I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that will reduce my mental growth or my physical health. I will develop self-discipline, in order to bring out the best in myself and others. I will use common sense before self defense and never be abusive or offensive.
This is a black belt school! We are dedicated! We are motivated! We are on a quest to be our best! Winners never quit; quitters never win. We choose to win!
1. I shall observe the tenets of Taekwondo
2. I shall respect the instructor and seniors
3. I shall never misuse Taekwondo
4. I shall be champion of freedom and justice
5. I shall build a more peaceful world
Tenets of Taekwondo
Courtesy means respect for self and others, and consideration for their needs and wants. It includes appropriate humility. Students should show appropriate respect to parents, family members, peers, instructors, and other students. A true martial artist is never the aggressor in a fight. A true martial artist works to minimize the pain and discomfort of others.
Integrity is the hallmark of a morally upright individual. Integrity means being honest with yourself and others. It means following through on your commitments. It means consistently living true to the principles in which you believe. It means to “walk the walk.” Students are expected to rise to a level of radical honesty. Martial artists develop the moral courage to stand up for their beliefs, even in the face of opposition.
The key to success in any endeavor is to commit to it, and never give up. Tenacity, commitment, grit, and stickwithitness are vital to progression in the martial arts! Winners never quit, and quitters never win! Everybody has excuses, but champions never use them.
Moral courage is defined as the willingness to change your behavior to match your beliefs. Moral cowards change their beliefs to accommodate their behavior. Moral cowards make excuses and blame others for their failures. It is vital to develop discipline and self-mastery over personal weaknesses and appetites in order to rise to the excellence that is expected of every student. This includes the discipline to get up and work out when you are tired, to control your eating habits, to restrain feelings of anger, and to place others’ well-being before your own.
Indomitable Spirit literally means “a will that cannot be defeated or broken.” In sports, this is often referred to as having “heart.” An indomitable spirit requires self-esteem, self-respect, and self-confidence. It requires an unbreakable belief in oneself and the principles for which you stand. Successful martial artists maintain a positive attitude, even when they face setbacks or meet unexpected challenges. Successful martial artists have an attitude of irrational optimism at all times, regardless of their external circumstances.
Embrace these tenets and put them into practice, in your training and in the rest of your life. You will command the respect of others and find success in your personal, professional, academic, and relationship aspects of your life.