While unpacking the intricacies of the tornado kick, my esteemed Chen teacher paused to say, “The mind is inherently lazy.” (Mind was hoping to keep this a secret.) Later, with the same placidity: “The legs are strong but stupid. Kicks are for ending fights, not starting them.”
To restore your power, drop the shoulders. Let them settle at the waist.
More suffering is caused by men who take offence than give offence. The quicker we take offence, the more resistance we have. Jesus’ Zen-like teaching on this dukes the mind: Resist not evil.
The problem with surrender is that it doesn’t make sense. To wit: Resist nothing. Make friends with what happens. Say “yes” to what is. I mean, c’mon.
Resist not evil. This means, everything that happens in life, happens for the best. It means that the distinction between good and evil is a false distinction. Taekwondo makes this teaching less abstract.