Tenets of TaeKwonDo
1. Courtesy - Yu Ui
"All doors open to courtesy.
Our first tenet is courtesy and for good reason. This is the foundation of how we conduct ourselves with each other and extends way beyond the training hall. Life is far more simple and straightforward if we treat each other with kindness and respect. People will often mirror the emotion and behaviour we project. Aggression, rudeness and bad manners will likely prompt the same in kind. Confrontation and stress can usually avoided with no more than polite demeanour. Try it yourself and find out how helpful people can be.
"Courtesy is the key that opens doors to opportunity just as rudeness is the device that locks them up tight." Dr. Robyn Silverman
2. Integrity - Yom Chi
"Integrity is doing the right thing. Even when no one is watching."
Integrity is the uncompromising adherence to a code of moral values and principles. It is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. It requires the courage of your convictions and means being true to your word. You can give it away or sell it, but you cannot buy it. Without it you become nothing and will have nothing.
"Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it"
3. Perseverance -
"Fall seven times. Stand up eight." Japanese Proverb
The greatest battle is not physical but psychological. It is those demons telling us to quit when we push ourselves to the limit. They must always be answered by the steady dignity that simply refuses to give in. In order to succeed your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. Perseverance is not a long race: is many short races one after the other.
Perseverance is the will to carry on. Once we discern our true direction, we stay the course for however long it takes, regardless of any obstacles that arise. Keep your courage. We all suffer. Keep going.
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." Muhammad Ali
4. Self Control - Guk Gi
"Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power" Seneca
Self-control is the exercise of our inner strength. It often takes far greater strength to keep ourselves in check then it would be to lose restraint of our emotions. We do not have to attend every argument we are invited to. It is about setting your ego aside, to not get carried away in or outside class to prove a point, or to risk injury to another by either word or deed. We do not prove our strength by unleashing it. We prove it by keeping it in check.
"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." Lao Tzu
5. Indomitable Spirit - Baekjul Boolgool
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Mahatma Gandhi
Ability without willpower is akin to a ship without sails. Our inner strength is imprisoned by our minds alone. The starting point of achievement is the spirit to succeed. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat. Certainty of character, the courage of our convictions and the overwhelming desire to beat the odds is the basis for success. Indomitable will is the force within that pushes us even when our minds and bodies may have given up, it is the strength of being that will overcome any obstacle.
"Spirit has fifty times the strength and staying-power of brawn and muscle" Mark Twain
6. Humility - Gyeomson
"Humility is the mother of giants. One see's great things from the valley; only small things from the peak." G.K. Chesterton
In an age where arrogance, conceit, narcissism and over indulgence in being self opinionated is the undercurrent that drives our society, the time to stop and reflect on the essence of martial arts and what it means is long overdue. Humility can be defined as exhibiting a 'modest and unpretentious demeanour ' and to be conscious of one’s failings. As such, the true martial artist should allow their actions to reflect their achievements and not broadcast in speech or manner. Arrogance invites ruin, humility greatness.
"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility." St. Augustine.