Completing By Cutting Off
""Why is the teaching of Taekwondo so complicated?"
"Not complicated but simple. Only because
you don't want to accept it."
To master Taekwondo is not for you to simply get something but to change yourself in training. You cannot achieve it adding something to yourself yet you can find it in what is left when you cut off yourself to erase all excrescences. And it is to break you away completely. Just as a sculptor cuts off a stone to find an artwork in it, and as he breaks an old bowls to make new one. Like this, to practice Taekwondo or to be able to do Taekwondo is not to make you able to perform a certain motion but to be the motion itself by yourself. This selfication, the change of yourself is the direction to which every learning advances. Otherwise, there can be no true learning.
This is universally valid for any kind of learning regardless of mathematics, foreign languages, history, philosophy or something else. Learning the logical thinking in mathematics we master how to abandon the various possibility of faulty thinking but only way left through calculus. When you Learn foreign language it is also important to abandon many of your parts of saying this way or that way to change yourself to one way of good speaking. You can get little in truth if you just add to your knowledge something like historical facts or another thinkers' thoughts in memory. Every process of learning is that of having only your necessary self left through gains and abandons, so that of changing yourself.
When you are a motion itself your entirety will be naturally adapted to the motion so that you can make it without any unnecessary intention nor any preceding motion. This natural motion is not such a thing as can be controlled by thought when needed. It is rather what pops in a moment prior to all thoughts. Through numerous repetition and mastery you should change yourself to the motion itself in Taekwondo. The entire process must be both that of cutting yourself off and also of breaking yourself to nothing left. It is the process that you break yourself deleting everything coagulated, and then, keep yourself like water with no solidification to follow changes of nature. You can be the motion itself only after this process. When you can be a motion itself you can also make the motion with no thinking, and can control over your opponent erasing yourself. Thus, the most proper distance will be found between you and him and you can cope with everything with empty mind.
This property of learning Taekwondo is shared in its truth by all cases that you do something in the process of your life. You gain many also losing many at once moment by moment, but there is nothing at all that you gain or lose in truth. And finally, you, who are the subject of gaining and losing, are not. Although this fact produces faulty skepticism about the world there is nothing to be skeptical of either, yet only something empty to be accepted.