The beginning and end of Taekwondo training meet in one
thing, simply basic Taekwondo. Mastering the basic motions
of Taekwondo is both the beginning and the end of all training.
Many general students, often with poor understanding, seek
TAEKWONDO in the brilliant aspects of poomsae or in fierce
sparring actions. However, the enlightened man must grasp
its nature in commonness and naiveté, so that he
rarely reveals his strength.
What is the basics of Taekwondo? It is that which possesses
all necessary factors of Taekwondo compressed and summarized,
and it is the joint that links the Taekwondo-Een with TAEKWONDO.
Through training in the basics you can advance to perfect
TAEKWONDO. Because of this, everyone commences his Taekwondo
with training in the basics, while he who has completed
training returns in his final step to a retraining in the
basics. Although the basics appear simple, they are intimately
related to every skill and the entire system of Taekwondo.
They embrace in their simplicity every principle and technique
of all motions. When the ancients created the basics they
did so not with momentary and unformulated ideas but through
the accumulated and well-considered experience of lifetimes.
This accumulated experience is the source of the vitality
from which the basics of Taekwondo spring. Therefore, the
meaning of the basics is multi-dimensional, and though simple,
infinite. The viewpoint from which you choose to consider
a motion determines how effective it will be.
On the other hand, the basics comprise the foundation of
universality in Taekwondo. Brilliant and complex techniques
of kicking and punching can be very effective in certain
cases, but they cannot always be used to protect yourself
and subdue the opponent. If you perform such brilliant and
complex maneuvers in Taekwondo they can be valuable only
when performed upon a firm foundation of basics. Only a
building built on a firm foundation can be considered solid.
Just as its foundation supports the giant building when
the earth shakes, so the basics of Taekwondo enable you
to subdue the opponent, adapting yourself without error
to a host of unexpected situations. Everything returns to
one, which stands on its own place as invisible.
Thus, everything of TAEKWONDO lies concealed in the basics
and around this basic center each individual Taekwondo motion
holds the potential of boundless change and application.
Therefore, as you struggle with your opponent in Taekwondo
performing a perfect basic motion will result in your natural
control over him. This is to protect oneself with no resistance
relying upon Do. What more could be required to defend against
and subdue the opponent?
In this manner the basic motions of Taekwondo can include
everything of Taekwondo because Taekwondo is simple just
as the principle of everything is simple. When you cut yourself
off from everything you can achieve this simplicity and
achieve correct Taekwondo. If you cut yourself off from
everything then everything artificial will disappear along
with all that conceals TAEKWONDO. Taekwondo always lies
within not outside of you. The correct Taekwondo movement
is always the simplest one because you, who practice Taekwondo,
have only this simplicity left, having abandoned all extemporaneous
things. It is your true self. Simplicity is both difficult