This is one of the most important aspects of Taekwondo. It is also the most noticeable. You show respect for others by treating them as you would like to be treated yourself. The most obvious manner in which we show our respect in Taekwondo is by bowing and addressing people as “Sir” or “Ma’am.”


While we should all be proud of ourselves, having too much pride is inappropriate. You should not boast too much about your talents and accomplishments. Whether you are a Black Belt or a new white belt, a national champion or a last-place competitor, a high paid executive or a first time employee, you should treat all people fairly.


Perseverance is “sticking with it” and not giving up even when it would be easier to quit.


Being a good Taekwondo student and becoming a Black Belt is not easy. You are the only one who can make yourself do the things necessary to be successful. Through concentration and effort, you will accomplish your goals.


You should not only be honest to others by telling the truth, but you should be honest with yourself as well. You will find that if you are honest with yourself, being honest to others comes naturally. The dedicated Taekwondo practitioner makes these goals a part of their life. Even if someone’s martial arts skills are very good, if they do not practice and strive for these goals, they will never be a true Black Belt.

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