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

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3-2. Standing Pose

Since it was said "Earth is the mother of life, /The humble center is balanced /Being and nothingness awaken where /The feet are planted",1) discussing the right pose of standing, it is the attribute of Haneul to make your standing pose with only one leg lowering your hip. Then, why is this the right pose of standing?

Firstly, it is because of the gravity that you should lower your pose. Following the force of pulling everything downward(to the center of the earth) you should hide yourself in it. This is the reason why it is the way of Haneul to lower your pose. This is the humbleness that you put yourself in lower place than your opponent along changes of the world.

If you lower yourself this way your opponent cannot throw you nor fell you down easily. Also you should keep your pose low to resist his intended change in your firm pose of Bang(),2) dropping your hip down while standing. It's because the form itself of the standing pose of Bang is to be made of lowering your hip.

As it is the obedient following the world to lower your pose in humble way, if in this right pose, you can preserve yourself even if you do nothing. Since you follow the principles of the Nature, all creatures come to help you. That is to say, when he intends to punch you lowering your pose firm way enables you to reduce your defense area, and when he intends to kick you your low pose enables you to block it before it speeds more up. And if the opponent try to throw or fell down you the benefit of your low pose, the weightiness, will interrupt it. This is possible because techniques of his throwing and felling down you is based on the movement of Won(), which require distance in it, and your low pose will shorten the distance applicable to yourself, blocking those attacks. Therefore, hiding yourself to his inside and to inside of the world. This is what you do following the way of Haneul(Sky). In this manner you should erase your fear for the sake of hiding yourself(the way of Haneul about mind) and you should keep continuous training in order to be able to hide yourself to inside of the world.

This is the exact reason of why beginners cannot lower their pose despite their knowledge of this principle. It's because they lack enough strength of legs to support such pose or to move in it and also they are not used to it. Only your training can endow your legs with enough strength making you skilled in exact pose. A beginner is one who wants for much training. Technique is to be obtained not by knowledge but only by training.

In the low pose of the way of Haneul you should unite both Kang and Yu in oneness. Lowering your pose in obedience to the force of pulling down is verily the obedient following. On the other hand, the low pose is already a huddled one, which so becomes a concentration. That is to say, you come to possess both Kang and Yu in concentration on the offence and defense(). In this way, you will preserve what you are going to do despite your obedient following, with no failure. This is an example of following what is the accordance between the natural law and man's will.


<footnotes>

1) "That I Clench My Fist", 4.
2) I will explain in detail something about not only Won() but also Bang() and Kak() later, in the Chapter 6-14(relations among distance, tide and balance).


  Technical Example of this Chapter: Importance of Haneul in Technique: for good Timing  
 

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