Tenets of Taekwondo
The tenets are easy to remember using I SCIP. While we have heard many interesting pronunciations of the tenets, Wabi-Sabi students are all expected to strive to use these values in their lives. This is both inside and outside of the dojan. For this reason we incorporate the tenets into our gradings and training.
Below are the tenets and explanations:
욤 치 INTEGRITY ( YOM CHI )
Knowing the difference between right and wrong. If a student does something wrong, to feel bad about it. Within the dojang, students should honestly attempt to do whatever the instructor asks. If they are asked to do 20 press-ups, they should not do only 10 because the instructor is not watching. Outside the dojang, students should not misrepresent themselves.
궄 기 SELF CONTROL ( GUK GI )
This tenet is extremely important inside and outside the dojang, either conducting oneself in free sparring or in one’s personal affairs. Good self-control in free sparring enables you to execute stunning techniques without injuring your partners. Good self-control in daily life allows you to work comfortably and confidently with others.
예 의 COURTESY ( YE UI )
Students should show respect to all people regardless of age, gender or race. Respect and courtesy should be shown to instructors and to higher ranking students. Students should be polite and encourage a sense of justice. Students should constantly look within themselves and not be quick to judge others.
뱈조올 INDOMITABLE SPIRIT ( BAEKJOOL )
Never be afraid to be yourself and trust your judgment. Indomitable spirit is what enables you to keep your ideals and your identity in the face of overwhelming pressures. It is the strength to reject the things that “everyone else is doing” if you believe them to be wrong.
인 내 PERSEVERANCE ( IN NAE )
Nothing of worth comes easily and perseverance and patience are required to excel at anything. Students should stick to their goals even if they fail a hundred times, knowing that it is simply part of the journey in order to succeed. Students should try again and again, confident that they will succeed in their goal as long as that goal is a worthy one.
The martial arts skills learned in Taekwondo are to be used to prevent conflict and violence. Never should a Taekwondo student initiate physical conflict, and the techniques of Taekwondo should be used only as a last resort in self defence or in the defence of another person. Essentially, Taekwondo students are expected to be model citizens and work for the betterment of their community.