Song of the Sip Sam Seh

Never neglect any of the Sip Sam Seh.
The source of the will is in the waist.
Pay attention to the slightest change from full to empty.
Let energy flow through the whole body continuously.
Stillness embodies motion, motion stillness.
Seek stillness in motion.
Surprising things will happen when you meet your opponent.
Give awareness and purpose to every movement.
When done correctly all will appear effortless.
At all times pay attention to the waist.
Relaxed clear awareness of abdomen, the energy rises to the top of the head.
The body should be flexible.
Hold the head as if suspended from a string.
Keep alert and seek the meaning and purpose of your art.
Bent and stretched, open and closed,
Let nature take its course.
Beginners are guided by oral teaching.
Gradually one applies himself more and more.
Skill will take care of itself.
What is the main principle of the martial arts?
The mind is the primary actor and the body the secondary one.
What is the purpose and philosophy behind the martial arts?
Rejuvenation and prolonging of life beyond the normal span.
So an eternal spring.
Every word of this song has enormous value and importance.
Failing to follow this song attentively, you will sigh away your time.

- Hwang Kee, Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Vol. 2

 

Sip Sam Seh (13 Influences/Postures)

The basis of the universe is Eternity (muguk) and, at the same time,
the Supreme Ultimate (t'aeguk).
The Supreme Ultimate moves and gives birth to Yang
(the positive and active).
When this movement reaches its peak,
it achieves serenity, which then gives birth to Um
(the quiet and passive).
Yang changes and strikes a harmony,
then gives birth to Water, Metal, Wood, Fire and Earth,
allowing the Five Spirits to play a role one by one
and the Four Directions to take their course.
The Five Elements are a kind of Um-yang,
a kind of Supreme Ultimate,
and the Supreme Ultimate is, by nature, Eternity.
The Way of Heaven is male, the Way of Earth is female,
and Principle and Vital Energy respond
to each other to cause all things to come alive.
All things are brought out again and again,
so change is endless.

- Yi Hwang, Ten Diagrams of the Learning of the Sage (Songhakshipto), 1568