What is Taekwondo Philosophy?
there philosophy in Taekwondo? If it were, where is it in Taekwondo? Many scholars
have been commenting the philosophy of Taekwondo. Most of them tried to find
the Taekwondo philosophy in the traditional philosophy of Orient. So they researched
the philosophies of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism trying to apply their
contents to Taekwondo. Then what did they obtain? They produced only Taekwondo
decorated with difficult and sophisticated terms of oriental philosophy, which
had nothing of actual and essential Taekwondo left. I can give you simple good
reason why. None of Confucius, Buddha or Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu talked about
Is there philosophy in Taekwondo?
If it existed, and if it were true Taekwondo philosophy, it
must be found nowhere else than in Taekwondo. I believe it is the principle
that consists in motions of Taekwondo. And this book Philosophical Principles
of Taekwondo presents its some detailed contents.
Taekwondo philosophy should be established following this order:
At first we should get the full understanding on Taekwondo itself.
And we have to investigate its philosophical principles. Then, searching appropriate
terms to conceive it, if we come to realize a traditional oriental philosophy
has similar or same contents, then we can have good reason to apply its terms
and logical scheme to Taekwondo.
If we are to compare good Taekwondo philosophy to a suit, which
fits you, made of clothes from another one, the load of improper concepts, which
has nothing to do with Taekwondo in spite of many oriental philosophical terms
pinned artificially on the title of "Taekwondo", will be like another's
suit only with your nameplate. Your nameplate, however, cannot make that unfitted
suit fit you.
Therefore, Taekwondo philosophy is what is conceived of the
philosophical, constant principle that is immanent in motions of Taekwondo.
We can often see those who define Taekwondo philosophy as only
spiritual tenets. But it is also one of results from understandings on Taekwondo.
Philosophical principle of Taekwondo can be applied equally to both activities
of mind and of body. So its philosophical principle is same regardless whether
it concerns mind or body. You will be able to see it in this book. I think it
is one of the most pervasive mistakes resulted from efforts of applying irrelevant
philosophy artificially to Taekwondo, that many scholars have been confining
Taekwondo philosophy within mental tenets. It is almost same as you cut off
your arms and legs to fit another's suit on your body.
Therefore the ideal Taekwondo philosophy should explain both
motion and spirit of Taekwondo at once. And it should be able to explain the
relation of spirit and motion. This book will achieve this task by showing principles
of spirit and motion are same in that they have same formality.
Taekwondo philosophy is what is conceived of philosophical principles
immanent in both spirit and motion, and it is simple. Just as every Taekwondo
man shows in his motion.
1. What is Taekwondo Philosophy?
What is the Philosophical Principle of Taekwondo(PPT)?
What are the Relations between Taekwondo Philosophy and Traditional Oriental Philosophy
What Concepts of Oriental Philosophy to Explain Taekwondo Philosophy?
What Constitutes the Entire Contents of PPT? (Rough Contents)
What Are the Basic Theoretical Schemes of Taekwondo Philosophy?
What is Taekwondo?