Junsado Fundamentals, Standing and Ground Combat

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The key to winning a fight is neutralizing your opponent's strengths and using his weaknesses against him. 

In Junsado Fundamentals, Standing and Ground Combat, Sang H. Kim teaches you how to neutralize and destroy your opponent in standing and ground confrontations, including realistic, no-nonsense strategies against tackles, head locks, chokes, arm locks, punches, grabs, low kicks, sweeps, throws, pins and a variety of strikes.

Over 50 standing and ground combat scenarios take you through a wide range of possible attack and defense situations to improve your fighter's instinct. In addition to demonstrating a practical defensive strategy, each scenario illustrates a key Junsado principle in action, building your ability to apply fighting principles across a wide range of situations. Also included is a complete reference to the fundamental skills of Junsado, including: stance, open and closed hand strikes, elbow strikes, low kicks, knee strikes, takedowns, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder locks and ground fighting skills.

Junsado, founded by former South Korean Special Agent and lifelong martial artist, is a dynamic and direct fighting style. This concise reference will help you hone your fundamental fighting skills, give you a framework for developing your fighting strengths, and reveal core principles that can be applied in the ring or on the street. 

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android


Vital Point Strikes: The Art and Science of Striking Vital Targets for Self-defense and Combat Sports

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Vital Point Strikes is a guide to pressure point striking for the average martial artist. Sang H. Kim demystifies the lore of vital point striking and shows you realistic applications of vital point strikes for self-defense and combat sports.

For those new to the concept of vital points, he begins by examining the Eastern theory of acupoints, meridians and ki (qi) and the Western scientific concepts of the nervous and circulatory systems, pain threshold and pain tolerance, and the relationship between pain and fear.

This synthesis of accepted Eastern and Western theories helps the reader understand what makes vital point striking work and why it can be not only useful in fighting, but deadly. 

Based on this introduction, you'll learn about 202 vital points for use in fighting including the name, point number, location, involved nerves and blood vessels, applicable techniques, sample applications, and potential results for each point. 

The points are illustrated in detail on an anatomically correct human model, with English, Chinese, and Korean names as well as point numbers for easy reference.

In addition to identifying the vital points, Sang H. Kim gives you detailed information about the type of techniques that work for vital point striking including a discussion of fighting zones and ranges, plexus strikes, stance and footwork, bodily weapons, striking directions and angles and dozens of applications for common empty hand, grappling, groundfighting, knife and gun attacks.

Based on over thirty years experience in the martial arts and in-depth research, Sang H. Kim has created one of the most complete books available on the art and science of vital point striking.
Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover


Ultimate Flexibility: Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts

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More than a collection of exercises or an explanation of technique, Ultimate Flexibility is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice.

Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H. Kim, Ultimate Flexibility is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Begin with an in depth look at the hows and whys of flexibility and stretching. 

Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are best for beginners, when to graduate to advanced techniques and why you should completely avoid certain types of exercises. 

You'll also find information that you won't find in any other martial art book, including a detailed exploration of how your body works for or against you in your training and how flexibility can make you stronger and faster.

Building on this foundation, Sang H. Kim teaches you nearly 200 flexibility exercises that he has personally used to achieve the highest levels of flexibility. You'll get detailed instructions, workout planning guides, goal setting tips, difficulty levels, injury prevention and recovery, and over 400 photos to guide you. 

Includes Exercises and Workouts for: 

  • Core Workout 
  • Warm Up
  • Cool Down
  • Light Contact 
  • Full Contact 
  • Grappling
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Boxing
  • Weapons
  • High Kicks
  • Splits

Special bonus sections: 10 Tips for Full Splits, 20 Tips for High Kicks and 10 workouts for specific martial art types. 

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover, Hardcover


Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy

As a medical doctor who appreciates the impact of daily stress on the body and the value of seeing body as an integrated system, the techniques presented as MBX-12 is a refreshing blend of the mental and physical.
— Jarrod Post, MD

Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy is a guide to invigorating your internal Ki energy flow through a unique sequence of 12 movements (MBX-12) targeting the 12 meridian energy channels. MBX-12 brings together mindful movement and deep breathing to create an active form of moving meditation.

