Teaching versus Multiplication Tables
If I tell you that 8x3=24, then, when you see 8x3 again, you will know the answer is 24. However, if you see 5x3, you will not know the answer. If I explain to you that 8x3 means that you add 8 to itself 3 times, then, when you see 5x3 or 4x6, you will be able to deduct the answer. The same principle may be applied to teaching Taekwondo techniques. If I show you how to perform a sequence of self-defense techniques in response to a specific attack, you will be able to perform that technique under the given circumstances. However, if the attack varies, you will not know how to respond and may freeze. Whereas, if I teach you some basic self-defense principles, you will be able to deduce how to respond to any type of attack effectively.