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<Ilyeo>

Taekwondo is not rules but principles.
Taekwondo is not substance but essence.
Taekwondo is not distinction but harmony.
Therefore
With my fists up in front of eyes
Erasing one by one
Shapeless traces in my mind,
I feel
The stars twinkling over my head,
And even a small clamshell
Floating by the wave of far seashore,
All of which are the same.
So I feel,
I'm not different from the opponent
And my motion is his thought.
Thus in the harmony of every sameness(Illyeo)
I avoid his attack with a feeling and
In accordance of his movement,
Which is neither control nor containment,
Yet not attack nor defence,
But just keeping in my own way,
Where there's nothing alive nor dead.
The whole in this One cannot be said,
So
I feel,
Everything stays different from one another
In the harmony of all sameness(Illyeo).


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