The Student Oath
I shall observe the tenants of tae-kwon-do. I shall respect
my instructors, seniors, and fellow students. I shall never misuse taek-kwon-do.
I will be a champion of freedom and justice. I will build a more peaceful
This is the student oath. You don't really think about
it when you recite it at the end of every lesson. I'm going to break it down
to understand it bertter for myself.
I shall observe the tenants of tae-kwon-do. This means
that you should practice courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control,
and indomitable spirit. Courtesy is being polite to others. Integrity is
keeping your promise. Perseverance is never giving up. Self-control is knowing
when to say no, and indomitable spirit means you don't ever think of yourself
as a failure.
I shall respect my instructors, seniors and fellow students.
This is rather self-explanatory. You should never be rude to a well-meaning
adult because they're usually trying to help you. You should always give
your classmates moral support and never be negative.
I shall never mis-use tae-kwon-do. This is saying you
won't use it for getting back at a sibling just because they embarrassed
you. You must not use it to take advantage of anyone else. Tae-kwon-do should
only be used to protect yourself and others.
I will be a champion of freedom and justice. Meaning that
if you see anyone being harassed in any way you are obliged to help. You
should never make fun of people just for being who they are.
I will build a more peaceful world. Unfortunately this
is not happening fast enough. I think that if a truly peaceful world were
to be achieved everybody would follow all of these guidelines to tae-kwon-do.