Practical Taekwondo by Matthew Sylvester

Practical taekwondo

A true 21st century martial artists – an inspiration to us all

Iain Abernethy

Jam-packed with terrific advice, the kind of stuff that has been sorely needed in the taekwondo community for a very long time. Outstanding

Lawrence Kane

Intelligent, though-provoking, pragmatic and long overdue

Goran Powell 

In the first book of the series, Matt reveals how taekwondo is far more than a beautiful striking art - TKD patterns are filled with pragmatic self-protection techniques including throws, takedowns, locks and chokes that are brutally simple and brutally effective.

 Mat has spent a lot of time with internationally renowned masters of martial arts and self protection and it shows. Now he brings his insight to bear on his own art. Commendably, Matt is not afraid to tell it like it is and dispel some commonly held misconceptions.

Practical Taekwondo is thoroughly researched and smartly presented, with high-quality photos and clear explanations. Even the delicate subject of pressure-points is dealt with intelligently and with a healthy dose of pragmatism.

 This book covers applications from Saju Jirugi, Chon Ji and Taegeuk Il Jang with other TKD patterns dealt with in later editions. However, Matt encourages practitioners to delve into other kata and discover similar techniques that work for them, based on the same sound principles that he sets out in his first volume. 

A powerful beginning to an exciting journey for taekwondo practitioners of all styles.