Choong Sil Kwan, the philosophy of constant and never ending improvement. The purpose is to develop one’s mental and physical well-being through martial arts. Read more to learn about the Choon-Sil Taekwondo Federation and it’s philosophy.
Tenets of Taekwondo
- Courtesy – Being courteous means to show respect for others and treat them, as you would wish to be treated. The practice of courtesy encourages a sense of justice and humanity. The practice of courtesy and proper etiquette allows us to distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior, and elder from younger. Students should practice courtesy to build their character and to allow us to conduct training in an orderly manner.
- Integrity – We must be truthful and honest, not only with others, but also with ourselves! Integrity means to have a wholeness that is often associated with truth and commitment to principles. Integrity should lead you in your daily decisions and the way you live your life.
- Perseverance – “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” We are all familiar with this popular expression that demonstrates the spirit of perseverance. Life is a series of challenges and, frequently, we face obstacles in the path to our goals. We must patiently face these obstacles with a positive mental attitude, not seeing them as problems but as challenges to be met and surpassed on the road to achievement.
- Self Control – To control not only your body in its physical motions, but also your mental attitude so that you are open to learning and able to achieve your goals. To achieve control, you must first take responsibility for all of your actions. By recognizing the things you can change to avoid problems and failure or merely to improve your technique, you can then learn to control them. Self-control means you are in control of your own actions and have the option of making your own decisions. With self-control will come the rewards and consciousness of our actions.
- Indomitable Spirit – Indomitable Spirit means to have the courage and strength of character to face adversity, whether mental or physical, and to triumph over it.
- I Shall Observe the Tenets of Taekwondo. The Tenets of Taekwondo are traits or characteristics that all students of Taekwondo should apply to their daily lives. Students of Taekwondo should set an example for others by displaying these tenets in their actions.
- I Shall Respect My Instructors and Seniors. As with parents, teachers, and other authority figures, your instructors and seniors have worked very hard to achieve their position and deserve to be treated with the respect that recognizes their hard work and accomplishments.
- I Shall Never Misuse Taekwondo. Taekwondo is taught for the purpose of self-defense. It is not to be used for intimidation or to get your way. The Tenets of Taekwondo describe how you should apply your skills and talents.
- I Will Be a Champion for Freedom and Justice. As a student of Taekwondo, you have been taught the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. You should take it upon yourself to see that all those around you are treated in a fair and just way.
- I Will Build a More Peaceful World. By applying the tenets of Taekwondo to your life: showing respect, using your Taekwondo properly, and being a champion of freedom and justice, you will help make the immediate world around you a more pleasant and peacefulplace to live.
- Instructors must always be addressed formally in the school as Mr., Mrs., or Miss. answering “Yes Ma’am or Yes Sir” when questioned. Personal relationships must always take a back seat to school protocol. If you are friends with an instructor, please wait until you are outside of the school before using informal conversation.
- Instructor’s office is off limits. Do not enter without first asking permission.
- Students must wear correct Taekwondo uniform and belt except by special permission.
- Students must have clean bodies, trimmed nails, and long hair gathered or in a headband.
- White tee shirts may be worn under the uniform by female students only.
- Trust the requests and judgments of your instructor(s). Although reasons for instructor’s actions may not be apparent, your instructor is more knowledgeable and has your best interest in mind.
- Students should not be in the school if they have been consuming alcohol or drugs, or if they have a communicable disease such as “flu” or a fever.
- Absolutely no smoking in school.
- Students should take responsibility to help keep the school, dressing rooms, and restrooms clean.
- Permission should be obtained before a student works out at another martial arts school. This is not an attempt at censorship, but rather a use of courtesy and respect.
- When students do attend other schools they should treat all instructors and seniors as they would in their own school, keeping in mind that you are there representing your own instructors and school.
- Do not ask your instructor when or if he/she will teach various material.
- No gum-chewing while in class or in the workout area.
- Students should at “all times” be accountable to the tenets of Taekwondo.
- If the students have a problem or suggestion that pertains to the center or to Taekwondo, you are encouraged to consult your instructor on this matter.
- No matter how big or small, every question is important. Therefore, you are encouraged to ask. This is a big part of your learning and developing in Taekwondo.