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

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5-9. Self Discipline()

The ultimate destination of Taekwondo training is to control yourself, so its ideology is the self disciplin. Buddha said, engineers (who build canals and aqueducts) lead the water (wherever they like), fletchers make the arrow straight, carpenters carve the wood; wise people fashion (discipline) themselves1) ; Confucius also said in archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself"2) ; also Lao tsu said he who conquers others has physical strength. He who conquers himself is strong.3) It means buddhism, confucianism and taoism share the self discipline. In addition to that this ideology of self discipline is not only confined within the realm of noble ethics but also it can be the root of concrete happiness or disaster, so Mencius said There is neither good nor bad fortune which man does not bring upon himself.4) Accordingly from the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the self discipline of the person the root of everything besides5) since old time.

The main key of this self-discipline can be said to be "To subdue your self and return to propriety"(кݥ)6) Then, what is it to subdue your self? It is verily not to do what you desire to do yet that you ought not do and to do what you dislike to do yet that you ought to do, namely the self-discipline. Then, what is it to return to propriety? It is make it temperate to reveal what you intend to do with expression fit for what others intend to do, namely the harmony.

You should harmonize your training and your life with this ideology of self-discipline. Thus, the outer figure of Taekwondo man's life is his training while his inner living attitude is the self-discipline. It means, it is through the ideology of self-discipline that the entire training gets temperate with the balance of its inside and out and its first and last. And then, the training gets harmony to the life. It is the same meaning as was said, as the wind does not throw down a rocky mountain, so devil indeed does not overthrow him who lives unmindful of pleasures, well controlled in his senses, moderate in eating, full of farith, and of high vitality7) By contrary the training of the sort that ruin the life cannot last long. So it come to fail after all. This is your training's losing the balance to your life, which is the result from that you, driven by your avarice, know only its terminals without its root .

Therefore, if you keep sincere and temperate be the ideology of self-discipline in training your entire life will be balanced and firm, so that your enemy will disappear before your use of technique, which is the result of your training. In this way you can win him without a fight. Like this, it is the TAEKWONDO to get a victory with no fight, of which the foundation is Ilgiyae. That is to say, while you use it in momentary performance you can get it only after your steady training of long time in daily life.(Ch.57) It is grounded upon this that you can get a victory over your opponent with no fight with him. Furthermore, it is TAEKWONDO by itself to prevent a fight with your opponent, which is also verily the Ilgiyae of the big and the small.

In this manner, you can achieve right development of yourself through the self-discipline. The right development is the harmony of the inside and out, and the balance of you and others. Thus you as a man don't stay there yet advance toward a certain objective This is what is meant by the way of Saram(Man). To follow the way of Saram is totally to seek what you intend to do, namely, the activeness. Therefore, he who acts with vigor along <Do> has will.8)


<footnotes>

1) Dharmapada, 80.
2) The Doctrine of the Mean, 14-05 ϴ.
3) Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 33. , ˭.
4) Mencius, Book II, Part A, 4; ϴ.
5) The Great Learning, 00-06 .
6) LY1201 . , "кݥ. кݥ, .
7) Dharmapada, 8: κ ե ߣ.
8) Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 33. ˭.

 

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