The Tao of Taekwondo

Notes and reflections from a deeper practice of traditional taekwondo

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Remaining still

Taekwondo is self-defense first, attack second.

To train in this aspect of the art, try to practice keeping still. Observe your opponent with curiosity and clarity, not with a story. For example, if in sparring practice, your opponent comes at you, see what the latest is that you can move. Notice, leg is moving, leg is rising, leg is forming kick, hips are turning, leg is approaching, my body is moving out of the way.

If you can regard you opponent with that clarity, you will not be drawn into the story of "I am being attacked" and you will be more resourceful in your defense.


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