Ten Tenets of Taekwondo
The ten tenets of Tae kwon do are honor, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, courage, community, strength, humility, and knowledge. These are important principals that not only improve your performance in Taekwondo, but will make you successful at anything you attempt in your life.
Honor is to have honesty, fairness, and respect in your actions. It is doing what is right whether someone is watching you or not. You should use honor in your life by always obeying your parents and teachers.
Courtesy is showing politeness in your behavior towards others. It is being thoughtful and considerate of another person’s feelings. You should use courtesy in your life by always being polite and having a good attitude when doing something.
Integrity is to be honest in everything you do. It is always doing what is right, even if no one is watching. You should use integrity in your life by always telling the truth, even if it will get you in trouble.
Perseverance is to keep doing something no matter how many obstacles come in your way or how difficult it is. You should use perseverance in your life by never giving up no matter how hard your task is.
Self- control is being able to control your actions and feelings. Self- control should be used every day in your life and will help you stay calm in any situation.
Courage is being brave and confident when facing a challenge. You should use courage in your life by being courageous when doing something that frightens you.
Community is the area that you live in. This tenant is about helping the people around you by doing things like picking up litter in your neighborhood or donating money to help people who don’t have enough to eat.
Strength is not only about being strong physically, but also about mentally being strong. Strength helps you solve problems you are faced with in everyday life.
Humility is being modest and humble and having a low view of your own importance. It means that you don’t brag about your accomplishments. You should use humility in your life by being unselfish in everything you do and to never do anything just for recognition.
Knowledge is the understanding of a subject or what you are working on. It is knowing that you always have more to learn and that you don’t know everything.
By following the ten tenets of Taekwondo, you will be able to accomplish anything you want in your life.
Written by Amulya Varsavai - Youth Black at Johnson's Martial Arts of Cary and Morrisville