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Intro Pilsung (certain victory) is a phrase used by many taekwondo fighters to express their expectations of winning when competing. However, victory requires more than simply making a statement; it requires total commitment toward attaining victory. Just because you win, it does not mean you are victorious. Victory is much more than winning.

Win and victory

The terms “win” and “victory” are often confusing. Both terms have to do with winning or winning something, hence in many cases are interchangeable words. However, it is important to know and understand what makes them different.

The term win can be a verb or a noun. For example: as a verb “I am trying to win every match” and as a noun “My record shows three wins and one loss.” Whereas, the term victory is a noun. For example, “His intense training for the match against his archnemesis allowed him to achieve victory.”

Difference between a win and victory

To win is to triumph over an opponent in a contest. However, a win is not necessarily a victory. To win, it does not necessarily require that the opponent be defeated; since the win depends on what is what the winner considers a win to be and what the opponent considers a loss to be.  This may be the first time the winner had won against this opponent and the win may have been by default since the opponent committed a foul. The opponent may not consider the match a loss since he was beaten by a rule violation, not the opponent.

Victory is the overcoming of an opponent in a contest. For a contest to be a victory, a fighter must overwhelm and overcome the opponent. There is nothing subjective about a victory, the opponent was completely dominated and humiliated by a better fighter.

There may be doubt about a win but there is no doubt about a victory. A win is temporary, a victory is eternal.

Example of a win and a victory

Two of the greatest fighters in the history of professional boxing were Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán. Leonard was a good looking, flashy, charismatic boxer who was named "Boxer of the Decade" in the 1980s. Durán was known as a versatile, technical brawler and pressure fighter, which earned him the nickname of "Manos de Piedra" ("Hands of Stone") for his formidable punching power and excellent defense. They fought each other three times over a decade.

They first fought on June 20, 1980, in Montreal, Canada. Leonard was defending the World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight Championship for the second time. Durán was the WBC No. 1 welterweight contender. Leonard abandoned his usual slick boxing style and stood flat-footed with Durán. Durán won by unanimous decision. This was a win for Leonard but one that Durán did not accept so he demanded a rematch.

The rematch, billed as "The Super Fight," took place November 25, 1980, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Leonard used his superior speed and movement to outbox and befuddle Durán. Leonard was constantly moving. His jab was constantly snapping Durán’s head back. When Durán got Leonard against the ropes, Leonard would pivot, spin-off, and come back with a punch.

In round 7, Leonard started to taunt Durán. Late in the round, winding up his right hand, as if to throw a bolo punch, Leonard snapped out a left jab and caught Durán flush in the face. In the closing seconds of the eighth round, Durán turned his back to Leonard and quit fighting, waving his glove and saying to referee "No más" ("No more" in Spanish). Leonard was the winner by a technical knockout (TKO), regaining the WBC Welterweight Championship. This was a victory for Leonard. He had dominated, overwhelmed, embarrassed, and humiliated Durán during the entire fight.

Leonard and Durán fought a third and final time on December 7, 1989, in Las Vegas, with Leonard retaining the WBC Super Middleweight Championship in a lopsided twelve-round unanimous decision that led to another win for Leonard.

Things that help ensure victory


  • Train your body. Use weight training, plyometrics, aerobic activities, proper diet, and enough rest to keep your body in top condition. Stay drug-free.
  • Train your mind. Keep learning new things, tackle new challenges, develop discipline and self-control, and learn to concentrate on the task at hand. Stay drug-free.
  • Control your emotions. Do not let your fear, anxiety, and uncertainty control your thoughts. Channel your thoughts into the 3 C's of: conviction, courage, and confidence.
  • Maintain your spirit. Be empowered by your religious beliefs.
  • Find the "zone." When you are “in the zone," learn to recognize the status of your mental, physical, and emotional conditions and your spiritual energy at that moment, so you may duplicate them when the need arises.


  • Maintain balance in your life. Do not let any one thing, even taekwondo, take control of your life.
  • Maintain a solid support structure. Keep family and friends around you who care about you as a person, not your abilities.
  • Visualize. At various times during the day, visualize yourself competing. Live the entire experience—the sights, the smells, the sounds, the feel, all of it, from beginning to end, from the time you wake up on the morning of the competition, to the point where you raise your hands in victory.

Manage your life

  • Set long-term goals. Always be working toward something. Once you reach a goal, cherish the moment, and then set another goal.
  • Don't dwell on the past. Any mistake or bad decision is in the past, so do not dwell on it; learn from it and move on.
  • Live for the moment. Delight, live, and compete in the moment. Savor and enjoy the moment; it is what you have worked so hard for. Do not let losing get in the way of enjoying the experience.

Eliminate hindrances

  • Lose weight, if needed. Lose the extra pounds of fat that hinder your movements, require extra energy, and put unnecessary stress and strain on your joints.
  • Eliminate negative thoughts. If you think you may fail, then you are harboring that possibility. Accept failure when it occurs and deal with it, but do not let negative thoughts cloud your mind.
  • Hate slows progress. Desire the best for your friends and let them desire the best for you. You will improve each other's abilities to levels you would never have reached otherwise. When you compete with a friend, you are relaxed and much quicker in your thoughts and movements. What would be better than always finishing #1 and #2 with your best friend? When you lose to a friend, you are disappointed in yourself but happy for your friend.

Ego and humility

  • Attain a balance between ego and humility. Ego is not always bad, and humility is not always good. Find the best balance between ego and humility for you and your competition goals.
  • Live a legacy. Pass down your experience and knowledge to someone else, and it will return to you many times over.


  • Competitive Spirit. [Online]. Available: http://www.rhythm.com/~erik/coach.html.
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