The Student Oath 

At SIDEKICKS, we believe that assisting in the development of a student’s attitude is one of our primary goals.

 

At the beginning and end of each class, we recite the Taekwon-Do oath.  The oath well describes those attributes which are reflected in a caring and unselfish attitude.

 

The Taekwon-Do oath is:

 

I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.

I shall respect the instructors and seniors.

I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.

I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.

I will build a more peaceful world.

 

Briefly consider the meaning of each line:

 

I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.

The tenets are: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit and Victory.  The statement means that we must strive to be polite and respectful to others (courteous); be trustworthy and honest (integrity); continue trying to succeed when things get difficult (perseverance); learn to develop control over our physical and mental actions (self-control); never give up or be overcome when pursuing something worthwhile (indomitable spirit); and when all those elements come together we will be successful against opposition or difficulty (victory).

 

I shall respect the instructors and seniors.

This statement indicates that we must all strive to be humble and goes far beyond just respect to higher ranking belts.

 

We must strive to put our egos aside and admit that the knowledge and experience of others is worthy of respect.  The reference to “seniors” means that parents, grandparents, and others in positions of authority deserve respect.

 

I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.

Taekwon-Do, like all martial arts forms, is intended for self-defense and the development of physical fitness and moral character.  This statement indicates that we are never to misuse the skills and knowledge we gain through our training.

 I will be a champion of freedom and justice.

Take any situation where someone or something is being treated unfairly or needs assistance.  This statement means that we should do what we can within our abilities and within the law to positively influence the outcome.  It means that your common sense, your increased confidence and if absolutely necessary, your physical skills, should be used to help others and yourself when in need.

 

I will build a more peaceful world.

Peace, not violence, is our ultimate goal.  This means that learning the art of compromise is extremely important, since differing opinions are typically the cause of confrontations.

 

Physical violence (fighting) is never desirable and rarely solves anything.  The knowledge, skills, and confidence of a true martial artist are used in an effort to assure that physical violence does not occur.  If, however, a martial artist is forced to defend against an attacker, the same knowledge, skills and confidence are used to respond and neutralize the situation.  The key word is underlined and very important.  The amount of force necessary to defend against an attacker is the amount required to neutralize the attack, not to “win” or “destroy” an attacker.  Your force in neutralizing an attacker should be just enough, never more than enough, (excessive).  You train to understand the difference.

 

Learn to become a peacemaker and strive to stay that way.  The phrase “those are fighting words” is useful to illustrate that no words are fighting words, since there is no physical action to defend against.

 

The Taekwon-Do oath describes what we stand for.  When you recite the oath, consider what it means, and don’t fall into the trap of saying it automatically, without thought.

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