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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.1  
<<Division 3. Samjae>>


  Chapter 22.
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Keeping Balance of Taekwondo   
 
 

"What's the reason I cannot make progress in ability despite my training of long time?"

"You continue only your favorate training yet dislike to make up for your weak points."


 

What is the balance that appears when Tang(earth) and Saram(man) united? Balance is the stable and calm state obtained when every part well controlled in change. For example, the state that a pair of branches of a scale do not decline in tranquillity as both parts weigh same. And a toy top which spins round does not to fell down but standing in calmness because the forces of declining to this way and of to that way are equally controlled. Balance, which looks same as the state of no movement because of its calmness, is different from no movement. Rather it includes more movements than a simple one: so it is not rest but balance. Thus, balance is wait with movements hidden in the standstill, so good balance refers to readiness that concealed every mobility in a no-movement, i.e. in a standstill perfectly.

Many movements that can be actualized are hidden as possibility, and it is the very standstill. Generally speaking, the movement and the standstill are always open to and relative to each other in the continuous and endless change of everything, and man is between them and he defines as fixed what he wants to do, which generates the particular movement and standstill and distinctive balance. As the balance of Taekwondo is for the sake of his offense and defense centered on himself it is to be unified with mobility when it can spout its possibility hidden inside in a proper way.

Every change relies on a particular no-change. For there can be no absolute change. Thus, a motion, which is a mere pattern of change in your body, also relies on a standstill which is a sort of no-change and the standstill supporting motion generates the tranquillity, which is the balance in motion. Therefore, an unbalanced motion cannot accomplish what it aims while a good motion includes its own tranquillity to stability. This will not only be applied to a motion but also to a static pose which shows no outer movement. For there is no fundamental difference at all in that you make your standstill or motion in control of mind and body although there is only a little difference of motion and standstill in their figures.

There is this kind of balance for sure, which is performed in every changing thing, and each of the balance leads to a change. Motions of Taekwondo also follow this way. So when you shift from standstill to movement you rely much on the balance of your body and when you shift from a motion to another you rely more on the balance of the interrelations between man and a thing, i.e. man and the world.

A motion can be obtained only when a balance collapses to show out its possibility and the balance in its collapse always leads to another balance. If you cannot control this balance you cannot get massive in your control over your opponent and cannot get the power in your attack, and the world will not help you control your body even though you try. Since you as a Taekwondo man consider your balance you try to strengthen your arms whenever you strengthen your legs, and you can hit the close part though you intend to control down the farther part.

When the balance gets perfect, that is, it accumulates most possibility in itself, it can be an important source of power. To say in opposite way, a powerful movement must be a balanced one. We can confirm this principle in everything in the world. The amazing powerfulness of typhoon is possible because its center is calm, which is called "the eye of a typhoon". The fast spinning of a toy top is possible because its center stands not confused in tranquility. Like this, right balance is calm and powerful.

Then what is the most perfect balance? Can there be the most perfect balance? Frankly speaking, there can be no such complete balance in itself. Every balance stands relative to something else. Therefore there is no perfect pose or motion. For balance is an accumulated possibility in a given situation. Therefore, not every balanced state is static. As a toy top can stay in its standing owing to its continuous spinning a balance with no mobility is nothing but an illusion.

In Taekwondo, when you offend or defend your opponent, you should always control balance to keep your tide and to find out his blind point. You as a good Taekwondo man, when you offend, should never be swept off by the opponent's big change yet strike his calm part with a small power breaking his balance. And, when you defend, you, receiving his offense to be nothing, cause his balance with the world to collapse together.

Even though we can find Taekwondo man swaying and his opponent broken together there, the swaying is not a true swaying of confusion. The difference between a ship riding a surf and another wandering swept away by the wave is that the former has its own direction according to the captain rather with the help of the surf whereas the latter loses its direction owing to the changes of a surf. Even if both are same in that they are under influences of waves the difference cannot trivial.

Same with the balance, so stability is not everything of balance, and you can find your ideal balance only in your accomplishment of what you want in motions according to your opponent. This is to make harmony of the way of Saram which implies not losing yourself and of the way of Tang which implies the harmony with the changeful world.

 

 

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