The Five Tenets of Tae Kwon Do

Courtesy (I Yee) 

  • To promote the spirit of mutual concessions
  • To be ashamed of one’s vices, contempting that of others
  • To be polite to one another
  • To encourage the sense of justice
  • To distinguish the instructor from student, and senior from junior

Integrity (Yom Chi) 

  • The instructor must be true to our art in word and deed
  • Students must not fix breaking materials for demonstrations
  • The instructor cannot hide bad technique with false praise
  • Students cannot ask for, or buy rank
  • Students shouldn't gain rank for ego or power
  • The instructor can't teach our art for materialistic gain

Perseverance (In Nae)

  • "Patience leads to Virtue or Merit." To achieve something one must set his goal and constantly strive to that end. Don't be a Quitter.

Self Control (Guk Gi) 

  • The student must always be in control of his mind and body. In class he has a responsibility to his fellow students to never lose his temper or control. In life he must be an example of our art.

Indomitable Spirit (Baek Oul Bool Gool)

  • To be a champion you can never afford to quit. Being behind in anything means only that you must try harder. Tae Kwon Do students never quit.