top of page

Explanation of Tenants


Taekwon-Do students should attempt to practice the following elements of courtesy to build up their noble character and to conduct the training in an orderly manner as well.

  • *Promote the spirit or mutual concessions
  • *To be ashamed of one's vises, accepting those of others
  • *To be polite to one another
  • *To encourage the sense of justice and humanity
  • *To distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior, and elder from younger
  • *To behave oneself according to etiquette
  • *To respect others' possessions
  • *To handle matters with fairness and sincerity
  • *To refrain from giving or accepting any gift when in doubt


In Taekwon-Do, the word integrity assumes a looser definition than the one usually presented in Webster's dictionary. One must be able to define right and wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Listed are some examples, where integrity is lacking.

  • *The instructor who misrepresents himself and his art by presenting improper techniques to his students because of a lack of knowledge or apathy.
  • *The student who misrepresents himself by "fixing" materials before demonstrations
  • *The instructor who camouflages bad techniques with luxurious training halls and false flattery to his students
  • *The student who request rank from an instructor, or attempts to purchase it
  • *The student who gains rank for ego purposes or the feeling of power
  • *The instructor that teaches and promotes his art for materialistic gains.
  • *The student whose actions do not live up to his words.
  • *The student who feels ashamed to seek opinions from his juniors.


There is an old Oriental saying "Patience leads to virtue or merit", "One can make a peaceful home by being patient for 100 times". Certainly, happiness and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person. To achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal, and then constantly persevere. Robert Bruce learned his lesson of perseverance from the persistent efforts of a lowly spider. It was this perseverance and tenacity that finally enabled him to free Scotland in the fourteenth century. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of Taekwon-Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance. Confucius said: "one who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance".


This tenet is extremely important inside and outside the dojang, whether conducting oneself in free sparring or in one's personal affairs. A loss of self-control in free sparring can prove disastrous to both student and opponent. An inability to live and work within one's capability or sphere is also a lack of self-control. According to Lao-tzu, "the term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else".


"Here lie 300, who did their duty", a simple epitaph for one of the greatest acts of courage known to mankind. Although facing the superior forces of Xerxes, Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae showed the world the meaning of indomitable spirit. It is shown when a courageous person and his principles are pitted against overwhelming odds. A serious student of Taekwon-Do will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice, he will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all with indomitable spirit, regardless of who-so-ever and however many the number may be. Confucius declared, "it is an act of cowardice to fail to speak out against injustice". As history has proven those who have pursued their dreams earnestly and strenuously with indomitable spirit have never failed to achieve their goals.

Ingredients of TaeKwon-Do






Korean Flag

The flag of "Tae Kook" is the Korean Flag. "Tae Kook" means "the origin of all things in the universe". The horizontal "S" divides the circle in the center of the flag into portions of red and blue. These red and blue portions symbolize the Um and Yang theory of eternal duality that exists within nature (e.g., heaven and earth' light and darkness; hot and cold; being and not being). In science, this theory can be represented with the symbols "+" and "-". These dualities exist as a principle of the universe.

The four "Gye" (bar designs) in the corners of the flag are based on the UM and Yang principle of light and darkness. The locations of these Gye represent the four points of the compass. Ee-Gye in the lower left corner indicates dawn and early sunlight as the sun rises in the east. Kun-Gye in the upper left represents bright sunshine when the sun is in the south. Kam Gye in the upper right corner symbolizes twilight as the sun moves to the west. Kon-Gye in the lower right indicates total darkness when the sun is in the north. Together, these symbols express the mysteries of the universe.

Belt Interpretations

White Belt signifies innocence, like that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.

Yellow Belt signifies the Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation is being laid.

Green Belt signifies the plant's growth as the Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.

Blue Belt signifies Heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.

Red Belt signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.

Black Belt... Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.

bottom of page