As you learn the exercises that make up the MBX-12 routine, you'll develop an understanding of the mindfulness practice principles of attention, centering and release. Sang H. Kim introduces the movements of MBX with step-by-step practice guidance, focal points, self-assessment criteria, wellness applications and detailed explanations of how mindful movement influences your inner energy flow. You'll also learn 13 MBX Mudras, symbolic hand movements that activate the 6 meridians in the hand and affect energy flow across the body.

Throughout the book, short readings introduce you to the four pillars of energy transformation: mindfulness, movement, breath, and meridians. For experienced mind-body practitioners, MBX-12 is an excellent supplement to other mindful movement practice such as Yoga, Taichi, and Qigong. MBX-12 integrates your moving body with your breath, redirects energy flow along the 12 meridians, and unites the mind with all in the present.

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Softcover


Complete Taekwondo Poomsae

Each Poomsae is thoroughly illustrated with clear and technically precise photos. The instructional text is supplemented with information about the meaning, movement line and symbol of each of the taekwondo forms as well as the correct execution of each new movement introduced in the form. 

In addition to the 25 official Poomsae, the authors explain Poomsae theory and principles to help you understand the underlying concepts of Poomsae practice. Topics covered include:  characteristics of poomsae, 13 fundamental taekwondo techniques, stance, vital targets, bodily weapons, structural principles of poomsae, poomsae creating, movement principles, performance tips, mastery, terminology, origin of Taegeuk and Palgwae, meaning of the trigrams, and complete Korean and English poomsae terminology. Much of this information has never before been translated into English. 

Complete Taekwondo Poomsae is the most complete reference book available on the WTF style Taekwondo forms including the Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black Belt Poomsae. 

Grandmasters Kyu Hyung Lee and Sang H. Kim have combined their extensive knowledge of traditional taekwondo forms to teach you not only the 25 official taekwondo poomsae, but the meaning of the forms, the principles of Poomsae performance and the philosophy that underlies the techniques.

The following Poomsae are included:

  • Poomsae Taegeuk Il Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Ee Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Sam Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Sah Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Oh Jang
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Yuk Jang
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Chil Jang
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Pal Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Il Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Ee Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Sam Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Sah Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Oh Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Yuk Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Chil Jang 
  • Poomsae Palgwae Pal Jang
  • Poomsae Koryo
  • Poomsae Keumgang
  • Poomsae Taebaek 
  • Poomsae Pyongwon 
  • Poomsae Sipjin
  • Poomsae Jitae
  • Poomsae Cheonkwon
  • Poomsae Hansoo
  • Poomse Ilyeo  

Kyu Hyung Lee, Sang H. Kim

Editions: Android, Softcover, Hardcover


Martial Arts After 40

Finally a book about my generation!
— John Emmons

Martial Arts After 40 explores the needs and advantages of the over-forty martial artist. It takes an in-depth look at the realities of training in mid-life including:

  • What type of exercises are beneficial and which ones are dangerous? 
  • What are the effects of aging and what impact do they have on training? 
  • How can baby boomers keep up in a class of Gen-Xers? 
  • What types of injuries are common after forty and how can you prevent them? 

In addition to providing a wealth of fitness and training information, author Sang H. Kim addresses the fact that many older martial artists are looking for something more meaningful than just a good workout. 

His positive and knowledgeable approach to taking up or continuing martial arts training after 40 is inspiring, reassuring and informative. This book should be read by every adult martial artist regardless of age.
Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover


Complete Kicking

This book goes beyond the basics and explains the concepts behind awesome kicks including how to generate power using your whole body in every kick, how to generate maximum impact, how to use body mechanics to kick higher, and how to get the most out of every practice session.

This is the best reference book for kicking techniques I’ve found. I have just about every book written in English regarding WTF techniques and this is by far the one you need to learn how to do the different kicks.

COMPLETE KICKING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO KICKS FOR MARTIAL ARTS SELF-DEFENSE & COMBAT SPORTS is a comprehensive guide to the kicks of Taekwondo from white belt to black belt and beyond. Sang H. Kim shares his expert  knowledge of fundamental, jumping, spinning and multiple kicks.

