As a member of Taekwondo, I do solemly pledge; to abide by the rules and the regulations of the Taekwondo Federation, to strive always to be modest, courteous, and respectful to all members, in particular to my seniors; to put the art into use only for self-defense, a defense of the weak, and never to abuse my knowledge of the art.
- I shall obserbe the Tenets of Taekwondo.
- I shall respect the instructors and seniors.
- I shall never misuse Taekwondo.
- I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
- I shall build a more peaceful world.
The Tenets of Taekwondo
Courtesy - Ye Ui
Taekwondo students should attempt to practice the following element of courtesy:
- To promote the spirit of mutual concessions.
- To be ashamed of one's vices, contemplating those of others.
- To be polite to one another.
- To encourage the sense of justice and humanity.
- To distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior and elder from younger.
- To behave oneself according to etiquette.
- To respect others possessions.
- To refrain from giving or accepting any gift when in doubt.
Integrity - Yom Chi
In Taekwondo, integrity is defined as the following: to be able to see the difference between right and wrong, if wrong, to feel guilt in instances where integrity is lacking.
- The instructor who teaches improper techniques due to lack of knowledge or apathy.
- The student who misrepresents himself by "fixing" breaking materials before demonstrations.
- The sabum who camouflages bad techniques with false praise to students.
- The student or his instructor who is jealous of others.
- The student who feels ashamed to seek opinions from his/her juniors.
Perseverance - In Nae
There is an old Oriental saying, "Patience leads to virtue or merit." To achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set the goal, then always persevere.
Self-Control - Guk Gi
This tenet is very important in and outside the do jang, whether conducting oneself in free-sparring or in one's personal affairs.
Indomitable Spirit - Baekjul Boolgool
A serious student of Taekwondo will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice, he or she will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all with indomitable spirit, regardless of whosoever and however many the number may be. As history has proven, those who have pursued their dreams earnestly and strenuously with indomitable spirit have never failed to achieve their goals.