What is the US Korean taekwondo pledge?

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There are many different pledges associated with Taekwondo in the U.S., and around the world. Pledges often differ depending on what organization you are affiliated with. There were different pledges used in each of the nine original Kwans. Individual schools may also have their own school pledge, which is often a creation of the school owner. One pledge that is commonly used (with various wording) is the following:

I shall observe the tenets of Taekwondo.

I shall respect my instructors and seniors.

I shall never misuse Taekwondo.

I will be a champion of freedom and justice.

I will build a more peaceful world.

One of the key elements of the above oath are the "tenets." One can not observe the tenets, and incorporate them into their daily life if they don't know what they are, or what the meaning of each tenet is. The term "tenets" is often mispronounced and misspelled as "tenants" (renters of property). A tenet is a fundamental belief held to be consistently true. The tenets of Taekwondo teach the virtues ideal conduct and good moral character. Variations of the tenets exist from school to school, but the standard Taekwondo tenets are a variation of the code of conduct taught in the ancient Korean knighthood of the Hwarang.

A common version includes:




Self Control

Indomitable Spirit

Another version of the pledge is the Rhee Taekwondo Pledge:

"As a student of Rhee Taekwondo I solemnly promise:1. To abide by the rules and regulations of the school.

2. To obey the instructions of our instructors.

3. To cultivate self discipline and perseverance.

4. To achieve fitness and good health.

5. To strive always to be modest, courteous and respectful to members senior to me.

6. To put the Art into use only for self defence and defence of the weak, and never to show off my knowledge of the art.

7. To endeavor constantly to improve myself - both mentally and physically, through my study of the Art of Rhee Taekwondo.

8. To respect and obey my parents, be courteous to my elders, and strive to set an example as a good citizen.

9. To respect the laws of the country at all times.

10. To be honorable in my dealings with all my fellow members."

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