5 Tenets of Taekwondo

The Five Tenets of Taekwondo

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The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo are recited at the beginning and end of each class. It is important that students understand these five tenets, and the characteristics one must possess, if he or she is to become a true student of Taekwondo.

Courtesy 여의 (Ye-Ui, pronounced yee-wee). Always show courtesy to all others in the dojang and outside of training. Observe etiquette and manners at all times.

Integrity 염치 (Yom-Chi, pronounced yom-chee) Always be honest to others, and to yourself. Resist temptation and corruption. Stand up for what is morally and ethically right.

Perseverance 인냬 (In-Nae, pronounced een-nay) Always strive to advance, even in the presence of challenges and obstacles, in your training, and in daily life.

Self Control 극기 (Guk-Gi, pronounced gook-gee) Always stay in control over your thoughts and your actions. Do not let your emotions control your actions, even in difficult situations.

Indomitable Spirit 백절불굴 (Baekjul-Bool Gool, pronounced beckjool boolgool) Always stand up for your believes. Give 100% effort each day, in your training, and in daily life.

These 5 Tenets of Taekwondo are a guide for the student’s behavior in the dojang, and in all other areas of life. Students of Taekwondo built character through repetition and memorization of these tenets. The tenets are an integral part of our daily training. It is important that all Taekwondo students to take the time to think about how they will apply these tenets of to their daily lives.