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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
7. Kang-Yu

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7-3-3. Use of Kang-technique

What you have to concentrate first in the use of Kang-technique is neither your strength nor your motion. According your mind with your motion; this is what you have to do first in Kang-technique. Accordance is the objective form of concentration, i.e. the figure of concentration. No accordance no concentration.

The objective fact of the accordance of mind and motion depends on the subjective fact of the concentration of mind in training. Thus, Taekwondo training comes to concentrate on the controlling mind. Owing to this reason you can achieve Kang-technique sometimes without concentration of strength and weight, of which the figure is more the sharpness than the hardness. That is, it is the sharpness that is the quality of the technique you come to make only with concentration of mind without that of strength and weight.

Since intrinsically mind is the root of everything,1) it has been said "when the mind is not present, we look and do not see; we hear and do not understand; we eat and do not know the taste of what we eat."2) Therefore, none of Taekwondo technique can be a right one without movement of mind. This is why sharpness belongs to Kang-technique.

<What you have to concentrate first in the use of Kang-gi is neither your strength nor your motion but your mind>

For accordance of mind and motion mind and pose should be in accord. When you make no motion your pose becomes conditon of your technique while when you make some motion the pose in it become the root of power of the technique. Therefore, "its abundant power comes/ not from the strong muscles/ but from the temperateness through a good exact pose."3) Kang-gi can be a technique, not merely using strength only, not only because it enables you to concentrate your strength on his weak point but also because you can obtain the strength not from your muscular force but from your pose. Therefore, pose is technique. I mean, the technique of Kang-gi is not in motions but rather in exact poses inside motions. This is why you have to learn Taekwondo poses at first when you begin your training of Taekwondo.

If you have got the accordance of mand and motion you have to accord your pose with your motion. I mean you keep exact poses in your motion. So you should be able to make exact pose at the end of your motion naturally. One explanation about this Kang-technique is "Making Little Movement Big Relyng on <Do>"(Ch.36).

 


<footnotes>

1) ݬ衹, .
2) The Great Learning, 07-02 ̸ ڤ ګ.
3) "Tightening a Black Bet On a White Uniform", <Chokwon>

 

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