When as a Taekwondo-Een you have your opponent opposed
to the world while you are harmonized to it, your will shall
move him and your body shall move the world. Thus, when
you punch or kick him your body will subdue him as a part
of the world. How is it possible that you are harmonized
in a contrary relationship between his body and your weapon?
It is possible based upon the same principle whereby the
action of a stick beating a drum creates a single harmonious
The characteristics of all the perfectly skilled motions
of Taekwondo, and of its attacks and defenses, are not found
in its infinite power but in its capacity to properly subdue
the opponent and rearrange all things to their appropriate
positions. This can also be understood in relation to the
way of Haneul (Heaven) within and without Taekwondo; and
its other name is “the Great Mean”. Beating
a drum is nothing but having a drumstick hit it, but since
this is also related to the principle that enables a good
motion to make harmonious use of power in every sufficient
pose. Not obeying this principle, beating the drum will
prove difficult and even the most enthusiastic action will
fail to produce a harmonious sound. How truer must this
be so concerning movements of Taekwondo intended to subdue
the changeful opponent? Attacking with excessive force,
you may destroy yourself in the process. Likewise, if you
fail to convert your opponent’s force into your own
you will both shudder under the shock.
For these reasons, all who practice Taekwondo must endeavor
to regulate themselves before attempting to regulate another,
endeavor to restrain themselves before attempting to subdue
another, and make an effort to overcome themselves before
attempting to overcome another. Since Taekwondo engenders
the Taekwondo-Een with a positive outlook on life, one should
not protest that the world does not assist, but rather change
and adapt oneself to the world for one’s own success.
Without such adaptation no one can attain the ultimate TAEKWONDO.
Concerning the way of self-perfection, bear in mind the
Do of the great mean, which does not reveal itself outwardly.
By pursuing this way in Taekwondo, though you may not always
be able to conquer the opponent, you will always avoid being
subdued by him. Truly, it is in the coexistence of you and
your opponent that you may attain the eternal victory of