set , I would first suggest purchasing volume 1 of Kim Jeong-Rok's three-volume set mentioned above. If that is unavailable or you'd like to try something else, I recommend Richard Chun's "Tae Kwon Do: The Korean Martial Art". This is a more expensive book for it covers much more than just the Palgue patterns. However, it is a very sturdy hardcover and well worth the price if you don't have a similar all-in-one source for beginners. It contains chapters on basic movements, stances, technique and practical self-defense situations among others. He also has a second volume, "Advancing In Taekwondo", of similar quality and expense that covers the WTF black belt patterns. You may purchase either of these (at $65.00 each) directly from him at:
Dr. Richard Chun
United States Taekwondo Association
220 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (212) 772-8918
Or, it may still be available through or

If you study the ITF (Chon-Ji) patterns , my highest recommendation goes to Master Hee Il Cho's three volume set, "The Complete Tae Kwon Do Hyung". These are available through his own Action International Martial Arts Association web site ( . While you're there, you might also wish to take a closer look at the other quality print publications and videos he offers. The only drawback to this set is that it covers only the "original" 20 hyungs (Chon-Ji through Tong-Il), but does not cover the "new" patterrns. (i.e. Eui-Am, Ju-Che, etc.) I am not aware of any print publication that demonstrates these newer forms. As I've mentioned for the recommendations above, these too may be available through or

Another excellent book on the ITF patterns is Keith D. Yates' "Complete Book of Taekwondo Forms".  This book covers all the patterns up to 4th Dan and also includes some patterns of Japanese origin like Bassai (Bal-Sek) and Tekki (Chul-Gi).  Like the recommendations above, this text is full photographs and step-diagrams that make learning the patterns a breeze.  (Perfecting them, however, requires dedication, a little pain, and a lot of hard work!)  This book can be ordered at his site ( or through one of the aforementioned booksellers.

Should you be looking for books in any other category of martial arts -- whether it be philosophy or weapons, Kung-Fu or Aikido -- I recommend looking over Asian World Of Martial Arts' selection of books. They have one of the largest book catalogs I've seen. Their web site is"

A quick note on book-hunting, in general...
In addition to the larger online booksellers that I've mentioned above, there are two sites that might make searching for a hard-to-find book a bit easier.  Best Book Buys is an online service that searches twelve different online retailers to find the book you're looking for at the best possible price.  Also, My Simon is an excellent price-comparison tool that lets you browse a wide variety of bookstores at once.