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Student Oath

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.