An attack in Taekwondo begins with moving one’s
mind. Therefore, as a Taekwondo-Een who follows the way
of Haneul (Heaven), you should attack with everything maintained
in its proper position, and you should strike
the opponent with everything of yourself. You must move
and arrange all parts of your body even down to your slightest
Though the tip of a whip moves softly and
slightly it can deliver searing pain to a man’s flesh.
This is so because not only the tip but the entire extended
body of the whip moves in union to generate the slight movement
of its tip. Despite identical beating, the sound of a large
drum is greater and carries further than that of a small
drum due to the wide empty space within, which amplifies
its vibration to a powerful resonance. Without very deliberate
consideration no words can touch another’s heart,
and so the words of a Saint or Prophet differ from those
of a common man. Following such principles, your attack
should strike the opponent with your entire body not merely
with the hands or feet. And it should be performed with
your intention and tide, and not merely with the movement
of muscle and bone.
Accordingly, a correct attack in Taekwondo
means hitting the opponent as a part of the earth if you
are standing on the earth, and hitting him as a part of
the sky if you are in touch with empty space. When you hit
the opponent as a part of the earth your power is like the
impact of the earth, and when you hit him as a part of the
sky your power is like all changes of the universe concentrated
to a point. Therefore, it is possible for you to subdue
your opponent though your size is small and his imposing.
When you attack the opponent you should
first thrust him with your killing spirit; next catch him
with your piercing sight; and finally subdue him with your
motion. The world is the mind. However changeful he may
be he cannot alter as much as the mind; and however speedy
he may be he cannot escape the reach of your sight. Therefore,
there is no one you cannot subdue once you reconcile intention,
sight and movement in one. This is why you can subdue any
opponent with Taekwondo, however speedy he may be.
In touch with the earth when you make a
Taekwondo attack you are merely mediating the power of the
earth in your blow. At this moment you should keep a firm
attachment to the ground, erasing yourself so that you move
with the weight of the whole earth to strike your blow.
The earth is alive. Therefore, in your motion even the smallest
parts help each other in a harmony of delicate vitality.
In touch with empty space, when you make
a Taekwondo attack you exist as a concentration of all the
changes of the universe and as the man who controls it.
At this moment you complete your balance like the essence
of cosmic change, picturing yourself so that you embody
your will in every change to strike with all of them. The
universe lives with freedom. Therefore, every part of your
whole body is to be open and free of all restrictions.
Here you are no different from what you
are not. Your motion is smooth and without angles like a
circle where this part and another part constitute one.
The motion is so quick and sudden that it is unseen and
momentary since it is like a point which is empty where
its being is the same as non-being.
For all of them you as a Taekwondo-Een should
be able to strain all the nerves of your body with the mind
of Mu Nyom Mu Sang – “freedom from all of ideas
and thought” (????[????]), always remaining fully
relaxed. Only then will the opponent fall into opposition
to the world, which you can mediate with harmony since you
are harmonized with his opposition with no opposition.
Your body, which makes all of this possible,
should be so strong that its muscles are tougher than those
of an ox. Your pose, once made, should be as firm as stone.
Your sudden motion should be swifter than a popping spring.
It is certainly not the brittleness of rotting wood but
only the solidity of stone that can mediate the effective
opposition between the earth and your opponent. It is assuredly
not the weak thin thread but only the sturdy leather strap
that can suspend a heavy iron weight.
Since in Taekwondo one should strike the
opponent with everything of oneself, even one’s slightest
motion should include every movement of one’s body.
When you move your entire body with your strike the strength
of the motion is owing to this abundant movement. However,
the motion is also slight
and quick because the entire motion is distributed to and
shared by each part of the body. In addition, since every
part moves together as one the motion is both natural and
invisible. The opponent will be defenseless against