• Sara F. Hathaway

The Tenants of Taekwondo


Each day before class we say the tenants of Taekwondo. Everyone says them but are you really living them? Let's take a look at the tenants, the meanings and the applications.


Courtesy

Definition:

"Behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others," defined by Merriam-Webster.

Application at the School:

At the martial arts Do-Jang, we bow when entering the school and greet the Master instructors loudly as a sign of courtesy. We also bow in respect to the flags every time we step on the floor. Instructors and fellow class mates are treated with respect and dignity as a show of our courteous behavior. We answer up "Yes, sir" or "Yes, ma'am" as a show of respect when someone speaks to us.

In Your Life:

Showing courtesy in life means that you treat your parents, teachers and mentors with the respect they deserve. Each individual you encounter should be treated kindly. When driving or waiting in line you give others the respect they deserve to find their way without negative responses from yourself. You take the manners you learn in the Do-Jang and apply them to life.


Integrity

Definition:

"Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values" defined by Merriam-Webster

Application at the School:

To show your character's integrity you should always do the morally correct thing, even when no one is looking. That means we treat the gear in the Do-Jang with respect, even when we are allowed time to use it on our own. We don't talk about other classmates behind their backs. We display the code of ethics without being forced to do so.

In Your Life:

Displaying integrity in life means that you live up to your word. You do what you say you will. You don't steel or break rules, even when you know you could get away with it. You stay true to your beliefs even when their very foundation is tested.


Perseverance

Definition:

"Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition," defined by Merriam-Webster.

Application at the School:

Even when an activity is new, or challenging, you keep trying to get it right. Sometimes practice can seem mundane or boring, you need to keep practicing despite this feeling. Sometimes you will get hurt physically or emotionally, persevering means you find the strength to continue on, even when you may feel like giving up.

In Your Life:

Life will present challenge after challenge for you. It wouldn't be any fun if it didn't. When faced with a challenge, are you going to turn tail and run or will you keep working and trying until you achieve your goals. Sometimes it's not about the end result, it's all about the journey and you have to persevere to experience the journey.


Self-Control

Definition:

"Restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires," defined by Merriam-Webster.

Application at the School:

When at the school there are times you may become frustrated with another student or an instructor. You must control your behavior so that you don't act inappropriately. Martial arts is a physical sport that will test your individual resolve. Getting kicked in the head or ground into the mat is not a pleasant feeling and you may become angry. Everyone who practices martial arts has been there. It is the student's responsibility to exercise self-control and restrain themselves from taking inappropriate actions. Also, there are times when the excitement in the room is high and we may want to act silly. Remember that we practice martial arts and thus we are expected to act within a certain standard which may seem rigid at times but it is there to protect the students.

In Your Life:

There are many times in life you must use self-control. Lashing out at people or always acting like a clown will not get you very far. You must learn the time and place to release negative or positive energy. You are the only one who can control your emotions and no one can make you feel a certain way (you allow yourself to feel that way). It is important to learn to control your emotions so you can handle any situation in life with dignity.


Indomitable Spirit

Definition:

Indomitable means "Incapable of being subdued" and spirit means "The immaterial, intelligent or sentient part of a person," defined by Merriam-Webster.

Application at the School:

To have indomitable spirit means the part of you that is your heart will never be conquered, even if your body is. Your mind is strong and your attitude is that of a survivor who can never be put down.

In Your Life:

Often times misery loves company. There are people who live in a constant state of depression and dejection. If you display an indomitable spirit none of these energies can effect you. You decide your own emotions and choose to hold your head high and keep pushing forward to achieve your next goal.



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