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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
5. Saram(Man)

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5-7. Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram()

To emphasize once more, Taekwondo is a martial art, which is <DO> centered on what man intends to do and how he does. Therefore, "Intrinsically the mind is root of everything"1) and the ultimate objective of Taekwondo training is to have the oneness of the way of Haneul and the way of Tang in the way of Saram. Referring to this Cheon Bu Kyeong said Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram[]. You should keep your everything on its proper position(the way of Haneul) having the opponent opposed to the world with your harmonization in it(the way of Tang) in preservation of what you intend to do(the way of Saram) - What on earth could you even want more than that if you get this <Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram> in Taekwondo?

Therefore the sage travels all day without leaving his baggage.2) This is because following only what he intends to do he also stay in the harmony with the world, so he can avoid exhaustion and confusion. This is same with the "following your heart's desire not overstepping the boudaries of the right"3) said by Confucius. Also it was said in The Doctrine of the Mean; It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can give its full development to his own nature, he can do the same to the nature of other men. Able to give its full development to the nature of other men, he can give their full development to the natures of animals and things. Able to give their full development to the natures of creatures and things, he can assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth. Able to assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth, he may with Heaven and Earth form Samjae,4) which has the same meaning. That is to say, to give its full development to his own nature is to form Samjae with Heaven and Earth, which are another expressions of same meaning.

The <Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram> of this kind is to have everything complete through completion of the way of Saram. The method to complete this way of Saram is achievment of the Great Mean. That is, "achieving the Mean is the name for not erring to one side or the other, for being neither too much nor too little,"5) so it is 'the Great Mean' to avoid the extremities of change not erring to one side or the other yet keep its middle.


<footnotes>

1) ݬ衹, .
2) Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 26, .
3) Confucian Analects, LY0204 , ϻ.
4) The Doctrine of the Mean, 22-01 ڪ ڪ ʦ ʦʦ
5) Fung Yu-Lan, The Spirit of Chinese Philosophy, Greenwood Press, Publishers, p.106.

 

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