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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.1  
<<Division 2. Principles>>


  Chapter 25.
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Attacking Center of Opponent   
 
 

"How can I avoid the deception of my opponent?"

"You should observe his life."


 

There is a right direction your attack should follow in the motion of Taekwondo that includes you in the harmony with your opponent. As your opponent's center refers to that of his motion and of his life you shaking the center can cut the flow of his changes, you oppressing it can suppress his motions and you penetrating it can capably kill him.

Man's body is so mysterious that you can get control over your opponent's whole body only controlling over a finger of his and can fell him down only hitting a small part of his. Although it is not easy to attack his center it is always possible to connect your attack of the easiest point to that of his center. The opponent's center is on the closest place to you when you face him in TAEKWONDO, so if you can see it you can also know that it is closer than his any other parts.

In this manner, there are some spots that come from the core to almost every parts of the opponent so that you can oppress it to control him and we call these spots "vital points". These vital spots spread everywhere on man's body along to the way of Yin and Yang, which makes man's body extremely week on one hand while it is extremely strong at the same time on the other hand. This sort of harmony is originated from that the whole can be found in every part however small it might be, in life of man.

As stated many times, life is by all means a self-process for survival. At the end we can reach through various processes we can find not the completion yet rather another beginning toward all of them, the whole of which is the ultimate figure of life. Therefore, there can be no completion is life. In this sort of life there is no mystery on one hand with no distinction between mystery and no mystery on the other hand, thus there is no discerning between life and no life. Because the life has such a figure this supports the reason why the essence of life is continuous change on one hand and why 64th Kwae1) of ends up not with Su Hwa Ki Jae() but with Hwa Su Mi Jae() on the other hand.2)

Like this, a life means continuous change and this kind of change is called "Growth". A seed grows to be a big tree blooming its flowers to make the seeds again in the fruit only because a life grows continuously. This whole shows the figure of a life. Therefore, a seed is not the figure of life, neither is a big tree, nor is the flower. The true figure of a life is what changes in variety from one to another and what is not something else but keeps itself as it is always, thus the very continuous change toward itself, that's all.

Everything in a change, thus everything alive - no matter whether it might be a seed or a big tree - contains all of them, therefore we can say that a life includes each part in the whole and the whole in each part. This is the figure of the living itself. Since the figure of TAEKWONDO is essentially same with that of a life each part of Taekwondo includes the whole and the whole also includes each part again. The figure of the living itself cannot but be same with that of a life. In Taekwondo each part and the whole are same and different at once. These facts are all the same in an instant or in eternity.

Since TAEKWONDO has the same figure as that of growing life its motion of attacking the opponent's center in an instant also should change continuously. Repeated motion with no change makes Taekwondo unable to be harmonized with your life, which grows moment by moment, and with the world, which also changes moment by moment, so it reveals your blind points to the opponent, which results that you will be defeated and surpassed finally. All of them can be due to getting out of TAEKWONDO even in an instant.

Therefore, living Taekwondo attacks the opponent's center with its boundless change. Water can flow down to the bottom because it never sticks to a fixed shape as it passes through various obstacles and it never stops its endless changes, while a life can survive because it has been evolved in the very long history of the nature. Taekwondo in the eternal time also grows with the life, thus no man can define the true figure of TAEKWONDO in his shape no matter what figure he may get. TAEKWONDO is hidden in the continuous change of man's appearance, and it breathes with the life.


<footnotes>

1) Here, Kwae is Korean reading of "hexagrams". Since the number of all hexagrams is 64, we come to say '64 kwae'.
2) "Su Hwa Ki Jae" implies "finished already with water over fire." It is the implication of 63rd Kwae(hexagram) of I Ching. You must here note that this 63rd Kwae is not the last one, which though implies "finished already". Then what is the next(and the 'last') kwae? It is "Hwa Su Mi Jae" and its implication is "Not yet finished with fire over water". Although it is the last one, it is not finished yet. Rather it is not finished because it begins again, like every change that lasts forever. My text also suggests same point.

 

 

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