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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
3. Haneul(Heaven)

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3-12. Doing Nothing

If you follow the way of Haneul not only in your motion but also in your mind and your life your enemy 1) will disappear by himself, weakened and withdrawn. Also this is the beginning and ending of what Taekwondo pursues. And this is the point where another moral principle is both same as and different from Taekwondo.

Why is it that your enemy gets weakened by himself when you follow the way of Haneul? If you follow the right way everyone will follow you. Because everyone follow you he will belong to minor party while you have many helpers. This is why your enemy ruins himself. You as a Taekwondo man achieve this just following the right way. Additionally you can avoid being deceived by vain temptation. For the temptation can attract you as you get out of the right way driven by your greed. Like this, it is easy to cheat when you work for men, but hard to cheat when you work for Heaven,2) said Chuang Tzu. In this way you can also do everything by doing nothing and know everything right way with knowledge of nothing.

<In this way you can also do everything by doing nothing and know everything right way with knowledge of nothing.>

If you follow the right way also in the technique making your basis firm in long steady training and you face your opponent with easy mind of no fear in your correct motion he will be surpassed by himself to withdraw for himself. For an example, even though an opponent try to fell you down, if you stand in low pose along the way of Haneul, his technique will fail in vain. So you don't have to be confused by his technique. And if you perform exact walking of the low pose without unnecessary movement, although you move slow, he will fail to follow you up, rather will embarrassed allowing his bigger empty points.

Therefore, Lao Tzu said; Therefore the sage manages affairs without action and spreads doctrines without words. All things arise, and he does not turn away from them. He produces them but does not take possession of them. He acts but does not rely on his own ability. He accomplishes his task but does not claim credit for it. It is precisely because he does not claim credit that his accomplishment remains with him.3) This also describes the exact figure of Taekwondo that simply does just the necessary motions in its humble low pose, performing offense and defense in an unnoticeable way and that furthermore leads the opponent to withdraw for himself.

How can it be that another moral principle is same as Taekwondo? It is such because a distinction between this and that comes only arbitrarily from what man intends to do while everything of itself belongs to the one entirety. How can you connect yourself to the matters of your mind and your life through Taekwondo? If Taekwondo is distinguishable as what it is there is also the entirety that enables it. Thus following Taekwondo you can know this fact and you can get out of Taekwondo to meet those matters. They are the whole life.


<footnotes>

1) "There is no enemy in Taekwondo. Although someone may regard such a Taekwondo man like you as his enemy, he is still not an enemy to you."(Ch.7) For all that, I'm talking of "enemy" here, only with the implication of the opponent's attitude against a Taekwondo man.
2) Chuang Tsu, ΰ 1, ,.
3) Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 2. "ؿڪ."

 

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