Courtesy (Ye Ui)
Integrity (Yom Chi)
Perseverance (In Nae)
Self-Control (Guk Gi)
Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)
Explanation of Tenets
Needless to say, the success or failure of TaeKwon-Do training depends
largely on how one observes and implements the tenets of TaeKwon-Do which
should serve as a guide for all serious students of the art.
COURTESY (Ye Ui)
It can be said that courtesy is an unwritten regulation
prescribed by ancient teacher of philosophy as a mean to enlighten human
being while maintaining a harmonious society. It can further be as an
ultimate criterion required of a mortal.
TaeKwon-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 as well.
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
To behave oneself according to etiquette
To respect others' possessions
To handle matters with fairness and sincerity
To refrain from giving or accepting a gift when in doubt
INTEGRITY (Yom Chi)
In TaeKwon-Do, 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 a conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt.
Listed are some examples where integrity is lacking:
The instructor who misrepresents 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
The instructor who camouflages bad technique with luxurious training
halls and false flattery to his students.
The student who requests ranks from an instructor, or attempts to
The student who gains rank for ego purposes or the feeling of power.
The instructor who teaches and promotes his art for materialistic
The students whose actions do not live up to his words.
The student who feels ashamed to seek opinions from his juniors.
PERSEVERANCE (In Nae)
There is an old Oriental saying, "Patience leads to virtue or merit, One
can make a peaceful home by being patient for 100 times." Certainly happiness
and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person. To achieve
something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection or a technique,
one must set his goal, then constantly persevere. Robert Bruce learned
his lesson of perseverance from the persistent efforts of a lowly spider.
It was this perseverance and tenacity that finally enabled him to free
Scotland in the fourteenth century. One of the most important secrets in
becoming a leader of TaeKwon-Do 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."
SELF CONTROL (Guk Chi)
This tenet is extremely important inside and outside
the dojang, 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. According
to Lao-Tzu "the
term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT (Baekjul Boolgool)
"Here lie 300, who did their duty," a simple epitaph for one of the greatest
acts of courage known to mankind. Although facing the superior forces of Xerxes,
Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermoplylae showed the world the meaning
of indomitable spirit. It is shown when a courageous person and his principles
are pitted against overwhelming odds. A serious student of TaeKwon-Do will
at all times be modest and honest. If 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. Confucius
declared," It is an act of cowardice to fail to speak out against injustice." As
history has proven, those who have pursued their dreams earnestly and strenuously
with indomitable spirit have never failed to achieve their goals.
I shall observe the tenets of TaeKwon-Do
I shall respect the instructor and seniors
I shall never misuse TaeKwon-Do
I shall be a champion of freedom and justice
I shall build a more peaceful world