A Killing Art, a book about Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis

Tae Kwon Do’s founders and Olympic leaders are fond of saying that this martial art is thousands of years old and filled with old dynasties and ancient warriors. They had their reasons for the myths and lies. A Killing Art (2016), updated and revised, reveals some of the truths about Taekwondo and Taekwon-Do, a killing art created in the South Korean military in the 1950s.

Buy A Killing Art (2016) online in book, e-book and audio formats (in North America at Amazon.com and in the UK at Amazon.co.uk) or contact a2gillis@gmail.com for information. The first edition is also available in GreekGerman and Spanish.

The only book in the world that tells the truth about TaeKwonDo's history and current problems.

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Interviews and reviews about the book and TaeKwonDo

“Alex Gillis Talks about Tae Kwon Do, Controversy and Researching Martial Arts History,” by Ben Judkins (Aug. 2016): “One of the first books that I reviewed on this blog was A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis. To this day, it remains one of my favourite discoveries, and a revised and expanded edition has just been released. With a background in investigative journalism, Gillis has produced one of the most engaging and fast-paced studies of a martial art to date. Nor do you have to be a student of TKD to enjoy this book.”

WhistleKick Martial Arts Radio podcast with Alex Gillis, by Jeremy Lesniak (Aug. 2016): “Over the course of this show, we’ve had a few trends with mentions of movies & actors. But when it comes to books, there are only a few we’ve heard about consistently. Joe Hyams’s Zen in the Martial Arts, Miyamoto Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings and Alex Gillis’s A Killing Art. The first two authors have passed away, but Mr. Gillis is alive and well, so we invited him to come on the show.”

Quill & Quire, book review by Jan Dutkiewicz (2008).

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Grandmaster Nam Tae-Hi, who helped create Tae Kwon Do, recommends A Killing Art:


Shocking 2002 interview with Chong-Woo Lee, from “Shin Dong-A” magazine, South Korea: Yook,SungChul,InterviewWithChongWooLee,ShinDongA,2002 Lee is a former leader of Olympic taekwondo.