Thirty-five years ago I wrote my first book, The Complete Book of Tae Kwon Do Forms. I had no idea that of the 14 additional books I would write, this is the one that would remain the most popular. But in retrospect it is the most useful for students and instructors alike for it demonstrates all the moves of the training patterns one needs to advance in rank in American Tae Kwon Do (as well as the Korean style if you use the Chang Hon patterns).
But now it is time to redo the book for a new generation. I’m going to keep the foot diagrams as well as showing the forms from the reverse direction so the reader can tell what’s going on from the opposite side. I am also going to add some practical application, that is, what some of those more obscure moves really mean.
If you are familiar with my videos of the forms, we are also going to update those, with digital video. But perhaps the most exciting addition will be a Mobile App where the student can see a form performed on a smart phone or tablet. I’m going to add applications to this feature as well so you can actually learn the purpose of those confusing sequences.
I learned the forms in the 1960s so this book and these videos will be the ORIGINAL patterns, not the ones that have been modified for modern sport competition or have been watered down for children. Everyone talks about tradition but much of the tradition of the early days of martial arts in America has been lost. I’m still teaching the way I was taught (well, for the most part—I have increased my knowledge with the study of many other systems over the years, and that will be reflected in these projects).
Many of you already have read my books or some of my 500 magazine articles for virtually every martial arts publication in the nation. But if you haven’t seen my work, I’ve been teaching the American style of tae kwon do (karate) that I learned from Allen Steen, Pat Burleson and Jhoon Rhee, for over fifty years. I was one of the very first Kata (forms) champions in the 1960s and became the go-to instructor on the training patterns for all of Texas and beyond. I have earned black belts in other systems which has enhanced my understanding of forms and which I share in seminars all around the country. I am asking Kickstarter readers and martial artists from around the world to help.
Thanks, Keith D. Yates
Risks and challenges
I have the entire book practically designed (I am a professional graphic designer as well as a tae kwon do instructor) and will print the book right after the first of the year. But the videos and mobile app are another thing. If we can fund the entire project with the “stretch” goal, we can begin right away and I hope to have it completed by mid-2018. The initial printing and beginning programing costs will be around $3,000. The stretch goal is $4,500 to get more videos shot for the advanced forms and for the Bunkai (application) videos.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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