Taekwondo that moves with the harmony of point, straight
line and circle is in itself an art. What is art? Art is
the activity of pursuing beauty and its results. Then what
Ultimately beauty is derived from life and is conceived by life,
and so beauty is nothing but a life’s perception of itself
by way of another living thing. Beauty consists in the mutual sympathetic
response between an intentional subject and its continuous pursuit
of something; rather than simply in the object itself or the simple
perception of it. Therefore, when one says something is beautiful
the beauty in that something’s essence is not innate, not
in the thing itself, but in one’s reaction to it. We may say
that flowers are beautiful but their beauty finds life only in the
attitude of the man who feels such beauty. An attitude is potential
action. The beauty in the essence of Taekwondo resides not in its
figure itself but in you yourself practicing it. Such is it with
dance as well.
As this is a general characteristic of beauty, the beauty of a
striking piece of an art exists not in the very artwork itself but
in your reaction to viewing it. Likewise, when you hear a moving
piece of music, its power to move resides in your reaction to hearing
it. Art is not something that exists in itself but something that
is pursued, it is not an object but an activity.
Because beauty is essentially related to action, the matter of
beauty is that of value. This beauty is an indicator of action,
which is within all actions, guiding them in the right and true
direction. Thus is it that all true beauty leads to moral virtue.
There is no right way that is too arduous to follow. This is why
they say; do not proceed where there is no way. Therefore, Taekwondo
as a motion is close to the essence of beauty, and its beauty is
not restricted by space, time or the visual and auditory senses.
Its expanse is all of life.
The beauty of Taekwondo is composed of three elements: its harmony
with nature, its clearness and its profundity based upon the oneness
of simplicity and complexity. Lacking even one of these three, Taekwondo
can be neither beautiful nor function as Taekwondo. By the same
token, the complete performance of any one of them will be accompanied
by all the others. Thus, a skilled movement of Taekwondo is beautiful
and its beauty lies unperceived by of the senses yet felt by the
mind. It is impossible to conceal true ability in Taekwondo from
the eyes of the enlightened man.
In this manner, the performance of a good motion is always like
an artful dance when viewed from the aesthetic perspective; a good
sport when viewed from the viewpoint of excitement; and also as
martial skill when viewed from the practical viewpoint of beating
down the opponent.