In order to seize your opponent’s
center and subdue him, you should avoid his full parts and
attack his blind spot. The blind spot can mean a crack in
his pose, a crevice in his motion, a bend of his mind or
a disordered aspect of his life. Where can you see the opponent’s
blind spot? There are three types of blind spots according
to their respective source: mind, pose and motion. Thus
we refer to them as blind spots of mind, pose and motion.
First, you can find your opponent’s blind spot where
his mind is scattered or it slants to one side. The biased
mind is one with a distorted view that fails to judge all
things fairly. If he is careless you can discern a blind
spot just there. Likewise, if he clings to a certain intention
you can discover a blind spot behind it. Therefore, as a
Taekwondo-Een you should by all means make certain that
there is neither slantedness nor scatteredness in your own
Second, you can find your opponent’s blind spot where
his pose collapses or is scattered. The scattered pose is
a biased and inharmonious one in which each part will be
at odds with the others and the crevice amidst such cracked
functions creating a blind spot. Therefore, you should always
make efforts in your daily training to maintain a good pose
and through such sound poses to always maintain an upright
Third, you can find your opponent’s blind spot in
between his moves, for his pose slants and his mind becomes
scattered between motions. The scattered mind represents
the scattered life. Therefore you ought to make no unnecessary
movement between moves, delete any idle thoughts so that
your life is never scattered.
Let me now explain when and how to attack the opponent.
As soon as you discern his blind spot, using your closest
weapon you must strike with single-minded concentration.
However, there are cases where one should not attack even
with the opponent’s blind spot in sight. These cases
are divided into three types. First, one should not attack
the crevice between his movements if his pose remains intact.
Second, one should not attack the opponent when his mind
remains concentrated, even though his pose may have collapsed.
Third, one should not attack an opponent whose mind is harmonized
in a larger perspective, even though it may seem confused.
The above three types of blind spots are termed “filled
blind spots”. The first is called “full motion”,
the second “deceiving pose”, and the third “emptied
mind”. To attack an opponent’s blind spot unaware
of the presence of such filled blind spots is to fail for
certain. To attack an opponent between movements when in
actuality his pose remains intact is to fail to catch him.
To be deceived by a seemingly scattered pose while his mind
remains focused and to attack is to invite counterattack.
Finally, to attack an opponent of emptied mind who presents
himself as scattered is to fall into his trap.
How then does one recognize a filled blind spot? As a Taekwondo-Een
you can and must simply feel it. Taekwondo is a world beyond
a distinctive thought. When you distinguish your opponent’s
blind point that thought is a non-distinctive one. Standing
before him you empty your mind, erasing everything between
you and him. Erasing yourself totally results in accepting
everything of his and confirming things by instinctive feeling.
Such feelings are learnt by Taekwondo-ifying your life and
your being. By emptying one’s mind one eliminates
all possibility of falsity. Where do you establish all of
this? Nowhere less than everywhere in your life. Without
continuous training there can be no distinction beyond distinction.