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

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3-6. Motion

Concerned with motion, it is following the way of Haneul to connect only necessary movements with no excrescent one. "TAEKWONDO is very simple. It is in one, and in nothing more than one."(Ch.55) With excrescent movements added, it is not one yet many. And it is many in disharmony.

Simple motion is in an instant. It precedes the opponent's reaction because it doesn't hurry yet connects necessary movements only. Therefore, even though you move slow he cannot defend it. In addition to that, if you follow the way of Haneul keeping everything on its own place, "although the motion were made slow and small it appears as quick and big, and since it is quick and big it can accept big power and shock."(Ch.37) In this way "Taekwondo motion is to move your center to the most proper position through the movement of your whole body, not less when you've attacked than when you attack, making one simple motion of the whole body from the finger tips to the feet toes."(Ch.37) I mean "the simple principle of Taekwondo required for attack and defense is that you should make only the most necessary movements. Accordingly, a right motion of Taekwondo changes from a movement to another with nothing excrescent at all between them."(Ch.40)

Simple motion is in an instant. So it can be used when you need it.

Why is it that he cannot follow your no-hurrying motion? Because your motion is too simple to allow him to react to it. When he begins his reaction it come to be late. As a result it precedes his motion. This is sometimes called 'Non Rhythm'.

Let me take an example; when you, facing your opponent, attack him, if you can make that motion with no preparatory movement, he can begin his motion only after you began as he moves in reaction to yours. In order to be able to make great power along the way of Haneul even in this simple motion you need many times of repeated exercise in training, and additionally, the mind of deceiving yourself first along the way of Tang, i.e. Mu-Nyom-Mu-Sang.

Your unnecessarily many motions will allow your opponent to read your intention also in Kyorugi. It means, you ought to make only necessary motion, so only necessary attack and defense. Otherwise you come to allow your blind points to him easily, to be defeated. Hence, "have no gate, no opening, but make oneness your house and live with what cannot be avoided. Then you will be close to success."1)


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1) Chuang Tsu, , , "ڦԸ,,."

 

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