THE PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF RANK
In every Martial Art, there is knowledge that can be harmful to human life.
To assume the responsibility of placing a dangerous weapon in the hands of a stranger - literally to make a lethal weapon of the body - is a sobering experience. One of the most crucial tests of character is whether the student is humble enough to subordinate his or her personal ego to the rules of the do Jang and respect the gravity of their new powers. The martial arts are not a store bought item that you are entitled to just because you pay for the lessons. The responsibility is too great, the implication is larger than the individual.
The function of obedience in martial arts is not subservience. Rather respect allows one to learn the knowledge that a teacher has to offer.
Because the teacher has greater knowledge and experience, his words and actions may sometimes be incomprehensible to the less knowledgeable.
The student must practice respect to his instructor as the means of eventually bridging the gap between his knowledge and that of his/hers instructor. Respect becomes the key to successful learning and smooth progress.
To be a great leader, one must first be able to be a great follower.
If we cannot follow the teachers instructions
How can we ever learn enough to become a leader ?
Leaders are made not born.
'Hyung' means style, pattern or form. More specifically, in the martial arts a hyung is an organised movement which includes a series of defensive and offensive moves.
A martial art form is a form that uses band strikes and the principle of kicking combined with the internal power that is generated by practising ''DAN JUN KI BUB" (the Principle of Lower Abdomen Energy) . Also one must be able to move the body quickly with agility and train externally in order to complete the external power.
By practising in this way, one may have what is considered to be a complete form, meaning a form that combines both the Nei Gong (internal energy) and the Wei Gong (external energy).
The hyung is self training. When performing a hyung the student turns inward to himself to practise self discipline, timing, speed, power, balance, poise, and co-ordination
The hyung is the perfect way to practice techniques.
With only one-self to consider. the student can focus on the performance of the techniques in the hyung rather than blocking a real blow or the position of the opponent.
In order to perform a Hapkido form properly one should follow the five principles of hyung training.
Keep these five principles in mind when practicing forms and after continuous practice the developing decrepitude of the Joints and nerves that comes with old age, will be greatly retarded throughout the body.
Joints, nerves, muscles, blood vessels and organs will become more youth-like. With an increase flexibility and suppleness.
This is only a partial explanation of the benefits that one derives from practising forms correctly.
Only if these five principles are observed in any form, so that it can be performed correctly.