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

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4-5. To Deceive Yourself First

To discuss the way of Tang in mind, it is the way of Tang to deceive yourself first prior to your opponent. To deceive yourself first in motion is to move prior to your own recognition. If you move prior to your own recognition your opponent, who reacts to it, cannot recognize it harder.1)

Two things are required first in order to be able to deceive yourself first in technique; first, the mind of Mu-Nyom-Mu-Sang(), and second, daily training that enables this mind. Let me repeat, the complete accomplishment of the way of Haneul makes achievement of the way of Tang. Relying on this, you should deceive yourself first along the way of Tang, so you can precede your opponent's motiom without hesitation after all. Then you can make motions of no rhythm.

To deceive yourself first is to move prior to your conscious thinking, so it is to think not with your mind but with your body, and to think with your motion, so it is to make the motion itself be thinking. Intrinsically to do Taekwondo is not to think with only ideas in brain but to think with whole body, so rather, to have your motion be thought itself. Taekwondo must be in the very thinking with body, hand and foot, and activity, then in stopping thoughts composed of only ideas with representations, which are mere operation of concepts separated from reality.(Ch.10)

In this way, if you perform the motions without thinking by means of complete deception of yourself and your motion itself become thought, your self will be erased in your consciousness. As you cannot recognize your motion first, your opponent cannot see your motion harder. This way, he cannot find you. It is meant by, First I erase my mind, all thoughts,/ Then I erase my actions and/ Finally my body./ Ultimately, when all is wiped out/ I can merge into my opponent's intent gaze./ I would be everywhere, yet/ I cannot be found.2) This is erasing myself. And that's what I mean when saying erasing myself, it includes not only forgetting everything of yourelf but also even having yourself not exist.(Ch.9)


<footnotes>

1) This is one of another expressions of "minding skill of Pointing-way-of-legendary-hermit".
2) "That I Clench My Fist", Sec. 2.

 

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