Seeing Motion in Standstill
"Why is it that they don't move but just glare at each other?"
"Can't you see those much movements of
A man's capability of Taekwondo appears invisibly even in each of his trivial motions when he moves and is to be felt also in a pose when he stays. Taekwondo man's mind can see and feel it. TAEKWONDO is in motions. Then how is it possible the figure of Taekwondo is to be found with the appearance of your capability even in a stable pose?
Just as a line is something more than a mere connection of points so is a motion something more than a mere connection of stable poses that stay in particular spatial spots. A motion cannot be made of series of stable poses. How can a stable rock, even though it were moved forward moment by moment, be same as a rolling rock? The difference between motion and stay is not the matter of degree but the matter of essential being. A bead is not at rest once it were rolling, no matter how slow it may roll. Thus, for the change between motion and stay, you should make, even though invisible, continuous movement hidden under it. The world is already full of movements and continuous changes, in which a man keeps his living. Therefore, a pose of Taekwondo, though it showed no motion outward, always has constant motion unseen in it.
Sometimes you cannot help making a pose with a little or no actual motion, and it's because you have to arrange and adapt yourself in change of surroundings with no confusion. This standstill, however, includes ultimate tension that is about to explode between you and the opponent, and it is not different from a motion. This is why you get tired only on the watch for your opponent. Not only in a pose but also in the whole activity you should meet yourself with a standstill that contains movement while you should meet your opponent with a movement that contains standstill, which is Taekwondo. And you who watch on yourself and face your opponent with this Taekwondo are a Taekwondo man. Therefore, making s shape with nothing more than it, this cannot be the essence of Taekwondo pose. To get control over the opponent and protect yourself, and thus, actually controlling him and protecting you by itself now is the essence of Taekwondo pose. Therefore, even when you stay in a pose with no movement you keep possibility of every change in each part of your pose, and also when you make continuous motion you always establish consistent self.
In this manner, a pose is an expression of your mind into a certain figure through the body. A good pose consists in an accordance of mind and body and out of it bad one is. Your pose reveals the possibility of your movements. Between the subject of recognition and its object that belongs to phenomena the possibility determines actually the reality. Therefore, your pose determines your motions and it reveals your capability.
There are three factors you have to pay attention to when you observe the opponent's pose; the first is his intention, the second his sight, and the third the center of his body. Observing the location of his center you can guess which foot or which hand he will use in attack and how far the attack will reach. Observing his sight you can know what is his target, and reading his intention you can know what and how he wants to deceive you. If you fail to read his intention, even if you paid attention to his sight, you can be deceived easily; and if you observe only his center yet fail to catch his sight you will expose yourself to unexpected attacks. Thus, you should penetrate his center and sight at a glance and must not lose them, and you should be able to read what he intends by a feel. This is possible only when you open your mind. So you must see yourself with the mind directed to your opponent and protect you with the mind of helping him.
You cannot but strain yourself fully and tightly when you make a pose ready for a kyorugi against your opponent in Taekwondo. In spite of this tight strain, however, you must on the other hand reserve enough capacity in your pose with no strain so that your body is soft in relaxed state with concentration of your mind in affordably reserved composure. The tight strain exists between you and the opponent and in the relation to the world. Therefore, it must be in the world and in you, yet it must not be in your muscle and skeleton. The strain that is neither in muscle nor in skeleton but in yourself is that of your whole. The muscle and skeleton should be just ready in the reconciliation of the whole harmony. What a big strain it must be!
Thus, a good pose of Taekwondo is itself like having hidden bombs all around you so that you should be able to explode your fist, kick, trunk and energy at your opponent at any time as soon as he invades. But nothing is visible. Gunpowder is merely a sort of powder and shows no flame of explosion in its original figure. This is very like the strain of Taekwondo.
On the other hand, a good bomb does not explode easily even with somewhat shock. However its explosive power which is caused by an appropriate shock from its percussion lock is rather amazing. The pose of Taekwondo man should be like this not only in doing Taekwondo but also in all life general, and the percussion lock of Taekwondo man is the moral judgement for all the people. This sort of good pose of Taekwondo, which is both strained and not strained, differs from your daily self in that it has more possibility in every part and that standing point of the Taekwondo man is one pole in his relation to the world in spite of its commonness. At the same time, it is same as his daily self and so, it never shows itself out.