first tenet of Tae Kwon Do is Courtesy. The simplest explanation of Courtesy is
being polite and respectful. Be polite to your fellow students as well as your instructors. Examples are
not cutting in line during exercises or being a distraction while the
instructor is in the middle of a lesson.
Integrity is the ability to stand up for the right thing. One
way to show integrity is to never cheat. Another way to show integrity is to
stand by your word. If you say that you will do something make sure that you do
it. Tae Kwon Do can give you a lot of
self-confidence through the skills you learn, but that does not mean that you need to use them outside of
your Tae Kwon Do class or competition. You should only use martial arts in your
personal life for self-defense and only when there is no other option. Not
using Tae Kwon Do to hurt people is a strong show of integrity.
is the ability to push forward when things become difficult. Tae Kwon Do is a
goal oriented practice and achieving those goals can be difficult. If you are
trying to earn your black belt, it will not be easy. Perseverance is the
ability to drive through obstacles to achieve your goal.
is another of the tenets of Tae Kwon Do. It is likely that during the course of
your training you will spar with someone who is not on your skill/strength
level. The stronger person does not need to push around and hurt their
opponent. Holding back and not making a mockery of your opponent is
Indomitable Spirit is the last of the tenets of Tae Kwon Do. It is the combination
of Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, and Self-Control. It is the driving force
that allows you to unlock the full potential of what can be achieved through
Tae Kwon Do.