The Master & The Student
Once upon a time, at a Hwa-Rang-Do camp in ancient Cho-son, there was a great Tae-kyon Master walking in the mountains, and he called for his student to go and fetch some water.
There the student was attacked by a tiger at the mountain stream. After a fierce struggle he succeeded in killing the beast by tricking him and grabbing him by the tail. When he returned with the water he brought back the tigers tail tucked away as a trophy.
As he followed behind the Master he was anxious to boast of his feat, but first he asked his Master: "How does a warrior kill a tiger?"
The Master said, "The warrior kills a tiger by attacking his head."
Then he asked, "How does a peasant kill a tiger?"
The Master said, "A peasant kills a tiger by jumping on his back."
Then he asked, "How does a coward kill a tiger?"
The Master said, "A coward kills a tiger by tricking him and grabbing him by the tail"
The student was so embarrassed, he turned and discarded the tiger’s tail.
The student was enraged by the words of his Master, and he reasoned thus: "The Master sent me to the mountain stream for water, knowing there was a tiger lurking by the stream... It must be that he wanted me to be killed"
So, as he followed behind the Master he picked up a large stone and tucked it away, seeking revenge on his Master. But, first he asked, "How does a Master kill a man?"
The Master said, "The Master kills a man by using his mind"
Then he asked, "How does a man kill a man?"
The Master said, "A man kills a man with his tongue"
Finally he asked, "How does a student kill a man?"
As he raised the large stone up behind the Masters head. The Master said, "A student kills a man with a large stone"
The student turned and discarded the large stone and he knew in his heart that he had found a true Master. Such was the training of the Hwa-Rang-Do during the Silla Dynasty