Performed correctly, TAEKWONDO does not discriminate between
your own motion and that of the opponent. Samjae, which
composes change in the ways of Haneul, Tang, and Saram,
also resolves itself into such non-distinction. Therefore,
a good Taekwondo-Een always moves together with his opponent.
The motion may be unseen. In transcendental motion movement
and stasis are the same and beyond distinction, therefore
the complete truth of Taekwondo also stands beyond distinction.
In this case, the Taekwondo-Een’s mind as he faces
his opponent is a transcendentally vacant one. One’s
mind, rather than being filled with the conviction of vanquishing
the opponent, is erased by it. This complete emptying of
the mind with confidence and conviction so that even one’s
own sense of self is overcome is called “Erasing
Erasing oneself as a Taekwondo-Een ends by allowing one
to view the self, the opponent, and all else, not with the
eyes but with the mind. This is possible because mind and
body are ultimately no different and they harmonize with
all of life. Therefore, when you as a Taekwondo-Een view
your opponent with your erased self you will perceive him
with your intuitive mind. Only then can you engage him with
your whole body. In this way, as you see everything of your
opponent you can place him in yourself, and as he is already
within you, you can move with him.
You must always see your opponent. When you cease to see
him he moves out of reach of your attack and surprises your
defenses. On the other hand, you should always keep moving
so that he cannot see you. When you can move where he cannot
see you but you can see him, then you can grasp his HeoSil
moving into the best position in relation to him.
When you practice Taekwondo correctly you can see your
opponent under any condition because you ‘are’
and your opponent also ‘is’. It is Do that harmoniously
penetrates every being. By understanding correct TAEKWONDO
you can see everything of your opponent. You can feel him
as much as see him; and if you view him in the correct way
you can perceive everything of him.
This perception is accompanied by the proper motion that
precedes thought. It is like placing your hand in a basin
of water. The water at first recedes and then moves in and
contours itself around every corner and crevice of your
submerged hand, and then, when the hand is withdrawn, it
immediately flows away, flowing into all gaps. Thus, you
can feel who your opponent is, what he thinks, and the level
of his strength. This kind of knowledge of Taekwondo is
non-distinctive; so, even if he can deceive your thoughts,
he cannot deceive your motion, which moves as one with him.
Water. The motion of Taekwondo must flow like water with
the opponent . Water, which recedes in exact proportion
to whatever is placed in it, never too much nor too little.
Likewise, water flows immediately in to fill the gap left
by anything withdrawn from it, never too much but only to
the exact degree of the emptied space.
Imitating the qualities of water, the motion of Taekwondo
draws back only to such a degree as the opponent’s
attack cannot reach you whatsoever it might be. Once you
find an opportunity, you again move in your proper tide
but only to its precise degree. What more do you need to
protect yourself and subdue your opponent than such a motion
harmonized with him? The ideal distance, tide, and balance
in Taekwondo are to be found in this harmonious interplay
with the opponent.
As a Taekwondo-Een moving as one with your opponent, how
should your mind be set? Do not hesitate. Empty your mind
and yet be resolved. Then erase your decision and follow
it through to the end. The time, during which you seek for
a chance to attack in front of your opponent, stops in a
moment! You should be able to throw yourself to him. If
you do not throw yourself in danger you cannot be stronger,
and if you are not stronger you cannot subdue your opponent.
Throwing yourself to him is equal to throwing him to you.
Only then it will be possible for you to move together with
What is the reason that you can make good decision by way
of no hesitation? It is because in Taekwondo you do not
think only with your ideas but with your entirety to the
harmony in accordance with the world. And it is also because
you build right thoughts in the course of training preserving
them in your instinctive motion through repetition. Thus,
we can find no luck in every momentary victory or defeat.
If you do not throw yourself off you cannot rescue yourself
either. When you throw yourself to your opponent in the
spirit of penetrating him with all of yours you will be
able to subdue him at a good distance breaking the flow
of his in an overwhelming tide after all. You should throw
your entirety to him whenever you hit him for the sake of
this doing both of throwing and rescuing yourself at once.
To be able to hit your opponent you should also go into
the distance where he can hit you, and in order to catch
him you first go into the distance where he can also catch
you. To be able to see him you cannot help going to where
he can also see you. To put yourself where you can strike
him while he cannot strike you under same condition, and
to have him unable to see you while you can see him; it
is TAEKWONDO which includes your continuous and endless
motion that moves together with the opponent. It is your