Tenets of Taekwon-Do


Tae Kwon-Do students should attempt to practice the following elements of courtesy to build up their noble character and to conduct the training in an orderly manner. to promote the spirit of mutual concessions. To be ashamed of one's vices. contempting those of others. To be polite to one another. To encourage the sense of justice and humanity. To distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior, and elder from youth. To behave oneself according to the etiquette. To respect others' possessions. To handle matters with fairness and sincerity. To refrain from giving or accepting any gifts when in doubt.


One must be able to define right and wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. The following is a list of examples where integrity is lacking: The instructor who mistrepresents himself and his art by presenting improper techniques to his students because of a lack of knowledge or apathy. The student who misrepresents himself by 'fixing' breaking materials before demonstrations. The instructor who camouflages bad techniques with luxurious training halls and false flattery to his students. The student who requests rank from an instructor, or attempts to purchase it. The student who gains rank for ego purposes or the feeling of power. The instructor who teaches and promotes his art for materialistic gains. The student shose actions do not live up to his words or who feels ashamed to seek opinions from his juniors.


There is an olf Oriental saying; "Patience leads to virtue or merit. One can make a peaceful home by being patient for 100 times." Happiness and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person to achieve something, whether it is a higher degree, or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal then to constantly persevere.


Self control is extremely important inside and outside the do-jang, whether conducting oneself in free sparring or in one's personal affairs. A loss of self control in free sparring can prove disastrous to both student and opponent. An inability to live and work within one's capability or sphere is also a lack of self control.


A serious student of Tae Kwon-Do will, at all times, be modest and honest. When confronted with injustice he will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all, with indomitable spirit, regardless of whosoever, and however many the number may be. As history has proven, those who have pursued their dreams earnestly and strenuously, with indomitable spirit, have never failed to achieve their goals.