The Spirit of Taekwondo is also known as the Tenets of Taekwondo. A tenet is something that is accepted as an important truth; a set of established and fundamental beliefs. The Spirit of Taekwondo is the foundation of the Art, which is the positive development of the total individual. But not just the individual, students should also bring a positive influence to their communities. The Spirit of Taekwondo is recited aloud at the beginning and end of every class.
It is important that students know these are not merely words but are the characteristics that one must possess if he/she is to ever become a true student of the Art. The Spirit of Taekwondo is: * Respect Thoughtfulness: To show consideration to somebody or something; A feeling or attitude of admiration and deference toward somebody or something. * Courage Quality of being brave: the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action. * Courtesy Polite or considerate behavior: politeness that shows consideration for other people or good manners. Humility Modesty or respectfulness: the quality of being modest or respectful. * Integrity Possession of firm principles: the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards. * Perseverance Determined continuation with something: steady and continued action or belief, usually over a long period and especially despite difficulties or setbacks. * Self-Control Restraint: the ability to control your own behavior, especially in terms of reactions and impulses. * Indomitable Spirit Unconquerable: brave, determined, and impossible to defeat or frighten.