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Choose one book from the Stories section of our recommended reading list and one from the Overview section. Read and write a brief report on each.


  • Zen in the Martial Arts
  • Myths and Legends of the Martial Arts
  • Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai
  • Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master
  • Iron and Silk
  • Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch

Cross Disciplinary Overviews

  • The Way of the Warrior: The Paradox of the Martial Arts
  • The Overlook Martial Arts Reader


  • read a book from “Stories” to see what it means to follow a martial Way
  • read a book from “Overviews” to see how Taekwondo fits into the spectrum of different martial arts styles: approaches, philosophies, and national identities
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