The Five Tenets of Taekwondo
There are five tenets of Taekwondo to which all practitioners should adhere.
Etiquette is about learning the rules and traditions of Taekwondo, how to conduct yourself inside and outside of the Taekwondo environment and to show respect to others. There are many codes of conduct in Taekwondo, students should be upholding of these and set a good example to others.
Modesty is realising that no matter how hard you train, how skilful, strong and confident you feel, or how far you progress in the ranks of Taekwondo, you are still not the best. There is always more to learn. Students should be humble in their pursuit of perfection.
Perseverance is the effort you put in, whether it is improving flexibility, practicing difficult techniques or training for a grading. You must persevere, not give up. Perseverance also requires practice. Your goals and ambitions can only be achieved if you persevere, but you must be patient.
Self-control means exercising caution and control in all techniques, using skill appropriately to encourage junior students, not to intimidate or humiliate them. The techniques learned in Taekwondo can be very dangerous, particularly if abused and used outside of training other than for self-defence purposes.
Indomitable Spirit is having the will to overcome any obstacles you may face. Even if you feel the situation is impossible, you must take part and give it all you can. In competition, it is not always the winning, but having the spirit to take part.Only by training hard will you capture the true spirit of taekwondo.