Tenents of Taekwondo
Taekwondo has 5 tenents which students are taught to train by. Tnese tenents reinforce the importance of our inner self and, by following these, we hope to be able to improve our mind as well as our body and as such, we hope to be able to live a better life andto pass on these same principles to our children, thus leaving a legacy which will continue long after we have moved on.
Courtesy (Korean – Ye Ul)
To be courteous is to show excellence of manners and social conduct and to exhibit polite behavior at all times.
Integrity (Korean – Yom Chi)
To adhere to moral and ethical principles and to be able to define right from wrong. To be honest and truthful at all times.
Perseverance (Korean – In Nae)
A steady persistence in a course of action, in spite of any difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. In Taekwon-Do, one must set a goal and then constantly persevere to achieve this.
Self-Control (Korean – Guk Gi)
The ability to control or restrain oneself, or one’s actions or feelings. This is one of the most important of the Taekwon-Do tenents both inside and outside the dojang. A loss of self control in the dojang can prove disastrous for both student and opponent, and likewise outside the dojang during daily life.
Indomitable Spirit (Korean – Baekjul Boolgool)
An attribute shown when a courageous person and his principles are pitted against overwhelming odds. If confronted with injustice, the Taekwon-Do student will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all, with indomitable spirit, regardless of whosoever and however many the number may be.