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Much of Tae Kwon Do's early
development took place in military organizations as such, there are strong codes of
conduct inherent in Tae Kwon Do. These codes are reflected in the
"Commandments of Tae Kwon Do" and are strongly influenced by Buddhism.
The commandments are influenced by the Hwa Rang Do code of honor:
- Serve your lord with loyalty
- Serve your parents with filial piety
- Trust your friends
- Never retreat from a battle
- When taking life, be selective
The commandments of
Tae Kwon Do are used as a guide for the moral development of students and
the art. A student who does not fully understand these tenets can not hope
to master the true essence of Tae Kwon Do.
The Commandments of Tae Kwon Do:
- Loyalty to your country
- Respect your parents
- Faithfulness to your spouse
- Respect your brothers and sisters
- Loyalty to your friends
- Respect your elders
- Respect your teacher
- Never take life unjustly
- Indomitable spirit
- Loyalty to your school
- Finish what you begin
How to behave in the dojang
There are a few general rules.
- Always wear a clean Dobok (uniform).
- Maintain clean hands, feet and trim nails.
- Don't wear sharp things to class that might
injure other students during training.
- Put away or cover jewelry that might get broken or
injure other students.
- Don't drink, smoke, chew gum or eat in the dojang
- Be on time for class.
- When entering and leaving the dojang, make a
- Don't talk, unless it is necessary.