Martial Arts Stocking Stuffers
Favorite Martial Arts Books
Taekwondo: The State of the Art
- This Taekwondo book is well written
and covers many topics (i.e. kicks, sparring and stances). The
best section focuses on Taekwondo forms (WTF forms 1-8) as the book gives you
detailed written instructions and visual aids. I often refer to this
book when I am getting ready for my next belt test. Two thumbs
Competitive Taekwondo - This
Taekwondo book provides a good
overview of the training needed to become proficient at
Taekwondo sparring. It covers areas such as training regimes,
sparring exercises and strategy. My favorite part focused on
counterattacks (i.e. How do I counter an opponent's roundhouse
kick?). It gives you numerous counters for each attack.
Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts - This
martial arts book
provides Taekwondo students with a huge variety of stretching
exercises that will improve their flexibility. Hundreds
of stretching exercises. This book is a
must for any martial arts student who wants a higher spinning
hook kick or who just wants to prevent/treat a nagging injury. Each stretch
comes with pictures and instructions. Two thumbs up!
Martial Arts After 40
- This martial arts book is geared towards "older" martial arts athletes
(like myself). It looks at how to take a martial arts course
when you are past 40, the best stretches/exercises for older
athletes, how to prevent age-related sports injuries, etc.
Complete Krav Maga - An
excellent martial arts book with numerous pictures that show a wide range of
self-defense techniques. This book teaches useful skills that
you can use to enhance the knowledge that you have already
learned at your Taekwondo school. Krav Maga is an Israeli
self-defense program focused on practical techniques (anything
that works). Two thumbs up!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - If you
want to learn ground fighting in order to complement your
Taekwondo skills, you should read this martial arts book. There are tons of
detailed pictures and excellent instruction on how to deal with
an opponent if the fight has turned into a wrestling match (and
you can't use your awesome roundhouse kick).
- For additional great Taekwondo
books, you should visit out
Martial Arts Book section.
- For great kid gifts, you should
Martial Arts Books for Kids section.
Sparring & Training Equipment
Taekwondo Sparring Equipment
- The perfect Taekwondo gift. Upgrade his/her cheap cloth pads
with high density foam protection (i.e.
Useful Practice Equipment
- More good Taekwondo gifts. They allow your loved one to
practice at home.
- This Taekwondo gift allows them to practice their breaks at
Martial Arts Gear Bags
- Put all of your sparring gear into a single martial arts bag.
- Your Taekwondo Master might sell/give your loved one a cheap
pair of Taekwondo shoes as part of your introductory package.
Once they have determined that they like Taekwondo and want to
keep going, you should upgrade their shoes. The cheap shoes break and catch on
the mats. My favorite Taekwondo shoe is the
Adidas AdiLuxe Martial Arts Shoe.
No laces to come un-done, fits like a glove and has a great
Martial Arts Floor Mats - If your
loved one trains at home,
you might want to consider adding martial arts floor mats in
order to minimize any impact from falls or throws.
These t-shirts will "wick"
away moisture (as you WILL sweat during Taekwondo). This will help to lower your
body temperature and make things more comfortable during intense
Wear these t-shirts under your Taekwondo uniform.
Steel Water Bottles
- You will sweat a ton during sparring or a typical Taekwondo
workout. Therefore, you should bring your own water and
save money (versus buying expensive bottled water)! Also buy stainless steel bottles
in order to avoid any
potential chemicals that leech out of plastic bottles.
Shoe Repair Glue
- Taekwondo shoes can fall apart quickly because of all of the
spins & kicks. Buy some shoe repair glue so you can fix any
minor damage to your favorite shoes (i.e. the sole starts to
come off). This cheap but necessary Taekwondo gear will save you
in the long-run because you will not have to buy a new pair of
shoes every six months.
- If your loved one is really serious about martial arts, you can buy them some exercise equipment in
order to help them to become stronger & more flexible.
Martial Arts Strength & Conditioning
Products from TaekwondoAnimals.com
- Great Taekwondo gifts for your favorite martial arts caffeine fiend...
I mean friend!
- Remember the martial arts movie "Drunken Master". :)
T-Shirts - Cool martial arts t-shirts.
Sweatshirts - Keep warm with a martial arts sweatshirt.
Hats & Baseball Caps - Hats with martial arts themes.
Bumper Stickers - Show the world your martial arts "pride"
with a Taekwondo bumper sticker.
Taekwondo Goods such as polo shirts, birthday cards,
magnets & more.
Martial Arts Movies
Martial Arts Movies
for Kids & the Young at Heart
Kung Fu Panda
- This movie shows how a lazy dreamer turns into "The Kung Fu Warrior". Lots
The Karate Kid - The new
Karate Kid movie with Will Smith's kid.
The Karate Kid - The old Karate
kid with Ralph Macchio. Wax on, wax off!