5-4. Saram in Mind
To discuss the way of Saram in mind, it is the way of
Saram to preserve what you intend to do following the ways of both Haneul and
Tang; so, to seek his blind points, keeping continuous attack on them. Originally
the way of Saram is "not losing what you want to do", so it's meaning
in Taekwondo is to protect yourself with control over the opponent, i.e. not
losing continuous attack and defence. It's inner spirit is nothing but tactics,
and every kind of tactics is based on intention to deceive the opponent.
Thus Sun Tsu also said; "All warfare is based on
deception. Therefore, when capable of attacking, feign incapacity; when active
in moving troops, feign inactivity. When near the enemy, make it seem that you
are far away; when far away, make it seem that you are near. Hold out baits
to lure the enemy. Strike the enemy when he is in disorder. Prepare against
the enemy when he is secure at all points. Avoid the enemy for the time being
when he is stronger. If your opponent is of choleric temper, try to irritate
him. If he is arrogant, try to encourage his egotism. If the enemy troops are
well prepared after reorganization, try to wear them down. If they are united,
try to sow dissension among them. Attack the enemy where he is unprepared, and
appear where you are not expected. These are the keys to victory for a strategist.
It is not possible to formulate them in detail beforehand."
On the other hand, I said the mind to deceive yourself
was important in the way of Tang. In what is it different from the mind to deceive
the opponent of the way of Saram? To point out its actual focus, the mind to
deceive yourself in the way of Tang is 'erasing yourself' not less than 'deceiving
yourself'. You should continue the right hard training stubbornly to follow
the way of Haneul, so as to get rid of fear in yourself, then through repetition
of technique you can remove your intention that precedes your motion. This is
verily a meaning of erasing yourself. Then, the opponent cannot help being deceived
by you because you, who he sees through, are deceived first along the way of
Saram. In this way, the way of Saram accords with that of Tang in technique.
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