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


  Chapter 55.
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Getting Everything As Simple   
 
 

"What kind of training do I have to focus on?"

"That that you hate to try among those I taught you."


 

The right training of Taekwondo is that you master techniques in training for your body and complete your spirit in having those techniques perfect, then, get <Do> over distinctions in this entire process. All of these can be obtained enough in basic motions. This is possible because the basic motions, though simple, contain boundless principles. In this basic motion, nothing will be obtained if you ignore any factor that may look trivial however it may. TAEKWONDO is very simple. It is in one, and in nothing more than one. A right principle shows itself only in exact motions.

Nothing must be ignored however trivial it may look because the meaning of a basic motion is multi-dimensional, so that that in one is not simple. If you ignore trivial things in training with some interpretations on short knowledge you can get little from that. For example, the exact pose of Juchum Seogi consists not simply in keeping low pose nor is it confined within strengthening particular muscles on your legs. Turning your waist in Dollyeo Chagi is neither only for powerful kick nor only for farther beautiful kick. The implications of basic motions are in truth related to every skill and ideals of Taekwondo. Therefore, you should obey every precise stipulation as if you count how many you see in it when you practice basic motions. The more important thing is to repeat them infinitely many times so that you can make yourself in a basic motion itself yet not that you perform it intentionally. How is it possible you make yourself in a motion? It would be boring to practice a basic motion a hundred times. But it would be rather interesting to repeat it a thousand times, and if you continue it up to ten thousand times you will obtain the naturality, and with further more practices you can get the entire Taekwondo. Then, you can make it to put yourself in the motion itself.

There are three points you have to keep in your mind doing the practice of basic motions; distinctness, accordance and stableness.

What should be distinct? You have to keep going distinct from stop, emptiness from fullness, before from after, and up from down. Distinctness comes from distinction. Since Taekwondo knows the ultimate nondistinctive reality transcending it to inside of daily life it accepts the illusion of distinctions over discernment of the true and false, so it has the rightness of basic motion relying on its distinctness. This distinctness generates the foundation for everything to be kept in its proper place, which is the principle of basic motions related to the way of Sky.

What should be accorded? You have to keep your intention accorded with your sight, sight with hand & foot, and hand & foot with waist. For this accordance you should keep tide, center's movement, and hand & foot accord in a motion, and when you use kicks your foot and waist, when you use hands your hand and shoulder ought to be accorded. In this complete accordance of all you can get harmonized with the world having the opponent opposed in the relation, which refers to the way of Earth.

What should be stable? You should keep center, breath and mind stable, so that your balance is settled with integrity of vitality. This is the not-losing yourself in continuous change, which means the way of Man.

In order to get all that you have to keep in basic motions you should perform them with three teachings: big movement, the low centroid and accordance with breathing.

You should make big movements, not because such big motions are actually useful always but because you can obtain another important thing in those practices. The important thing is that you concentrate your whole even in a slight motion or that you move always with your whole. When you get used to motion of moving with your whole you can make the distinctness, the accordance and the stableness with more ease. If you make big movements always in every motion you cannot but move as many parts of your body as possible also establishing that way of motion in yourself. And then, when these ways were settled completely as your own ways you can make any slight motion with your whole body.

You should keep your centroid low, because, just as a new plant spreads its deep roots in the earth before it can grow upward high, it is natural that you advance training from having your center firm to strengthening the whole. The center of your body can be firm through strengthening your waist and legs that support it, only then, even a slight motion can be powerful to suppress your opponent down. Every physical movement flows by way of waist from hands to feet and from legs to arms. This is why your waist and legs should be as firm as the earth if you, standing on the earth in the whole one of you and the earth, are to control over the opponent with the power of the earth's collision with him.

And you should also be able to make every right motion of Taekwondo only with your breath. For Taekwondo motions are made as condensed expression of all biological process from inside of a man and the breath is the core of the life. You should move in simple oneness, so in harmonized oneness in Taekwondo. Your breath and your motion are another aspects of same one thing. Therefore, if you make good breath you will see no hardness in every right basic pose. The good breath means not to breathe only with your mouse, nose, throat or lung but to breathe with your whole body. When you make good breath the entire vital process will be managed properly in you with no unnecessary effort. Perfect pose and motion always need perfect breath in each of them. Then the pose and the motion become alive by themselves.

 

 

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