Tae Kwon Do is a sport, a martial art, a fun way to keep fit and means of self-defence that is suited to the modern age. The author's career has spanned what is arguably the most crucial period in the martial art's development. Since the 1970s it has changed from a tool of war to a safe, competetive sport. Topics include: an introduction to Tae Kwon Do and its grading system; stances, weapons and vulnerable points of the body are covered; training principles for strength, flexibility and speed are outlined and the spectacular kicks that distinguish this martial art are also described.
Dave Oliver has devoted his left to Tae Kwon Do and has done more to promote and develop this martial art than any other individual. He is a seventh Dan black belt and former British champion and international. He is president of Tae Kwon Do International and chairman of the Tae Kwon Do Association of GB.