Tenets of Tae Kwon Do...


Courtesy is promoting a spirit of mutual concession. It means being polite and respectful to one another, and behaving oneself according to etiquette. This means understanding and being able to distinguish instructor from student and senior from junior. Courtesy requires that you handle matters with fairness and sincerity


Integrity is honesty, not just with other people, but more importantly integrity is being honest with yourself. This means that when we give a competition result then we know that it is truly the correct result. When we say we are going to do something, we fulfil on our promise. Integrity is the ability to be honest, truthful and trustworthy without compromise.
Integrity is doing the right thing. And doing what you say you are going to do.


Perseverance is about not giving up. When asked to do a task, do not fall at the first hurdle or put false impediments in the way. Perseverance is about doing everything within your power to achieve the desired result be it learning a new kick or breaking an old habit. Keep practicing until you get it right. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of Tae Kwon-Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance There is an old oriental saying, Patience lead to virtue and merit. A serious student must learn not to be impatient, to continue steadfastly, and to persevere.


Self-Control affects many things that we do. Self-Control is about making sure you stay within the rules that life lays down to ensure that you remain healthy, happy and safe. When you train in Tae Kwon Do, you learn incredibly powerful techniques which could potentially cause great harm. You must learn to control yourself so that you bring no harm to others. This tenant 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. According to Lao-Tzu, the term "stronger" is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else


Indomitable Spirit is about having the courage of your convictions and having a desire to win. It is about not accepting failure. That spirit in you which keeps you going when bad times strike, the spirit in you which won't be denied however tough things are. It comes from persevering. From getting up when you fail.
"Here lie 300, who did their duty."
A simple epitaph for one of the greatest acts of courage known to mankind. Although facing the superior forces of Xerxes, Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae showed the world the meaning of indomitable spirit. Likewise, a serious student will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice, he will deal with the belligerent without fear or hesitation and with indomitable spirit regardless of whomever or however many the number may be.