The Tao of Taekwondo

Notes and reflections from a deeper practice of traditional taekwondo

Friday, August 8, 2008


In Kumgang, the diamond block is executed in a one legged crane stance. In this stance, you experience presence or you fall.

Balance is simply having all of your thoughts and every atom of your body aligned in this present moment. If you are anticipating with your mind, or leaning with your body, you will topple over.

Often in the dojang I see people going through patterns without thinking. When Master Kook is calling out the moves we often fall into a rhythm and fail to respond to his calls for the next move. If you are unconscious in practice you will sometimes fall forward or move to the next move without waiting for the call.

A good practice is to simply practice being still in your form. When you have completed the move, rest completely, quietly and ready for what happens next. Don't assume the rhythm will continue.

This is good training for keeping balance and keeping one's wits. Practice consciously.



Anonymous Marianna Paulson said...

I agree completely with your comment that people often "go through patterns without thinking".

What often passes as 'thinking' is known as 'looping thoughts', a.k.a. 'worry', where nothing gets resolved or accomplished and we're left feeling exhausted.

I would also like to add that in addition to being still, activate the energy of the heart to help restore balance to your nervous system and in doing-so, restore balance to your life.

August 18, 2008 3:30 PM  

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