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Taekwondo Studies: Advanced Theory & Practice

By Willy Pieter, Ph.D. and Dennis Taaffe, Ph.D., Dakin Burdick, Ph.D., Marzena Czarnecka, M.A., Willy Pieter, Ph.D. & John Heijmans, M.S., M.D., José Saporta, M.D., Luigi T. Bercades, M.S., CSCS, and Willy Pieter, P, Udo Moenig, M.A., Derek Van Rheenen, Ph.D., Willy Pieter, Ph.D.

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Taekwondo Studies: Advanced Theory & Practice

Taekwondo is unlike any other martial art and it deserves some special attention because of its importance as a sport with a unique history and influence. This anthology, as part of our projects to provide stellar articles from the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, provides high quality materials about taekwondo you will not find elsewhere. 

Topics include fascets of taekwondo history, practice, competition, health, education, character, techniques, and sport/athletics. You’ll find the notes, bibliographies, illustrations, and index are also valuable. 

We have been very fortunate to include the writings of Dr. Willy Pieter, a pioneer in the scientific study of taekwondo. Other articles in this book provide details of taekwondo history, such as the detailed work by Dakin Burdick. The earlier version as published in the journal caused quite a stir among Korean martial art afficionados, particularly in the clear exposition that taekwondo’s roots are found in Japanese/Okinawan traditions. 

Some chapters focus on specific techniques, especially the pieces by Udo Moenig, Louis Bercades and Willy Pieter. The interview by José Suporta with Juan Moreno is very insightful as it includes a discussion of the differences of taekwondo practices for the martial artist and sport athlete. 

In her chapter, Marzena Czarneca uncovers the social relationships that often develop between students and teachers. The emotional and psychological bonds formed during classes are often difficult to notice and define, but she does so with a unique research methodology. Van Reenam’s chapter gives a refreshing portrait of childhood development through taekwondo practice. His conclusions will benefit those who teach, as well as the youngsters and parents involved in taekwondo. 

Authoritative works dealing with taekwondo are published occasionally. This book is a milestone in taekwondo literature. Hopefully you will enjoy reading each page of this important anthology. Besides being a convenient collection of special readings on taekwondo, we also hope the chapters will inspire future research and writing in this field.

Author Bio:

Luigi T. Bercades, M.S., CSCS, received his master’s in physical education from the University of Oregon. His major area was exercise physiology with a minor in fitness management. In addition, he was certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Currently he is with the University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Dakin Burdick, Ph.D., began his study of martial arts in 1980 at Indiana University. Over the years he has earned a 4th dan in taekwondo, 3rd dan in U.S.H.F. hapkido, 3rd dan in Kongshin hapkido, and 3rd dan Hoki-ryu iaido Kangyo-ha. For his Ph.D. work, Burdick wrote The American way of fighting: Unarmed defense in the United States, 1845-1945 (1999). He currently works as an Instructional Design Specialist. 

Marzena Czarnecka, M.A., (d. 1997)—when she wrote for the Journal of Asian Martial Arts—was a third degree black in taekwondo, instructor with a Calgary taekwondo club, and national-level coach/competitor. She had just completed a master of arts in anthropology at the University of Calgary. Since then, she has pursued a freelance writing career. 

John Heijmans, Ph.D., studied at the University of Oregon, USA, in the department of physical education and human movement studies and recieved his master degree in 1986. He collborated with Dr. Willy Pieter in the Oregon Taekwondo Research Project. Together they published several studies on taekwondo research and two books: Taekwondo stijlfiguren (Uitg. De Vrieseborch, Haarlem, 1989) and Scientific Coaching for Olympic Taekwondo (Meyer & Meyer, 1997). Heijmans recieved a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in 2007, specializing in anesthesiology. In 2014 he finished a three year course in acupuncture for medical doctors. 

Udo Moenig, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Department of Taekwondo, Youngsan University in Yangsan. He has a Ph.D. in physical education, and teaches and researches in the areas of martial arts and Asian studies. He has practical experiences in martial arts for over thirty years. 

Willy Pieter, Ph.D., received his doctorate in physical education from the University of Oregon in Eugene. He is currently a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He initiated the first multi-disciplinary scientific research project on elite adult taekwondo athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Additionally, Dr. Pieter published a number of articles with the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, and he also served as an associate editor. He is coauthor of Scientific Coaching for Olympic Taekwondo (Meyer & Meyer, 2000).

José Saporta, M.D., is a psychiatrist in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. He received his medical degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for twenty eight years. He has been involved in taekwondo largley because his daughter, Sondra Saporta, was a two-time Olympic National Gold Medalist in the sport.

Dennis Taaffe, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in the area of exercise physiology from the University of Oregon, a D.Sc. from Charles Sturt University for work in exercise and ageing, and a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Hawaii. Dennis undertook postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine and apart from University positions in Australia has held teaching and research appointments in the United States and Finland. For this paper, he conducted research at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Derek Van Rheenen, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley in Cultural Studies. His research interests include cultural studies of play, games and sport, literacy development in non-school settings, the connections between sports and learning, and the history of intercollegiate athletics in the American university system.

Product Specifications:
    • The Oregon Taekwondo Research Project: Results and Recommendations
    by Willy Pieter, Ph.D., and Dennis Taaffe, Ph.D.
    • People and Events of Taekwondo’s Formative Years
    by Dakin Burdick, M.A.
    • The Saga of the Modern Martial Arts Student-Instructor Relationship in North American Schools
    by Marzena Czarnecka, M.A.
    • Training and Competition in Taekwondo
    by Willy Pieter, Ph.D., and John Heijmans, M.S., M.D.
    • Juan Moreno’s Olympic-Style Training for Taekwondo Athletes
    by José Saporta, M.D.
    • A Biomechanical Analysis of the Modified Taekwondo Axe Kick
    by Luigi T. Bercades, M.S., CSCS, and Willy Pieter, Ph.D.
    • Development of a Test for Evaluating Beginning Taekwondo Students’ Motor Skills
    by Willy Pieter, Ph.D. and John Heijmans, M.S., M.D.
    • Talent Detection in Taekwondo Practitioners
    by Willy Pieter, Ph.D.
    • The Evolution of Kicking Techniques in Taekwondo
    by Udo Moenig, M.A.
    • Physique, Body Fat, and Martial Arts Performance: Correlations Found in Adult Elite Karate and Taekwondo Athletes
    by Willy Pieter, Ph.D.
    • Reflections on an After-School Literacy Program and the Educational Value of Taekwondo: A Preliminary Analysis
    by Derek Van Rheenen, Ph.D.
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