There is something you must always keep in mind as you
practice poomsae. Poomsae is not merely a series of movements
made only by you. It also serves to situate your opponent.
While this opponent is not seen by others, it can be seen
by the Taekwondo-Een who practices poomsae. Therefore, the
poomsae that excludes him ceases immediately to be poomsae.
It ceases to be Taekwondo as well.
Poomsae, as the optimum way of acting in relation to an
opponent, developed not by chance but through the infinite
experience and accumulated wisdom of the ancients. Therefore,
the practitioner of Taekwondo poomsae does not fight alone
but with the wisdom of his forebears. All true wisdom cannot
be fixed but must flux with its own life situated in reality.
The wisdom of Taekwondo in poomsae may at first appear as
fixed formality; however, through that formality opens up
infinite creative potential. Correct Taekwondo is simply
creativity within temperate formality.
Therefore, though poomsae is comprised of a limited pattern
it opens up to infinite possibilities when through your
own creative will you interpret the original potential of
every poomsae motion. No one can understand the ultimate
implications of poomsae until he grasps this freedom. As
you practice poomsae you ought to seek out its hidden meanings
rather than merely imitating its patterned motions.
In this manner, to practice poomsae is not to restrict
oneself to a structured formality but to open oneself to
non-regularity by way of the generality of poomsae. However,
this will not be possible until one has first become trained
in the formality and regularity of poomsae. In other words,
while poor poomsae form will hinder freedom, skilled Taekwondo
poomsae in no way interferes with freedom. The formality
of poomsae both creates freedom and exists alongside it.