Tenets of Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do students should attempt to practice the following elements of etiquette:
1. To promote the spirit of mutual concessions.
2. To be ashamed of one's vice contempting that of others.
3. To be polite to one and other.
4. To encourage the sense of justice.
5. To distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior.
In Tae Kwon 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 the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt.
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 a achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal then constantly persevere.
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.
A serious student of Taekwondo will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice, he will deal with conflict without any fear or hesitation at all, with indomitable spirit, regardless of whosoever and however many the number may be.