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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
2. Samjae

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2-9. Transcendence

TAEKWONDO exists in the accordance of the natural law and what man intends to do. Its central ideology is verily "the transcendence to inside of life". How do you embody this transcendence to inside of life in Taekwondo? To stop fight not by avoiding fight, yet rather by engaging yourself in fight willingly, thus not to fight after all, it is the transcendence to inside of life. Its technical implication is that you should escape to not outside yet inside of your opponent. On the other hand its spiritual implication is that you should conquer your fear enjoying what you fear.

When you block the attack from your opponent you should approach him in both your mind and body. Otherwise, i.e. if you draw your body back blocking you may fall in danger allowing his continuous attack easily. The root of your danger is your opponent. Not getting far awau from him yet approaching him, thus moving to inside of him you can avoid the danger more easily. This is an example of the transcendence to inside of life you can see in defence. On the other hand, you should not await his attack yet precede it oppressing his spirit before his attack. In this way you can block up the begining of a fight to delete it. Any of 'preceding attack' or blockade on his attack can be an example. It is also not a retreat yet an escape to his inside. This can capably be called "transcendence".

The way to this transcendence is that of Samjae.

 

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