The Oath and the 5 Tenets

The Taekwondo Oath (Kwan Won Sun-So)

-We as Members:

- We as Practitioners: Train our bodies and spirits, in accordance with the prescribed rules;

Stand united in mutual friendship;

-We as Practitioners:

Fulfill the regulations, obey to the instructors and higher ranked ones.

5 Tenets


1. Courtesy (Ye Lu)

To promote the spirit of mutual concessions. To be polite to one another. To encourage a sense of justice. To distinguish master from instructor from student and senior from junior. Showing proper respect for all higher belts and kindness to others.

2. Integrity (Yom Chi)

In TaeKwonDo, integrity means being able to define right from wrong, and have the conscience if wrong, to feel guilt. Never Lie or make a promise that you do not keep. Examples of a lack of integrity: The instructor who misrepresents himself and his art by presenting improper techniques to his students because of lack of his/her own training, knowledge, or because of apathy. Student who misrepresents himself by "fixing" breaking material. Student who requests rank from an instructor, or attempts to purchase rank. Student who gains rank for ego purposes or the feeling of power. Instructor who promotes the art for materialistic gains.

3. Perseverance (In Nae)

There is an old Oriental saying, "Patience leads to virtue or merit". A serious student must learn not to be impatient; to continue steadfast, to persevere. Keep trying until you succeed.

4. Self Control (Guk Gi)

This tenet is extremely important inside and outside of the Do Jang whether conducting ones' self in free-sparring or in ones' personal affairs. A loss of ones' self control can prove disastrous to both student and opponent. An inability to work within ones' capability is also lack of self control.

5. Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)

A serious student will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice, he will deal with the belligerent without fear or hesitation and, with an indomitable spirit, regardless of whomever or how many the number may be.