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<Introduction>

5. What Constitutes the Entire Contents of PPT?

 

 

Let me introduce the rough contents of this writing briefly.

This book is made up of 8 divisions and 64 chapters totally. It would not be proper to explain the content of each chapter. Thus the content of each division will be presented.

Division 1 "Harmony" (Chapter 1-6) explains the definition of Taekwondo and the concept of Do(Գ) and Life in Taekwondo philosophy. This part discusses the philosophical foundation of the philosophical principles of Taekwondo, which may be the most abstract and difficult part for almost people. If it were too difficult to understand, you can skip this part at first and come back with understanding on another parts later.

Division 2 "Principles" (Chapter 7-13) explains concretely the more immediate concepts to Taekwondo; The enemy and the opponent, thinking with your entire self, the meaning of practicing Taewkondo, the interrelationship between Samjae and the change. It can be said this explanation provide a theory where Taekwondo is connected directly to the philosophy. Accordingly, this part will be the essence of Taekwondo, while it may seem to be still abstract and difficult. The ways of Sky, Earth, and Man is going to be explained from here on.

Division 3 "Samjae " (Chapter 14-22) investigates the more concrete philosophical principles in the motions of Taekwondo. Since this division was named "Samjae" this part explains principles of Taekwondo comprehensively according to the scheme of Samjae. And this part also explains the various aspects of the good motions of Taekwondo, which include detailed explanations on the spiritual principles as same as those of motions. And it explains that each two ways of Samjae when coupled make distance, tide and balance each by each, in addition to the explanations on the ideal distance, tide, and balance.

Division 4 "On Skills" (Chapter 23-29) explains the concrete principles and some important factors of Taekwondo skills. I compare the ideal motion of Taekwondo to that of water in this explanation. In addition to that, I explain the subject of a motion should control with rhythm his and his opponent's motions, also with explanations of how to find out his blind point, of the regular spots of vital points, of the basic skills of attacking and defending in Taekwondo.

Division 5 "Attack and Defense" (Chapter 30-39) explains the attacking and defending techniques with its principle. This part will provide the standards of making a pose and a motion, how to control your own mind when you continue your movements, the source of the powerful attack and the principle of the attacking technique, the ideal method of uniting attacks and defenses with its principle and so on. And chapter 39 will explain the main principle of managing the whole fighting as continuous attacks and defenses; the explanation of the ultimate strategy.

Division 6 is "How to Weapon" (Chapter 40-47). Here, the "weapon" refers to every kind of tools used in attacks and defenses of Taekwondo. It implies the weapon in an abstract dimension. This conception presupposes implicitly that the principles of Taekwondo are not confined within using the hands and feet, but can be applied to using swords and guns and even to controlling military and political power. And the beauty of Taekwondo, which is explained in this division, does not imply the mere epistemological one but the comprehensive beauty that we can experience internally in our motions. So I hope this concept can also be applied to dance.

Division 7 "On Poomsae" (Chapter 48-55) presents the philosophical foundation of Poomsae that constitutes a main training process. I begin my explanation from the implication of poomsae and the right training process, to the explanations on basic motions, which compose poomsaes. Those contents explain the significance of basic motions, their principles required in training of those basic motions and the reasons for them, based on the ways of Samjae.

Division 8 is "The Basics" (Chapter 56-64). Since the implications of basic motions already have been explained in the division 7, the implication of the basics means the foundation of Taekwondo as the principle. This division explains the process of the growth you experience in the Taekwondo training and its meaning, and then the spiritual and physical implication of beginning the training and its difficulty. And the entirety will be explained in the relations with the whole life. The foundation of Taekwondo is the man's life.



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?