TENETS OF TAEKWON DO
These are the basic beliefs and characteristics that TaeKwon Do students need to follow and live by:
Be kind and polite to everyone – no exceptions.
Show respect to your instructors, seniors, parents, and basically to everyone – use proper titles or surnames (Master Valin, Sir, Mr. Crisp, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the odds.