The Five Tenets of Taekwondo

tenets of taekwondo

tenets of taekwondo

With the advent of Integrity Martial Arts Black Belt Academy, I thought  a post about what Taekwondo means would be helpful.

There are five tenets of Taekwon-Do. A tenet is a ‘core belief’ or value and in Taekwon-Do.  The tenets of TaeKwonDo deal with the fundamental elements of etiquette. They should serve as a guide for all students of the art.


Tenets of Taekwon-Do #1: Courtesy

Courtesy, or 예의 in Korean Hangul (pronounced ye-wee), refers to showing courtesy to all others in the dojang (training area or school) as well as people you may meet outside of formal Taekwon-Do training. Included in this tenet is observing correct etiquette and manners at all times. Your behavior and attitude must include proper courtesy at all times.

Tenets of Taekwon-Do #2: Integrity

Integrity, or 염치 in Korean Hangul (pronounced yom-chee), includes not only the general definition of integrity where one is not only able to determine the difference between right and wrong but also being able to stand up for what is ethically correct. Being honest and having strong moral principles is paramount and working hard to be beyond corruption are important aspects of the tenet of integrity.

Tenets of Taekwon-Do #3: Perseverance

Perseverance, or 인냬 in Korean Hangul (pronounced een-nay), simply refers to the willingness of the Taekwon-Do student to continue to strive even though there may be obstacles that appear to keep you from your goal.   Through persistence one can reach their goal. This applies to their Taekwon-Do training as well as other aspects of their lives.

Tenets of Taekwon-Do #4: Self Control

Self control, or 극기 in Korean Hangul (pronounced gook-gee), means to have control over your thoughts as well as your actions. Maintaining a pure mind as well as a pure body by keeping your emotions in check, particularly in difficult or trying circumstances.

Tenets of Taekwon-Do #5: Indomitable Spirit

Indomitable spirit, or 백절불굴 in Korean Hangul (pronounced beckjool boolgool), is difficult to define but generally refers to having the courage to stand up for your beliefs and to stay strong in those beliefs and convictions no matter what the odds against you may be. It also refers to consistently exhibiting a full 100% effort in all that you do inside the dojang (training area) and in life.

The 5 tenets of Taekwon-Do are a guide for a student’s behavior inside the dojang but are meant to extend outside the gym and into real life. It is a through these tenets that one’s character is built up with the practice of Taekwon-Do and the repetition and memorization is important for young students as they begin their training. It is important for each student of Taekwon-Do to take some time to think about applying the 5 tenets to their daily lives in how they act and interact with others in all situations.
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