Midwest Academy
of Tae Kwon Do

The Tenets Of Tae Kwon Do

These are the basic beliefs and characteristics that all TaeKwon-Do students need to follow and live by:

COURTESY:

  • Be kind and polite to everyone - no exceptions
  • Show respect to your instructors, seniors, parents, and basically to everyone - use proper titles or surnames (Mr. Valin, Mr. Kuhfeldt, Sir, Ma'am, etc.)
  • Respect each others possessions and feelings
  • Handle all matters with fairness and sincerity
  • Always use proper etiquette - say thank you, please, yes sir, no sir, yes ma'am, no ma'am, etc.
  • Treat others as you would want to be treated

INTEGRITY:

  • Be able to distinguish between right from wrong
  • Be honest, especially to yourself
  • Always live up to your word, if you make a promise, do not break it
  • Do not misrepresent yourself, do not brag or boast

PERSEVERANCE:

  • There is an old oriental saying, "patience leads to virtue or merit". To achieve anything, whether it is a higher rank or the perfection of a technique, one must set a goal, then constantly and untiringly pursue that goal.
  • One of the secrets of TaeKwon-Do as a way of life, is the ability to overcome difficulties by perseverance. The student, who attends every class, does all that he or she is told, and practices daily, is demonstrating perseverance

SELF-CONTROL:

  • Do not loose your temper, think a situation through before you act
  • Maintain your emotions, keep them in check
  • Only use your TaeKwon-Do for self-defense

INDOMITABLE SPIRIT:

  • The ability to do the right thing despite the odds or without being deterred by the consequences.
  • Stand up for those who need assistance - right a wrong
  • Do your best no matter what

STUDENT OATH

  • I shall observe the tenets of TaeKwon-Do
  • I shall respect my instructors and my seniors
  • I shall never misuse TaeKwon-Do
  • I shall be a champion of freedom and justice
  • I shall build a more peaceful world