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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
4. Tang(Earth)

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4-4-1. First Consideration of Approach

In order to approach the opponent you have to prevent him from drawing back. An for its sake, you have to grasp his walking, his sight and his mind.

In order to grasp his walking, your approach should be both swift and natural. That is, you should approach him suddenly as if to deceive him, for which your walking must begin abruptly and the whole walking should be composed of only one rhythm. It means, you must have neither unnecessary movements nor hesitation of moving your trunk. In order to grasp his sight you should hold his sight with your sight. I mean, you must lose your sight from his sight. In order to grasp his mind you have to approach him prior to your hesitation. That is, you should follow the secret key of Pointing-way-of-legendary-hermit.

How can you approach the opponent while he cannot draw back like this? First, keep everything of yours on its own proper place along the way of Haneul, with which you can enable this sort of approach. For an instance, remove your unnecessary movements then your approach can be swifter. This is meant by my saying that you have to remove not only unnecessary movements but also hesitations. And in order to get this Haneul of the technique(Tang) you should possess the Haneul of the training(Haneul) first. It means, you cannot get it without steady training.

Like this, you can also see Samjae in the essence of technique, and without these ways of Samjae you cannot obtain the enlightenment of Taekwondo. Thus you, when enlightened, put all of yours in a change through swift footwork hiding under naturality of the world and erases your opponent in your sight. At the same time, you should keep everything of yours in the calmness like darkness with nothing disheveled, so that you put yourself in immutability of the world up to your nonbeing, which refers to following the way of Haneul(Heaven), stated in the foregoing.(Ch.13)

 


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