The Oath of TKD

The philosophy of Tae Kwon-Do is summarised in the oath and the tenets that all students commit to observe and follow.

Tae Kwon-Do Oath
I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
I shall respect the instructor and seniors.
I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.
I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
I shall build a more peaceful world.

Here is a brief and basic explanation of each

I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
All students must swear to carefully observe, acknowledge and live by each one of the Tae Kwon-Do tenets.

I shall respect the instructor and seniors.
A student vows to respect their instructors and those senior to them (both in age and rank). An instructor must also act respectfully to all students and persons in order to be respected and therefore not misusing Tae Kwon-Do.

I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.
One will never misuse Tae Kwon-Do to harm other, for their own personal gain or for any other manner that is unjust (this one is particularly important in any martial art).

I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
The 4th line, “I shall be a champion of freedom and justice” can apply to many areas of life and although many may think one would have to do something amazing to achieve this, this part of the oath can be respected by even the littlest things in ones daily activity. If one becomes more open-minded to understanding others ideologies or the way others go about their lives instead of being quick to judge, then maybe the world would be a more understanding and accepting place. Thus allowing people to have the freedom they deserve. By accepting this belief one is bringing justice to this world and therefore being a champion of justice.As we often see, conflicts can occur over common misconceptions of information. One must understand the full story and have all the facts before he can truly make a proper judgement.

I shall build a more peaceful world.
One can easily obtain this goal by going about their daily lives in a more peaceful manner. If everyone did this, the world would obviously become a more peaceful place.However, this does not mean a student cannot defend themselves against aggression directed towards themselves as that would defeat some of the purpose of Tae Kwondo, an art of unarmed self-defence.