Tenets of Tae Kwon Do

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Tenets of Tae Kwon Do


To promote the spirit of mutual concessions

To be ashamed of one’s vice contempting that of others

To be polite to one and other

To encourage a sense of justice

To distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior




Firm adherence to a standard of values. One shall be able to define right from wrong, and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt




One must be able to adhere to the beliefs and purpose of Tae Kwon Do.

To become a leader in Tae Kwon Do, one must learn to be patient and to persevere.




One must exert self-control both inside and outside the dojang. Self-control must be practiced to avoid injury to self and others.



Indomitable Spirit

One shall be modest and honest. In the face of injustice, one shall

not be subdued or vanquished. Instead, the conflict must be overcomed without any fear or hesitation.