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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
6. Ilgiyae

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6-4. Training of Ilgiyae

How can you get this one skillart? "So you should not be attached to things as being possessed of, or devoid of, intrinsic qualities."1) It means, you should stop the attachment to transcend. Where to transcend? Its direction is to inside of life. This transcendence to inside of life will give you "doing both of transcendence and attachment of victory and defeat"(Ch.16), and it's because you can also find the attachment inside of the life.

On the other hand, Lao Tzu said, "The great <Do> flows everywhere. It may go left or right."2) and "always without desires, it may be called The Small."3) In this manner, <Do> is close by us. Or rather, we are always with <Do>. Because of this reason, "this motion of Taekwondo is nothing more rather than an action of daily life, which has been repeated and skilled in the long process, so, everything unnecessary is to disappear worn out."(Ch.40) Therefore, you should seek Ilgiyae through training, and control it with daily action.

The training of Taekwondo is like sharpening a blade. <A traditional scene of making a sword in Korea>

Like this, the process of Taekwondo training is just like that of sharpening a blade. In order to make a blade sharp you should whet dull piece of steel for long time, remove every thing unnecessary worn away. No more than you can complete sharpening a blade whetting it only several times you can get the skillart of Taekwondo only by several times of training; no more than you can get a good sharp blade without care of the straight arrangement of its edge you can accomplish the skillart without your careful selection of the right ways; and no more than you can continue to whet a knife for long time without your desire for a sharp blade you cannot get the Ilgiyae of Taekwondo without sincerity to cultivate yourself.4)

Because the daily action is not different from the ultimate skill of Taekwondo you cannot fine something particular. Therefore it is vacant. This is said of being empty. Therefore, "What does the Wise know more of?/ He knows emptiness of/ both Taekwondo and himself."5) That's all.

Understanding all of these will show you the clear truth in it, so, when you are deeply awakened of it you will feel the world brighter suddenly as if you look up a great light.6) Then your ways of Haneul and Tang will be same as one in what you intend to do, which is verily the <Oneness of Haneul and Tang in Saram>.7)


<footnotes>

1) Diamond Sutra, 6. ͺ ު.
2) Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 34, Գ, ʦ,
3) Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 34. , ʦ٣.
4) You can see Samjae here, too; it is the way of Haneul to whet a blade for long time and it is the way of Tang to arrange it along straight line since it is distinction. The sincerity of sharpening a blade is the way of Saram because it is intending to do something.
5) "Tightening a Black Bet On a White Uniform", Taebaek.
6) ݬ衹, ٥.
7) ݬ衹: .

 

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