Tenets of Tae Kwon-DO
- Courtesy – Ye Ui
- Integrity – Yom Chi
- Perseverance – In Nae
- Self Control – Kuk Chi
- Indomitable Spirit – Beakjul Boolgool
In Tae Kwon-Do the word integrity means being able to distinguish right from wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Listed are some examples where integrity is lacking: The instructor who misrepresents themselves and their art by presenting improper techniques to their students because of a lack of knowledge or apathy. The student who misrepresents themselves by “fixing” breaking materials before demonstrations. The Instructor who hides bad techniques with luxurious training halls and false flattery to his students. The student who requests rank from an Instructor, or attempts to purchase it. The student who gains rank for ego purposes or the feeling of power. The Instructor that teaches and promotes his art for materialistic gains.
There is an old oriental saying; “patience leads to virtue to merit”. One can make a peaceful home by being patient 100 times. Certainly happiness and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person. To achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal and then constantly persevere. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of Tae Kwon-Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance.
This tenet is extremely important inside and outside the Do-Jang, whether conducting oneself in free sparring or in one’s personal affairs. A loss of self-control in 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.
“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 Thermoplae showed the world the meaning of indomitable spirit. It is shown when a courageous person and his principles are pitted against overwhelming odds. A serious student of Tae Kwon-Do will at all times deal with the belligerent, without any fear or hesitation, with indomitable spirit regardless of whosoever or however many the number may be.