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Students are expected to follow the Student Oath and Six Tenets not only in taekwondo class, but in their everyday lives.

Student Oath and Tenets

Taekwondo America students recite the Student Oath and Six Tenets of taekwondo at the end of every class. Our students are expected not only to learn the words, but to practice these concepts in everyday life. These are the foundation of the martial arts way of life.

Student Oath

I shall observe the Tenets of Taekwondo.
I shall respect Instructors and Seniors.
I shall never misuse Taekwondo.
I will be a champion of freedom and justice.
I will build a more peaceful world.

Six Tenets


Polite and gracious; considerate toward others; well-mannered. Treat other people exactly as you would like them to treat you.


The quality or state of being: a) complete; in unbroken condition; whole; entire b) unimpaired; in perfect condition; sound c) of sound moral principle; upright, honest, and sincere. How we view ourselves and how we carry ourselves is very important in determining how others view us.


To continue in some effort, course of action, etc. in spite of difficulty or opposition; to be steadfast in purpose; to persist. Set a goal for yourself and go for it, no matter what the odds or obstacles.

Self Control

Control of oneself, or of one's emotions, desires, actions, etc. You know the difference between right and wrong. No matter how attractive "wrong" looks, remember the other tenets, and how you want to live your life every minute of every day.

Indomitable Spirit

Not easily discouraged, defeated, or subdued; unyielding, unconquerable. Have courage—no matter what the odds.


Success in a contest or struggle involving defeat of an opponent or overcoming of obstacles. Conquer the things you set out to do no matter how big or small.