These five tenets serve as the foundation for the ethical and moral aspects of Taekwondo, guiding practitioners not only in their martial arts journey but also in their everyday lives. By incorporating these principles into your training and lifestyle, students aim to become not only skilled martial artists but also individuals of character and integrity. These tenets are complimented by Australian Taekwondo's business values
Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit should guide all students and instructors - on and off the mat. Our members should amplify these five tenets of Taekwondo, and the values of Australian Taekwondo, to ensure a safe, respectful and welcoming martial art and sport for all.
This tenet emphasises the importance of showing politeness, respect, and consideration toward others. In Taekwondo, students are taught to be courteous both inside and outside the dojang (training area). Courtesy is essential for fostering a positive and respectful training environment, promoting good sportsmanship, and building character.
Integrity in Taekwondo involves maintaining a sense of honesty, sincerity, and moral principles. Practitioners are encouraged to be truthful, uphold a strong code of ethics, and demonstrate integrity in all aspects of their lives. This tenet emphasises the importance of doing what is right, even when faced with challenges or difficult decisions.
Perseverance is the quality of persistence and determination in the face of challenges and obstacles. In Taekwondo, students learn to overcome difficulties, set and achieve goals, and stay committed to their training. Perseverance is crucial for personal development, skill improvement, and achieving success in both martial arts and life.
Self-control involves exercising restraint over one's actions, emotions, and impulses. In the context of Taekwondo, practitioners are taught to control their movements, thoughts, and behaviours. Developing self-control helps prevent the misuse of martial arts skills and contributes to maintaining a safe training environment. It also encourages practitioners to approach conflicts with a calm and composed mindset.
Indomitable spirit refers to an unyielding and unwavering determination, especially in the face of adversity. Taekwondo students are encouraged to develop a strong and resilient spirit that enables them to overcome challenges, fear, and self-doubt. This tenet inspires practitioners to face difficulties with courage, maintain a positive attitude, and never give up on their goals.