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Description - A Killing Art by Alex Gillis

In 1938, Tae Kwon Do began at the end of a wicked poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea. Today, the martial art is likely the most popular on the planet, an Olympic sport practised by an estimated 50-million students and known for its spectacular kicks. Few people, however, know about the art's secret and violent past; there are good reasons for screams in the martial arts. This nonfiction novel takes readers into the lurid dynasties of two men and their disciples: Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781550228250
ISBN-10: 1550228250
Format: Hardback
(260mm x 184mm x mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: ECW Press,Canada
Publisher: ECW Press,Canada
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Alex Gillis

Alex Gillis is a university writing instructor and a professional journalist specializing in literary nonfiction and investigative research. He has trained in tae kwon do for 25 years and is a third-degree black belt. His instructors were some of the pioneers of the martial art, and he had rare access to these men and their families and disciples. He lives in Toronto.

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