You’ll get in-depth instruction for over 40 kicks, including the purpose of the kick, key points to pay attention to when practicing, step-by-step execution of the kick, the best targets for each kick, applications for sport fighting and self-defense, plus the most common kicking mistakes and how to fix them. As you progress, you’ll also learn exercises designed to improve your kicking flexibility, power, speed and balance.



  • Front Kick
  • Roundhouse Kick
  • Side Kick
  • Knee Kick
  • Raising Kick
  • Outside Crescent Kick
  • Inside Crescent Kick
  • Axe Kick
  • Whip Kick
  • Twist Kick
  • Pushing Kick
  • Flying Side Kick
  • Back Kick
  • Turn Kick
  • Spin Whip Kick
  • Hopping Kicks
  • Jumping Kicks
  • Jumping Spin Kicks
  • Multiple Kicks
  • Combination Kicks

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover, Hardcover


Muye Dobo Tongji : Comprehensive Illustrated Manual of Martial Arts of Ancient Korea

Carefully translated from the original text and illustrated with reproductions of ancient woodblock carvings, this book provides fascinating insights into Korea’s martial arts legacy.
— Martial Arts Combat Sports Magazine

In 1789, King Chongjo, ruler of the Yi dynasty, ordered General Yi Duk-moo to compile an official textbook on all martial art forms present in Korea. 

The result, the Muye Dobo Tongji, is the only surviving classical text on the Korean arts of war. Based on the earliest known Korean martial arts treatise, the Muye Chebo(1599), the Muye Dobo Tongji clearly shows the influence of neighboring Japanese and Chinese armies. 

Book One comprises the arts that were originally published in the Muye Chebo (Martial Arts Illustrations) in 1592. This book establishes the format for the remainder of the work: each weapon is documented with an illustration of the Korean, Chinese and Japanese versions where applicable, followed by a compilation of references to the weapon in historical documents, a discussion of the common uses of the weapon illustrated by line drawings and finally the original manuals and comprehensive illustrations (in Chinese).

Books Two and Three comprise the arts added to the Muye Chebo when it was revised and published as the Muye Shinbo (New Illustrations of Marital Arts) in 1759. The arts added in these two sections reflect the influence of the invading Japanese armies and borrow heavily from the Japanese sword arts.

Organized into 24 disciplines comprised of empty hand fighting, weaponry and horsemanship, this is an accurate historical snapshot of the warrior arts of the late 18th century. 

Authors: Park Je-ga, Yi Duk-moo

Translated by: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, Android, Softcover


Taekwondo Self-defense: Taekwondo Hoshinsool

In Taekwondo Self-defense: Taekwondo Hoshinsool, Sang H. Kim adapts traditional Taekwondo skills for the modern day Taekwondo classroom.  The self-defense techniques presented blend Taekwondo kicking, blocking and striking skills with locks, throws and takedowns drawn from other Korean self-defense arts.

Learn how to use your Taekwondo skills to  defend against a wide variety of common empty hand attacks including holds, locks, chokes  punches, kicks and pins. Plus, learn defenses  against an attacker wielding a blunt weapon,  knife or gun.

Each defensive scenario is illustrated with high quality photos and explained in step-by-step detail that includes key points to successfully applying advanced techniques, multiple ways of defending against the most common attacks and alternative responses to help you prepare for the fluid reality of a real-life self-defense situation.

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, Android, Softcover


Taekwondo Step Sparring

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Step sparring is a traditional form of drill training used by Taekwondo students to practice and perfect stances, blocks, strikes and kicks with a partner. In Taekwondo Step Sparring, Sang H. Kim progressively teaches you nearly 70 step sparring techniques, from beginner to black belt.

The step sparring techniques in Taekwondo Step Sparring incorporate dozens of strikes, blocks, stances, kicks and footwork in sparring and self-defense style partner applications.

In addition to detailed instruction, Sang H. Kim shares training tips and mastery points to help you take your fundamental Taekwondo skills to their highest level.

Each step sparring sequence is illustrated with clear photos including reverse views, close-ups and transition photos so you can perfect each skill. You’ll also learn how to adapt blocks, strikes and kicks for step sparring applications and how to create your own step sparring techniques.

This is a comprehensive introduction to step sparring for Taekwondo students of all skill levels.

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover