The Tenets of Taekwondo represent ideals that we attempt to achieve in order to strengthen our
character. All students of Taekwondo are expected to be able to name them, understand them, and to use
them as governing principles in all areas of daily life.
To show respect for others and treat them as you would wish to be treated. The practice of courtesy
encourages a sense of justice and humanity. The practice of courtesy and proper etiquette allows us to
distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior, and elder from younger. Students should practice
courtesy to build their character and to conduct training in an orderly manner.
In Taekwondo the word "integrity" assumes a looser definition than the one usually presented in
Webster's dictionary. One must be able to define right and wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to
feel guilt. We must be truthful and honest, not only with others, but also with ourselves. Integrity means
to have a wholeness that is often associated with truth and commitment to principles. Integrity should
lead you in your daily decisions and the way you live your life.
Life is a series of challenges and, frequently, we face obstacles in the path to our goals. We must
patiently face these obstacles with a positive attitude, not seeing them as challenges to be met and
surpassed on the road to achievement. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of
Taekwondo is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance. Confucius said, "One who is impatient in
trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance."
This tenet 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
To have the courage and strength of character to face adversity, whether mental or physical, and to
triumph over it. A serious student of Taekwondo will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted
with injustice, he will deal with the belligerent without fear or hesitation at all, with indomitable spirit,
regardless of whomever and how ever many the number may be.