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July 26, 2002

The Tae Kwon Do Student Oath

    Each Tuesday and Thursday I come to class, go through the regular routine, practice my Tae Kwon Do and then, just before I leave I bow out and recite the Student Oath. The question is, what exactly does this oath mean?

    Well, let's start from the beginning.

    "I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do." (Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit) This means that we should take care to show others our determination and respect for others and ourselves.

    "I shall respect my instructors an seniors." This statement tells us that we must listen to what our elders say and always show them the proper respect, just as the Bible tells us to respect our elders, so does the Student Oath.

    "I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do." In my opinion this means that we should not use Tae Kwon Do to bully or frighten people, unless it is a necessity to do so. This is important to remember and can also help us to keep from getting overly boastful because of our skills.

    "I will be a champion of freedom and justice." I believe that this section of the Oath makes a promise to ourselves that says we will always defend the weak, innocent, underdog.

    Finally, we come to the last and possibly the most important part of the oath.

    "I will build a more peaceful world." This means that we will use all the things we learned in Tae Kwon Do from the moves, to the respect for others, and even the friendships we've made while practicing martial arts to help us make the world as beautiful and peaceful place as it can be.