6. How to Weapon
Able to Discard Weapon
Let me tell you a truth. Life is a lethal
weapon unto itself.
Your weapon is the part of yourself that can most easily attack the
opponent and that can best fend off his attack. Otherwise, your weapon
immediately ceases to be a weapon. Therefore, the weapon should be able
to be discarded whenever required. You should not attach yourself to
it. It is wiser to subdue your opponent with discarding a sword than
to fail attached to it, and more desirable to preserve your life at
the cost of an arm than to keep an arm at the cost of your life.
Not only sword, spear, hand or foot; but everything of Taekwondo can
be a weapon, so it is the very nature of correct Taekwondo to follow
the right way with attachment to nothing. This is the great freedom
of no form. This is the same as what Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu have taught.
On the other hand, since it can be likened to the joy of passionless
and attachment-less Nirvana ()
it is also the same as what the Buddha has taught. These are both a
part and the entirety of Taekwondo. When you are attached to no weapon
you can be independent of any, and ultimately gain them all. You can
possess all only by embracing non-possession (Mu-soyu, ???).
Thus, the great freedom of not clinging to any single weapon is one
of Taekwondo’s weapons itself, and life itself is a weapon, too.
Therefore, the perfect weapon should not be out of your life but in
your life, in your mind, and ultimately in yourself. Taekwondo itself
is always a perfect weapon whenever needed. By making yourself a Taekwondo-Een
you become a perfect weapon too.