Student Oath & Tenets

THE FIVE TENETS

Courtesy (ye-wi) refers to showing courtesy to all others in the dojang (training hall), whether they be your instructors, seniors or juniors, as well as people outside of it, and observing correct etiquette and manners at all times.

Integrity (yom-chi) refers to the ability to determine the difference between right and wrong and to stand up for what is ethically correct, as well as being honest and having strong moral principles.

Perseverance (in-nae) refers to your willingness as a Taekwondo student to struggle against all odds to reach your goal. This applies to Taekwondo training as well as all other aspects of your life, be it at school, work, or other physical and mental training.

Self control (guk-gi) means to have control over your thoughts as well as your actions. It is your ability to maitain a pure mind by keeping your emotions in check, for instance by restraining your anger, particularly in difficult or trying circumstances.

Indomitable spirit (baekjul boolgool) refers to consistently exhibiting a full effort in all that you do inside the dojang and in life, despite setbacks like injuries, plateaus in your progress, or whatever other challenges you may meet as part of life. It is also having the courage to stand up for your beliefs against all odds.

THE STUDENT’S OATH

THE MEANING OF TAE-KWON-DO

TAE: to jump kick or smash with the foot

KWON: a fist, to punch or destroy with the hand or fist

DO: art, way or method

TAE KWON DO is the technique of unarmed combat for Self-Defence

It involves the skilled application of kicks, strikes, blocks and dodges to avoid being hurt in an attack. As a student in Taekwondo, you must never use your skills outside of the Dojang (training hall) except in self-defence where your life or that of another is in immediate danger.

BASIC TERMINOLOGY