The Student Oath means a lot to me not only in tae kwon do, but it also
applies to my everyday life.
“I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do,” is the first part of the Student
Oath. There are many situations when I have to use the five tenets
out of class. They are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control,
and indomitable spirit. For instance, I show courtesy to my friends, parents,
family, and everyone else. Even when I am not fond of someone, I treat
him or her with courtesy and respect. I have integrity in my everyday
life too. I need integrity in order to maintain my values. Some of
my values are kindness, determination, and knowledge. I also use perseverance
in my everyday life. If I’m skiing and I fall down, I don’t take off
my skies and walk the rest of the way down the mountain. I get up and keep
going. The fourth tenet is self-control. If I didn’t have self-control,
I would be in a mess right now. Although my friends and I like to be
a little wild sometimes, it can really get annoying when someone won’t calm
down. Also at school, I could interrupt class and at home, I could
get on everyone’s nerves. I also have a lot of the last tenet, which is indomitable
spirit. If I’m running and I get a cramp, my body wants to stop running,
but my mind does not. My mind is like a third parent. It is
always there telling me not to give up.
“I shall respect my instructors, seniors, and fellow students.” That
is the second tenet. I always respect my seniors, which include my
parents, teachers, any family members, and anyone else who is older then me.
I also respect my instructors in Tae Kwon Do, like Sabum Nim and Sun Bay
Nim. My fellow students are also part of the oath. I respect
them very much.
“I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do,” is the third part of the student oath.
If I get mad at my brother I don’t start punching him and using my Tae Kwon
Do techniques on him. The same thing goes for my friends. I know
that even if I’m mad at them I shouldn’t express my anger through force or
any other way. I calmly should explain to them why I’m mad.
“I will be a champion of freedom and justice.” This fifth part of
the oath is an oath that I pretty much describe as this. I’ll be a
superhero. It might sound strange, but I will be a superhero and protect
everyone including myself from all danger. I will provide freedom for
everyone and make the world a better place.
“I will build a more peaceful word,” is the last part of the oath.
This means that I am going to make people happy, help the environment, and
help out world problems. Currently, I am helping to save mountain gorillas,
and when I’m old enough I plan to donate a good amount of blood if I am
strong and healthy enough.
I make a promise to always follow the Student Oath in my everyday life and
in Tae Kwon Do, and that is a promise I will keep.