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Julie A. Julie A.


Essay on Student Oath
11/15/01

I Shall Observe the Tenets of Tae Kwon Do.

The Tenets of Tae Kwon Do include: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. I have found myself rehearsing these in my mind during challenging situations, not only related to Tae Kwon Do, but also personally and professionally. At times when I might otherwise have given up, given in, gotten down on myself, or done less than what I am capable, I rehearse these tenets in my mind. After doing so, it becomes clear to me what I need to do. It has been a mantra for how to live, how to treat others, and the level of standard to which I should hold myself at all times. In the past, I have been someone who in times of stress, frustration or a significant obstacle might buckle or take the easy way out. The more I think of these tenets, the more I desire I have to live up to the mat all times- personally, professionally, and in Tae Kwon Do.

I Shall Respect My Instructors and Seniors.

I value the knowledge and experience of my instructors and seniors. It has been very helpful at times when I find it hard to imagine myself progressing to high levels in Tae Kwon Do, to remember that each person who is my senior or who instructs me was once in my shoes. Each of those individuals whom I respect for their achievement and accomplishments in Tae Kwon Do was struggling at one point in time with the very forms, strikes, blocks and motivational issues that I am. Each time, that has helped me to remember and acknowledge that my training is a journey, not a race, and that 1. too,, will someday accomplish my highest and most challenging goals by persevering, working hard and simply bettering myself everyday.

I Shall Never Misuse Tae Kwon Do.

It is critical to use Tae Kwon Do only in the ways that we are instructed to. So much of that is made clear to me through the Tenets. It is a way of life, a philosophy of thinking, a spirit, not simply a sport or art form. It is all of these things, and needs to be respected as such. By recognizing the greater impacts of Tae Kwon Do through all aspects of one's life, the misuse, of Tae Kwon Do would simply be a contradiction. If I live my life by the Tenets, then the possibility of misusing Tae Kwon Do would never arise.

I Will Be a Champion of Freedom and Justice.

This aspect of the student oath is important to me on several levels. First through Tae Kwon Do, if I were ever to be in a situation to use it to help or protect someone, I would. Secondly, the positive mental, emotional and physical aspects are ones that I value and feet I should share with and encourage in others. Third, I feel that in my profession, as a counselor for children, it is critical that I always act as a champion of freedom and justice for each child. Fourth, this aspect of the student oath takes on a whole new meaning in our current national situation. For all of these reasons I will be a champion of freedom and justice and...

I Will Build a More Peaceful World.

Again, in our current global crisis, it is critical to focus on building a more peaceful world for all. I believe that through Tae Kwon Do, I continue to improve myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. I become stronger each day and therefore am better able to help others to improve themselves and our world. I do this with my students by helping them to learn to resolve conflicts peacefully. I also build a more peaceful world by standing up for the issues and rights I believe in locally, nationally and globally.