Control Theory of Hapkido

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Mental and physical training must be balanced to create a balanced individual. The mental aspect of control has many values. To stand and face an opponent who intends to strike requires calm. The fighter needs to think and see clearly to discern the opponent's intentions without giving away his own. He needs to stay relaxed in the face of danger and that is learned behavior: mind and body working together. This is the path to a centered individual. A centered individual will seek the positive way of life, seeking to excel in whatever he pursues.

Knowing that you are physically able to protect yourself means not having to.

PROVERBS (Quotations from the Proverbs of The Living Bible)

12:29 - A wise man controls his temper. He knows that anger causes mistakes.

25:28 - A man without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken down walls.

19:11 - A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults.

This is to his credit.

Wise men don't need to prove their point, men who need to prove their point aren't wise.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.