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

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  4-7-1. Faults in Training

I said you have to abandon the faulty method of training, and you can find your faults of Taekwondo training with three kinds of contemplation about yourself and three kinds of reflection about your training.

Firstly, you should contemplate if you feel confident to surpass your opponent. Secondly, you should contemplate if you rely not on your strength and speed but on the principles. Thirdly, you should contemplate if your technique is not attached to a principle but free from it. These are the three kinds of contemplations.

On the other hand, you have to reflect if your training overworks your body. At the same time you have to reflect if the training is hard enough. In addition, you have to reflect if your technique and spirit are being improved. These are the three kinds of reflection about your training.

If you cannot stop the faulty training it's because you cling to something in it. What do you cling to? You cling to pleasure trivial yet close to you. Because of this, you come to lose the pleasure farther yet great. It's why you are not wise. The buddha said, "If, by surrendering a pleasure of little worth one sees a larger pleasure, the wise man will give up the pleasure of little worth, and look to the larger pleasure."1) Like this, if you continue faulty training with attachment you come to accumulate bad habits, and after all, you come to fail in controling over your opponent.

You can find some characteristics of those faulty trainings. They are convenient to begin, yet uncomfortable to continue for long time. And also are they easy at the beginning, yet make no improvement despite long practice. And they seem to be fast, yet you cannot increase its speed later, which is because it includes unnecessary excrescence. "So long as an evil deed does not bear fruit, the fool thinks that it is like honey; but when it bears fruit, then the fool suffers grief."2) In the same way, the attachment to faulty training will bring you only suffering from defeat after all.

In the extremity of following right way it is verily the way of Tang to know the non-distinctive reality over every kinds of distinction, i.e. to master in yourself Ilgiyae as TAEKWNODO. It has been told, "things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their states were rightly governed. Their states being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy."3) In the same manner, In the same manner, after you know theories of Kang-Yu you can understand the importance of Samjae; after you know Samjae you can get the profoundness in technique; only with the profoundness of technique you can control over your opponent; after you are able to control over your opponent you can feel free in mind; and after you feel free in your mind you can recognize truth. In the ultimate step you have only non-distinctive Ilgiyae, thus all of distinctions of Samjae and Kang-Yu and difference in various techniques are just expedient means for this Ilgiyae as TAEKWONDO. Thus "shall you think of all this fleeting world: /A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;/ A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,/ A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream./ So you ought to observe this reality in contemplation."4)


<footnotes>

1) Dharmapada 290. گ ̸.
2) 69. Φڱ Ҹӿ .
3) ʡ, 00-05 ڪ̫ ʫ ʫ .
4) Diamond Sutra, 32a. , , , κ.

 

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