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<Introduction>

 

Structure of this Site
About the Grand Master : Lee, Kwang Hee.
About the author : Lee, Chang Hoo.
Introduction of Taekwondo Bible, Vol.1
1. What is Taekwondo Philosophy?
2. What is the Philosophical Principle of Taekwondo(PPT)?
3. What are the Relations between Taekwondo Philosophy and Traditional Oriental Philosophy
4. What Concepts of Oriental Philosophy to Explain Taekwondo Philosophy?
5. What Constitutes the Entire Contents of PPT? (Rough Contents)
6. What Are the Basic Theoretical Schemes of Taekwondo Philosophy?
7. What is Taekwondo?
Related philosophies
Korean traditional philosophy
Taekwondo Poems : A Good Introduction of this book is those Poems


There are some articles on Taekwondo Philosophy. Almost of them suggest Taoism, Buddhism, or confusionism or something else as Taekwondo philosophy. But they don't serve good reason why they can be the philosophies of Taekwondo. In fact and in many cases, almost of them are not the Taekwondo philosophies but rather, another kinds of philosophical dogmas only decorated with Taekwondo terms or those applied to Taekwondo. Reading those articles of Taekwondo philosophy you may not be able to develope your Taekwondo, nor even to get better understanding of why you have to move such as you've learned in Taekwondo class. If then, this shows they do not concern Taekwondo in real. Then they are nothing but unnecessary complexity of difficult concepts.

Now, we have to find its own philosophy in Taekwondo itself. We have to interpret the philosophical meanings out in the motions of Taekwondo and not somewhere else. It may be expressed in terms and concepts of Taoism, Buddhism or something else, but there must be obvious distinctions between the true Taekwondo philosophy expressed through concepts of other kind of philosophy and the philosophical dogmas that have no concern with Taekwondo in spite of their decorations of Taekwondo. If you saw true Taekwondo Philosophy you, reading it over and over again, would be able to improve your Taekwondo trainings, to correct your faults in Taekwondo skills, to understand why you have to move such as you've learned, and to extend your life applying your Taekwondo Knowledge to everything around you. It would be possilble if you understand the profound principles of Taekwondo, which are somewhat abstract, so difficult, though. (If this article is too difficult for you, refer to the summary and grasp the whole conception at first.) All of your Taekwondo trainings will be helpful for that understanding, then.

The first purpose of "Philosophical Principles of Taekwondo" is to explain the underlying principles of Taekwondo in philosophical concetps at first. The arguments in this article can be confirmed in your or your Master's motion and skills, although they do not explain them explicitly. Each man explains same thing in his own way, so your Taekwondo master's explanations might seem different from that here about a thing. However, if you can read his implications between the words, you can also see them same. Because Taekwondo is one.

The second is to help you judge most things about your Taekwondo ; why you have to practice that way or what is right and what is wrong among what you can imagine or think on Taekwondo so that you can practice Taekwondo better with standards and reasons. Sometimes blind practices are helpful since they improve patience, which is necessary in martial arts, but they are not all. We can find many cases where good understandings improve our Taekwondos innovationally. Especially, when you've grown up your level of Taekwondo over a certain degree those understandings will be necessary.

This article "Philosophical Principles of Taekwondo" is an achievment of integration of all aspects of Taekwondo from the oriental philosophical point of view. Everyone has investigated the differences between the oriental and western philosophies, but they were not explained yet radically and distinctively, as I know. This article explains it in a way. But you might not be satisfied only with the interpretations in it because it doesn't intend mainly to explain that theme. Hoewever, it may be helpful for those who are interested in that theme, I guess. If you are much interested in this, refer to commentaries.

Anyway, the values of this article can be counted only by all of you who read it after all.