Endless Changes Produced from A Simple Principle of Taekwondo
"How much time will it took me to learn those many techniques?"
"There is only one skill."
The figure of Taekwondo is simple but it shows us itself inclusive of various principles and changes. It is because man thinks of Taekwondo distinctively that a lot of principles and changes can be in Taekwondo although its simple figure doesn't change like this. Therefore, everything and its change was generated based on <Do> but because man, after he was born, distinguished and named each thing the change was divided into yin and yang, and its quality into Kang(hardness) and Yu(softness). Thus we can discuss each factor in these categories.
The distinctive factors of Taekwodo can be analyzed as three of distance, tide and balance, each of which consists of compositions among the ways of Haneul(heaven), Tang(earth) and Saram(man); Haneul and Tang when united make distance; Haneul and Saram when united make tide; and Tang and Saram when united make balance.
The reason why Haneul(heaven) and Tang(earth) when united make distance is that, since the way of Haneul is to deposit every part of yours in its proper place and the way of Tang is to have your opponent opposed to the world where you are harmonized, you can always find the best distance of Taekwondo whenever unity of the both keeps each part of yourself in its own proper position with your opponent opposed to the world where you are harmonized.
The reason why Haneul(heaven) and Saram(man) when united make tide is that, since the way of Saram is to keep the core of your change and balance not to lose yourself, you can have your spirit firm with every change and everything kept in its own proper place whenever you follow these ways.
And the reason why Tang(earth) and Saram(man) when united make balance is that it is the very balance in motion of Taekwondo to make your change settled around your core in the harmony that you have in the opposition of your opponent and the world.1)
In this manner, when the motion of Taekwondo follows the ways of Haneul, Tang and Saram, the factors that control motions are distance, tide and balance. The most practical offence and defense is determined by them.
1) Tang(Earth) and Saram(Man), when they are united, make balance. Then we can ask why? The answer to this question of why is that balance is to make your change settled around your core in the harmony, and you should get the harmony in the opposition between your opponent and the world. This is implication of the way of Tang. I conceive the balance not in the stable but in an active perspective here.