There are many books on the market that describe the practices of American-style karate and tae kwon do, but few that also explore the rich history and development of these traditions and the philosophy behind them. A 10th-degree black belt regarded as a pioneer in popularizing these disciplines in the West, Keith D. Yates is in a unique position to expand practitioners’ knowledge. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos, this book discusses in clear, cogent language the origins of karate and tae kwon do, their philosophical underpinnings, and how they evolved in America. Yates also offers authoritative practical information on such common student concerns as the difference between karate and tae kwon do, the requirements for earning a black belt (and the different kinds of black belts), the best style to learn for self-defense, the significance and effectiveness of forms, and even how to find a legitimate school or instructor. Also featuring inspiring short biographies of some of the most famous figures in American karate, The Complete Guide to American Karate and Tae Kwon Do helps students understand both the “how” and the “why” of these vital martial arts traditions.
"Keith Yates has written one of the most complete overviews of American karate that I've seen. Not only is it comprehensive, it’s fun to read." —Skipper Mullins, world karate champion; one of Black Belt Magazine's Top Five Fighters of All Time
"Tae kwon do has enhanced my life. It has given me confidence, helped me stay fit, taught me how to achieve goals, and helped me become comfortable in my interactions with others. This book will help you stick with your training so you can gain those benefits too." —Arnold Howard, former editor of Martial Arts Professional Magazine
The Complete Guide to American Karate and Tae Kwon Do by Keith D. Yates