There are lots of books available on the market that describe the practices of American-style karate and tae kwon do, but few that also explore the rich history and development of these traditions and the philosophy at the back of them. A 10th-degree black belt thought to be a pioneer in popularizing these disciplines in the West, Keith D. Yates is in a unique position to expand practitioners’ knowledge. Illustrated all through with black-and-white photos, this book discusses in clear, cogent language the origins of karate and tae kwon do, their philosophical underpinnings, and how they evolved in The us. Yates also offers authoritative practical information on such common student concerns as the difference between karate and tae kwon do, the requirements for earning a black belt (and the different kinds of black belts), the most productive style to be told for self-defense, the significance and effectiveness of forms, and even how to find a legitimate school or instructor. Also featuring inspiring short biographies of one of the vital most famous figures in American karate, The Complete Guide to American Karate and Tae Kwon Do helps students remember both the “how” and the “why” of these vital martial arts traditions.