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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
2. Samjae

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2-6. Training, Mind, Technique

The principles of Taekwondo is to be explained along the ways of Samjae. This is due to that since TAEKWONDO is not different from the universal principle applicable to everything the conceptual framework applicable to everything is best for its explanation. And this is also due to that you cannot be free from TAEKWONDO. Since you are in it what you conceive includes Saram(Man), so conception of objects begins not along yin/yang or Kang-Yu but along Samjae first. This is why "this principle, according to which everyone can control his mind and body and live his life, has been called "TAEKWONDO" by senior masters."(Ch.1) Therefore, Taekwondo is the principle of practice prior to the truth of recognition.

As you've observed Samjae as the origin of distinction is a reflective concept. You can understand distinction through Samjae and its forms are yin/yang, Kang-Yu and Heo-Sil. This framework of Samjae enables you to understand more easily not only visible aspects but also invisible foundation of Taekwondo techniques. They include technique, mind and training, and also up to life. Now let me begin considerations on the foundation of technique, though it is invisible; training and mind and their realtions to technique.1)

[Training, Technique, Mind] To talk of technique, mind and training from the viewpoint of using techniques, it can be said that training is Haneul, technique Tang and mind Saram. Training is Haneul in this case because the mind and the technique of Taekwondo can exist through training. Technique is Tang. For technique is verily the object that is distinguished. What is to be obtained in the motion connected from a technique to another is verily doing what you want to do, which is just keeping your own intention. Accordingly what corresponds to Saram is your mind.

With the accordance of training and technique in mind you can achieve the completion of your technique. This is the completion in technique, and it is verily Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram.[]2) Completion implies a finish. But it is not the finish. Hence, although it is a finish, saying "Oneness and Nothingness Finish Together with Each Other."(Ch.64) Nothing is not what can finish, and since oneness and nothingness are same there is nothing that can finish. Therefore there is no finish. Only it finish tentatively.3)

[Mind, Training, Technique] On the other hand, in consideration focused on training mind is Haneul, training Tang and technique Saram. Mind is Haneul in this case because the broad frame that supports continued training, which enables hard and boring training to be continued, is the mind of practitioner. Of course, the training should be supported by his life, too. If you have true desire for training, however, you can find no good reason that will stop you from continuing your training although some bad conditions may allow only loose and short training. On the other hand training focuses on technique. This is why technique corresponds to Haneul. This is the case where you as a master have to teach Taekwondo to your student, and here you should have your student get the accordance of his mind and his training in a technique. Then you can finish the training. This is the <Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram> in training.

[Technique, Mind, Training] Considering them focused on mind, so objectifying mind with distinction, the mind becomes verily Tang while technique becomes Haneul and training Saram. Technique is Haneul because the mind in Taekwondo exists with technique, and futhermore because a mind without activity is meaningless. That is to say, the technique as activity is what enables mind. On the other hand, as mind improves and forms through training the training rules the activity of mind. Therefore training becomes the principle of controlling mind. This is the case where you as a practitioner want to begin your spiritual culture in Taekwondo, and here, you can get the mind of Taekwondo when you get the accordance of technique and mind in training. This is the <Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram>, too, in training.


<footnotes>

1) In this whole volume the first settlement; training, technique and mind will be used mainly among the following three. Because the main focus of this volume will be given on the technique of Taekwondo firstly.
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