|Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2||
The technical end of the approach to your opponent, namely the way of Tang
is the Matbutem(keeping touched) to him. With this Matbuteum you can avoid yourself
to his inside controling over him from his inside at once. At the same time,
however, you also can be controled over by him, so it is very difficult.
If your opponent knows when to discard(Ch.44), in Matbuteum to him it is dangerous for you to rely on only its outer appearance. Ultimately in order to go forth to inside of him you should adapt yourself to his change continuously. Buddha said: ¡°You must not be content to stay in this burning house of the threefold world! Do not be greedy for its coarse and shoddy forms, sounds, scents, tastes and sensation! If you become attached to them and learn to love them, you will be burned up!"2) which has no difference from the case of using techniques of Taekwondo.
As stated in the foregoing what the way of Tang means is to keep yourself to the objective that you intend to get, thus, it is not to avoid the danger that threaten you, so you should devote your Matbuteum only to its principle, yet you must not be attached to visible appearance. Therefore TAEKWONDO is the invisible principle that can be sought through motions.
By means of this Matbuteum you can find the distance of being far from him yet close from you. Conversely, to get this distance of Taekwondo(Ch.20) is the main key for using technique of Matbuteum. Any of keeping your wrist touched to the opponent's in Tai Chi Chuan, or pushing his trunk down continuously in Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu can be an example of this Matbuteum.
1) The first difficulty is the fear.