There being Something Both Difficult and Easy
"Why is it so hard and difficult to learn Taekwondo?"
"Because the world is impartial to everyone."
In training of Taekwondo its beginning and its end meet each other in one same thing, which is just the basic of Taekwondo. Mastering basic motions of Taekwondo is both the beginning and the end of all training. Many common people, often with bad understanding, seek to find TAEKWONDO in the brilliant surface of poomsae or the fierce sparring actions. It is necessary, however, that the enlightened man knows the ultimate principle in rather in commonness and naivete so that he rarely reveals his strongness .
What is the basic of Taekwondo? It is what has all necessary factors of Taekwondo as compressed and summarized. And it is the joint that relates man directly to TAEKWONDO. You, training yourself of the basics, can advance in perfect TAEKWONDO and complete it. Owing to this, everyone begins his Taekwondo with training of the basics while the man who has gone through all training returns finally to the last step; the training of basics again. Although the basic looks simple it is related to every skill and its system of the entire Taekwondo, so, it includes every principle and technique of all motions in its simplicity. When the ancient people made the basics, they formed them not with instant ideas but with the much accumulated experience that they collected and reshaped for long time, and this actual experience of long time is the source of vitality from which the basic of Taekwondo springs. Therefore, the meaning of basic is multi-dimensional, and thus, infinite though simple. The viewpoint you choose to consider a motion determines how much effective it can be.
On the other hand, the basic is the foundation of universality Taekwondo has. Brilliant and difficult technique of kicking and punching can be very effective in particular cases, yet it cannot be used to protect you controlling over the opponent in every case. If you perform brilliant and difficult techniques in Taekwondo it can be valuable only when you can accomplish them on the firm accumulated basics. A good building can be made always on firm foundation. Just as it is the foundation that supports the whole giant building when the earth shakes, so is it basic of Taekwondo that makes you able to control over the opponent adapting yourself with no mistake in unexpected emergent situations. Everything always returns to one, which stands on its own place as invisible.
Thus, everything of TAEKWONDO lies hidden in the basic on one hand, and boundless changes and applications of each Taekwondo motion are possible along this center of basics. Therefore, also when you fight with opponents in Taekwondo, however more or less, your performing the perfect basic motions in tangled relations with them will bring the natural control over any of them, and it is to protect yourself with no resistance relying on <Do>. What more would be required to protect yourself controlling over the opponent, then?
Like this, the basic motions of Taekwondo can include everything of Taekwondo because Taekwondo is simple as the principle of everything is simple, too. When you cut off everything from youself you can get this simplicity and you can see the right Taekwondo. If you cut off everything of yours every artificial thing will disappear with everything that hides TAEKWONDO. Taekwondo always lies in you, and never out of you. The right Taekwondo motion that agrees with you is always the simplest one because you, who do Taekwondo, have only this simplicity left abandoning all your unnecessary things. It is your true self. The simple, it is both difficult and easy.