The 5 tenets of Tae Kwon Do
A tenet is a ‘core belief’ or value and in Tae Kwon-Do the tenets deal with the fundamental elements of etiquette. They should serve as a guide for all students of the art.
Tae Kwon Do aims to achieve:
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do #1: Courtesy
Courtesy, or 예의 in Korean Hangul (pronounced ye-wee), refers to showing courtesy to all others in the dojang (training area or school) as well as people you may meet outside of formal Tae Kwon-Do training. Included in this tenet is observing correct etiquette and manners at all times. Your behavior and attitude must include proper courtesy at all times.
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do #2: Integrity
Integrity, or 염치 in Korean Hangul (pronounced yom-chee), includes not only the general definition of integrity where one is not only able to determine the difference between right and wrong but also being able to stand up for what is ethically correct. Being honest and having strong moral principles is paramount and working hard to be beyond corruption are important aspects of the tenet of integrity.
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do #3: Perseverance
Perseverance, or 인냬 in Korean Hangul (pronounced een-nay), simply refers to the willingness of the Tae Kwon-Do student to continue to strive even though there may be obstacles that appear to keep you from your goal. Through persistence one can reach their goal. This applies to their Tae Kwon-Do training as well as other aspects of their lives.
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do #4: Self Control
Self control, or 극기 in Korean Hangul (pronounced gook-gee), means to have control over your thoughts as well as your actions. Maintaining a pure mind as well as a pure body by keeping your emotions in check, particularly in difficult or trying circumstances.
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do #5: Indomitable Spirit
Indomitable spirit, or 백절불굴 in Korean Hangul (pronounced beckjool boolgool), is difficult to define but generally refers to having the courage to stand up for your beliefs and to stay strong in those beliefs and convictions no matter what the odds against you may be. It also refers to consistently exhibiting a full 100% effort in all that you do inside the dojang (training area) and in life.
The 5 tenets of Tae Kwon Do are not only a guide for a student’s behavior inside the dojang but are meant to extend outside into all aspects of life. It is a through these tenets that one’s character is built up with the practice of Tae Kwon Do and the repetition and memorization is important for young students as they begin their training. It is important for each student of Tae Kwon Do to take some time to think about applying the 5 tenets to their daily lives in how they act and interact with others in all situations.