Filling Mind Having It Empty
"What is important and what is trivial?"
"Principle is important while technique
is trivial; Basic is important while application trivial; What's permanent is
important while what changes is trivial."
Your self is your mind, and is your body. When emptying and filling your body, you should relax it completely, erasing all the unnecessary force yet filling it with the living vitality. And thus emptying and filling your mind you should delete all kinds of idle thoughts and attached passions yet fill it only with self-convictions that you can surpass the opponent. You must never fear anything in any case. No matter whether you've reached a life or a death, it is nothing more than what it is, and the fear is required for nothing. If you were not killed even when you failed in kyorugi you would be disgraceful and ashamed, but the fear will not be helpful either. Your mind cannot be fully fully emptied nor fully filled owing to this excrescent fear, which is what breaks the calmness of your mind. This fear is of yourself reflected on the opponent's being. To erase this completely is to make TAEKWONDO perfect.
Only when you succeeded in the complete erasion of your fear it is possible to do Taekwondo in the complete union of you and the world. Therefore, Taekwondo man never fear nor worry anything, yet just reflect deliberately, plan, get harmonized with and overcome it. Let me remark upon a prevailed fault of the not-fearing mind. It is the confusion between the conviction that you can surpass your opponent and the obsession that you have to surpass him. A conviction differs from an obsession. An obsession oppresses your mind, because it is merely a camouflaged fear whereas a conviction just makes your mind comfortable and free with no restriction. It is the very emptied fullness.
From what can you get the conviction that you can get control over the opponent when you face him? You can get it from the confirmation and the assurance that you are stronger than he is. Then, what is the basis of this confirmation and the assurance? It is only your clear knowledge that your whole is stronger than his whole even though he might be more aggressive than you are or his skill might excel yours or his power might be superior to yours. This strongness is the never-broken sword which is to be made up through the self-strengthening in hardness and difficulty. Only the self-strengthening makes it no matter whether it may be the strongness of mind or of body. That your whole is strong can be obtained when your whole life is built up in sincerity and positivity through transcendental disciplines.
The true self-confidence is also to be obtained when you find infinite possibilities after continuous self-mastering. The courage cannot be true unless it comes with this confidence and conviction from training and exercise. Your right mental attitude cannot be without an exact observation of what you are, which shows you an actual aspect of Taekwondo man's true courage. It is the accordance of reality and ought and its name is "Sincerity". If your mind, emptied with courage, were not filled with sincerity you can get nothing even though you lose nothing. A tiger also does its best even when it pursues a mere rabbit. A courage, when it didn't come from the confidence based on sincere training, is nothing but a self-conceit, which may lead all the people to misfortunes.
You as a strong Taekwondo man think in right ways, act morally and train yourself of Taekwondo sincerely to overcome your own limits, always in your life. And you harmonize all of them. Accordingly, when you are opposed to your opponent he gets weaker because he lacks the harmony in himself, and this is also the reason why he comes to get opposed to you, a Taekwondo man. The enemy of Taekwondo is always not the opponent but only his vice. The actual yet momentary excellence of an opponent, who is weak because he is vicious, is to be surpassed by a Taekwondo who goes beyond his own limits. This is also a way of how you control your life according to <Do>. The world beyond victory of the right is but in vain. Isn't it an irony that the basis of the strongly assured confidence arises from the knowledge that the world is empty.