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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.1  
<<Division 7. On Poomsae>>


  Chapter 52.
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Perfection Which is Neither Completion Nor Iincompletion   
 
 

"How can I train my mind?"

"Think only necessary thought. That's enough."


 

You are surrounded by many enemies. There is no escape. To what direction can you escape? You should just escape to somewhere beyond the restriction of existence, only to inside of yourself. You forget everything to immerse yourself in the state of non-me(Mu-a,) with skilled motions, so hide yourself. Just as you transcend to inside of life over every denial to its reality you have to hide yourself to your inside from many enemies. It is the most reasonable escape from reality. And this is not to avoid but to face the opponent controlling him, which can be nothing else. In this state of immersion to inside of yourself you can see the world of dance in relation to Taekwondo. Dance is not different from Taekwondo after all.

Therefore, not only in performance of dance but also in that of Taekwondo poomsae, although each movement looks separated from another to be completely distinct one in a time, each actually interacts and cooperates with the others in a poomsae. Therefore, doing this motion leads to doing that one and a motion is accompanied by not this sort but that sort of motions in poomsae. Because of this, a poomsae that can be divided into each movement in an aspect cannot be distinguished such in another at once, and this is why poomsae differs from basic motion.

The principles that organizes motions in Taekwondo poomsae can be categorized in two kinds comprehensively; one is to keep incomplete in completion and the other to keep complete in incompletion. In case you keep incomplete in completion each sequence of fragmentary movements achieves its own complete meaning with some independence from their entire system. This individuality of each part in a poomsae makes the whole incomplete, so it is said to keep incomplete in completion since each motion gets its completeness by itself not having its multitudity fully melted in one whole. In case you keep complete in incompletion every movement is related to another in a flow as one, so no movement and no pose gets its own complete meaning out of the flow, i.e. out of sequence of the poses. Instead, this restriction of each movement on another generates the entire harmony and an incomplete motion gets its meaning only in the whole flow, so each movement achieves its complete meaning in that it includes the whole structure and possibility of change. Thus, it is said to keep complete in incompletion.

The incomplete motion in completion of poomsae is felt separated in every movement and joint, where you can see such a sharpness as cutting each part of empty space by a sword with the rhythm of fierce explosion in every moment. It is for the completion to control over the opponent in every movement. Since, however, to fill is followed by to empty, you should keep incomplete in completion to open its whole meaning and get rid of its self-restriction. The complete motion in incompletion of poomsae takes the form of continuous flow of motions with no break, which surely shows itself with natural weightiness of filling the entire empty space and continuously flowing rhythm. It is for the meaning completion of each to control over the opponent in the whole combination of each independent motion, and so, the whole related to a motion lies in each since it has open meaning in its formal incompletion. It is complete.

As you master motions to keep complete in incompletion in practice of poomsae you can learn how to harmonize a part in a whole, not merely as a part but as one of its whole, while as you practice motions to keep incomplete in completion you can learn how to harmonize a part in a whole not merely as a part of the whole but also as one that includes and reflects its whole. No matter whether of completion in incompletion or of incompletion in completion, the end of mastery appears as a perfection that is neither completion nor incompletion, which is also both of them at once. It has no figure.

 

 

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