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written by Lee, Chang Hoo

This book was written in 1990 in Korean and published in 2000 in Korea.(ISBN 89-7889-060-1) This book was written to establish the philosophical foundation of Taekwondo, helping the great masters of Taekwondo all over the world.
This is a result of philosophical explanation on the Taekwondo philosophy of Lee Kwang Hee, the Grandmaster of the author, while t
his can be understood as meditation on the philosophical principles of Taekwondo, at the same time.

"Taekwondo" is the name of the inherent martial art that has been succeeded to Koreans from the oldest time on.
Thus, the philosophical principles of Taekwondo is so profound and infinite as such.
This philosophical principles of Taekwondo may not be what the ancestors of Koreans have thought distinctively and made in Taekwondo literally. However, that principle, which was naturally included in the exact and right motions of Taekwondo, accords with the change of everything and harmonizes itself with life of man, so it exists in the natural motion itself.
This is why these thoughts can be the philosophy of Taekwondo even if this writing does not refer to the old Korean bibliography, because there remain not enough literal materials.
Those philosophical thoughts on Taekwondo in this book are what you can find or confirm in Taekwondo during exercises, but not what have been copied or modified kinds of some theories of other philosophy. The only what were borrowed are the terms and conceptions from a variaty of theories, which were needed to express the philosophical principles of Taekwondo.
As a result, you should come to understand, reading this article, that the philosophical principles included in Taekwondo include all of essence of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, and are equivalent to conceptions of the oriental traditional philosophy. And you can agree to that they can be applied to another kinds of martial arts and even to dances, too.

The next books, "On Sam-Jae and KangYu" and "Philosophical Foundations of Taekwondo Principle" are also under writting to support the thesis of this book. The former will explain in detail how the principle can be applied to each skills while the latter will search the academical foundations inclusive of oriental and western philosophical bibliagraphies.


Div. 1


1. Kesatuan dan Kekosongan Dilahirkan Bersama()()
2. Do wujud dengan segalanya
3. Dunia, manusia dan Taekwondo merupakan kesatuan
4. Membayangkan Penampilan Taekwondo
5. Tiada perbezaan antara Taekwondo dan Kehidupan
6. Prinsip Taekwondo adalah mudah

Div. 2


7. Tiada Musuh dalam TKD
8. Menghadapi lawan

9. Memadamkan diri di depan lawan
10. Berfikir dgn keseluruhan diri
11. Pengamalan Taekwondo
12. Tidak kehilangan diri
13. Tiga Bahan diharmonikan untuk perubahan

Div. 3

3 bahan penting

14. Gerakan Taekwondo dan rentak dalam keharmonian
15. Perbezaan bermula dalam Kehidupan
16. Doing Both of Transcendence and Attachment of Victory and Defeat
17. Mempersoalkan benar salah
18. Memandang segalanya dgn Dedikasi
19. Perubahan tanpa henti Disebabkan Prinsip Ringkas of Taekwondo
20. Mencari Jarak Taekwondo
21. Begining Tide of Taekwondo
22. Mengekalkan Keseimbangan Taekwondo

Div. 4


23. Bergerak dgn Lawan...seperti air
24. Mengawal segala Gerakan dengan Rentak
25. Menyerang Pusat Lawan
26. Mengetuai Melalui Satu Jalan menuju ke Kehidupan dan Kematian
27. Mengatasi segalanya dengan Kawalan atas Satu Bahagian
28. Menyerang Titik Buta Lawan
29. Menangkap Lawan dengan Perangkap

Div. 5

Attack and Defence

30. Having Balanced Center Firm
31. Knowing the Sameness of Mind and Body
32. Filling Mind Having It Empty
33. Taekwondo Composed of Attack and Defence
34. Striking Opponent with Whole of Myself
35. Attacking In the Ways of Heaven, Earth, and Man
36. Making Little Movement Big Relying on <Do>
37. Avoiding Opponent's Attack With Oneness of Fullness and Emptiness
38. Attack and Defence Be Not Different
39. Winning with Golden Mean

Div. 6

How to Weapon

40. Attack and Defence Be Simple
41. Having Softness and Hardness Be One
42. There Be No Difference Between Weapon and Something Else
43. Controling Weapon with Mind
44. Being Able to Discard Weapon
45. Harmony of Point, Straight Line and Circle
46. Beautifulness Being in Action
47. Able to Stab Opponent Even with Ki-hap

Div. 7

On Poomsae

48. Seeing Motion in Standstill
49. Sparring with Myself as Imaginary Opponent
50. Free in Strict Regularity
51. Having Poomsae Alive
52. Perfection Which is Neither Completion Nor Iincompletion
53. Having Myself Empty At the End of Poomsae Training
54. There being Something Both Difficult and Easy
55. Getting Everything As Simple

Div. 8

The Basics

56. Completing Cutting Off
57. Taekwondo Be One Skillart
58. A Piece of String That Make Necklace with Perls
59. Seeing New Horizon At the End of Area That Can Be Seen
60. Everything in the World Pleasing Me
61. Begining Training Following Patterns
62. Seeing the World Even In A Leaf Falling
63. Truth of Taekwondo Be Both Right and Strong
64. Oneness and Nothingness Finish Together with Each Other()