An old proverb says that even Heaven cannot make a diligent worker, poor. However, in Taekwon-Do diligence or intensive training alone does not produce quality techniques. On the contrary, instructions from a false or unqualified instructor would be worse than not being taught at all because unscientific movements not only reduce power but require a tremendous amount of time to correct.
On the other hand, under the proper guidance of a competent instructor, a student who trains earnestly with dedication will learn the true techniques of Taekwon-Do in a comparatively short period of time with less effort.
Students should keep in mind the following secrets:
- 1. To study the theory of power thoroughly.
- 2. To understand the purpose and method of each movement clearly.
- 3. To bring the movement of eyes, hands, feet and breath into a single co-ordinated action.
- 4. To choose the appropriate attacking tool for each vital spot.
- 5. To become familiar with the correct angle and distance for attack and defence.
- 6. Keep both arms and legs bent slightly while the movement is in motion.
- 7. All movements must begin with a backward motion with very few exceptions. However, once the movement is in motion it should not be stopped before reaching the target.
- 8. To create sine wave during the movement by utilizing the knee spring properly.
- 9. To exhale briefly at the moment of each blow except a connecting motion.