Taekwondo United has these 6 tenets as it’s foundation to martial art instruction:

  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Perseverance
  • Indomitable Spirit
  • Humility


The literal translation of Taekwondo is, “The way of the hand and foot”; this is no more than a superficial translation. Do, in Korean, implies the philosophical approach to a way of life, a pathway to achieve enlightenment. The students of taekwondo, through continuous physical training, intend to improve themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.

The true Taekwondo practitioner extends this art to all aspects of life in order to achieve harmony with nature and thus a stable peaceful existence. Taekwondo becomes a way of life, as well as an excellent method of self-defense. These qualities can be traced back to the influence of Buddhism, and its aim of the “Mastery of Self”. Through the philosophy of Taekwondo, a student can rid themselves of ego and live in harmony with the universe.

At the center of this philosophy is the concept of interaction between opposing forces in nature (Um vs. Yang or more commonly known as Yin vs. Yang). Equilibrium in only achieved when contrary forces are distributed in equal amounts, resulting in balance and harmony, when only one force dominates, however, the result is imbalance, which equals discord and certain suffering.

In today’s society there are relatively fewer chances to encounter a life threatening situation that when Taekwondo was first developed. To spend several years of one’s life would seem a high price to pay for the chance to defend one’s self in the not-so-likely event of a fatal attack. Therefore, it is the more spiritual part of Taekwondo what should motivate somebody to become one of its practitioners. For some people, the causes could be simply fitness or the desire to train and excel in a sport. Taekwondo will very well fit the necessities of these people; however, a true practitioner of the art should never forget the importance of the philosophical and spiritual parts of Taekwondo as well as the physical ones. Whoever makes this mistake will experience all the benefits that the art provide to its true practitioners.

Taekwondo also teaches the importance of responsibility and honesty as the means to achieve harmony with society. The true Taekwondo student is the one that knows how to behave in any place and at any time. It is very important to stress the need that our world has of trustworthy and sincere people. This is the kind of person that Taekwondo is usually associated with. This should be the insignia for which anybody could recognize the Taekwondo practitioner.

Respect, humility and a high sense of morality are also important teachings that all of those who practice Taekwondo should learn. Respect could never be over stressed, for it is respect that maintains a healthy master-student relationship. If the student does not respect their master, that student will never become worthy of the master’s trust, and therefore his presence in the dojang will not be welcomed. Respect is an important subject in Taekwondo. Respect is expected from all students toward their parents, their nation, their master, fellow students and in general toward all human beings.

Humility is a quality that all serious Taekwondo students should possess. Although it is true that practicing the art of Taekwondo boosts your self-confidence, this should not convey the false sense of superiority. On the contrary, the good student should be humble and considerate. In the same way, the highest regard for morality and ethics should be observed by all Taekwondo practitioners.