4-4-3. Center of Motion
Approach should be simple as just itself. Simple approach is getting close
with no preparatory motion. This simple motion is possible only grounded on
right manner of walking. I mean, it is possible along the way of Haneul.
The walking that enables simple approach is that that moves the whole body
focussing on the downer stomach, with movement of legs simultaneously. For its
sake you have to stand always ready to collapse your balance. This is the reason
why you should stand on one leg all the way in basic poses of Taekwondo. Based
on this right kind of basic pose you can get the walking of right approach,
namely walking of Taekwondo. It is that of one rhythm of a moment.
This walking of one rhythm is simple, so fast, thus sudden, yet looking so
trivial that it goes hidden. Thus it is that of approaching the opponent prior
to his withdrawal. How can you perform this walking? Standing on one leg you
collapse your balance to begin walking, and complete collapse of balance finishes
your walking too. Thus it makes one rhythm. Since you, collapsing balance, attach
movement of legs simultaneously or your leg pushes the body to collapse your
balance, the beginning of walking is swift and abrupt. Walking depends on the
collapse of balance, which means the movement of a whole body.
TAEKWONDO is the principle of fighting technique and that of everything at
the same time, so just as in technique of fighting the movement of center is
important so also in man's talking and etiquette its center, namely the movement
of sincere mind is important. It is the love for man. The Confucianist name
it ‘Sincere Dedication’(Chung-seo,忠恕). Therefore, “the sincere dedication is
not far from the <Do>, and it is not to do to others what you do not like
when done to yourself”1) Through this sincere
dedication you should train yourself how to treat others, and then you can learn
how to move your true mind when you meet others.
Without distinct movement of your center you cannot make success of using techniques
of Kang-Yu, so the principles of Taekwondo that gain supremacy over the opponent
is all the same in everything. Therefore, your words, but for the sincere mind,
cannot persuade your friend despite its splendid expression, and your manner,
unless you have true respect for him, cannot attract his favor despite your
etiquette. You can just avoid his severe hate at most. Accordingly it was said
in The Doctrine of the Mean: “Sincerity is the end and beginning of things;
without sincerity there would be nothing. On this account, the superior man
regards the attainment of sincerity as the most excellent thing.”2)
1) The Doctrine of the Mean, 13-03 忠恕 違道不遠 施諸己而不願 亦勿施於人.
2) The Doctrine of the Mean, 25-02 誠者 物之終始 不誠 無物 是故君子 誠之爲貴.