What is the tide that results from the unison of Haneul
(Heaven) and Saram (Man)? Tide is to release the flow of
the spirit that results from the accumulation of the world’s
changes, and the world’s changes include the relationship
between you and your opponent, you and the world, and your
opponent and the world. Therefore, tide is the general flow
of movement to which both you and your opponent belong.
As a Taekwondo-Een you should be capable of adjusting your
tide and its radiation at will. Rather than resisting your
opponent’s tide you should move with it in order to
interrupt its flow.
Then what should the tide of Taekwondo be like? Having
the optimum tide of Taekwondo may be likened to possessing
the spirit to overwhelm a mighty mountain once you begin,
while sinking yourself deep beneath the sea once hidden.
Your tide should be capable of casting aside a boulder when
in a hurry, and embracing everything like a warm spring
wind when tender. It should be like a sharp knife when fierce,
and like virgin wool when soft. When firm, it should remain
steadfast like the earth, while when flexible it should
follow every turn like a young leaf. All of these states
can be attained when you are united with nature without
resistance. You can control all of them in accordance to
its tempo and your breath.
Regarding tide in the relationship between you and your
opponent, it should be like the following: when your opponent
flows in a coercive tide you must not resist it but wait
in tenderness until he is exhausted; when he flows with
a flexible and soft tide, you must scatter its core with
a sharp attack; when he awaits you, you must overwhelm him
before he is prepared; when he flows with a sharp tide then,
avoiding his attack, you must drag and delay to weaken it
and make it dull. However, it is best to keep yourself always
ready with your arranged tide so that whenever you face
him you can stop and beat out his tide before it begins.
It is best to unify your tide and his, riding the whole
so that you may act at will.
The right tide in Taekwondo cannot be attained by a simple
desire to suddenly begin your tide’s flow. Its potential
will be realized only when you have trained your mind and
body in all aspects of your life. Therefore, one must understand
that one’s potential tide in Taekwondo is no different
from one’s own habitual person. No one can surpass
the better tide with a deceptive tide; and no tide of those
who do not obey the changes of nature can await an opponent’s
exhaustion. The Taekwondo-Een who realizes all this never
stops training towards his own self-completion.