The Student Oath is recited at the end of every class. In reciting the Student Oath one develops a sense of responsibility and self-discipline. It is a reminder of one of the reasons you practice Tae Kwon Do.
I shall observe the
tenets of Tae Kwon Do.
You should follow the tenets both inside and outside of the dojang. The tenets and their meanings are:
Be considerate of others.
To be of moral principle.
To never give up.
To have control over your thoughts and actions.
V. Indomitable Spirit
The willingness and attitude to constantly push yourself.
I shall respect my instructors
You need to have respect for your instructors and seniors to help create a good atmosphere for training. It also means that one should respect the time, effort and knowledge that the instructors and seniors are giving to the class.
I shall never misuse
Tae Kwon Do.
Tae Kwon Do skills should never be used in an unprovoked manner. I know that with the skills that I am developing I could seriously hurt someone. These skills should only be used to defend yourself after other less violent methods have failed.
I will be a champion
of freedom and justice.
As I progress in Tae Kwon Do, I am developing both physically and mentally into a stronger person. This allows me to protect others who cannot protect themselves and be better at seeking out justice. I need to listen to all the facts on an issue and then make a decision, not just jump to a conclusion. I must be willing to stand up for what is right.
I will build a more
One might take this to mean that you should back down from aggression, but everyone has a right to defend himself or herself. I believe that this means that I should go about my life in a manner that promotes peace and harmony. This means more than just not succumbing to anger and violence, it also means that I need to encourage others to do the same.