Here is a poem about the tenets to help all of you remember what they are and what they mean and follow them with your heart!
Tenets of Taekwondo Poem
Courtesy is giving a bow
To Black belts and instructors who show you how.
It’s doing your chores before you are asked,
And being helpful in every class.
It’s simple words like thank you and please,
And never – no, never to hurt and tease.
Integrity is the simple rule,
Of being honest at home and in school.
It’s never cheating when taking a test,
Or thinking you’re better than all the rest.
To lie or steal just wouldn’t be right,
So try to be honest with all your might.
Self-Control states a simple fact,
You should always think before you act.
It’s standing in class, not a muscle you twitch,
Even if it’s only to scratch an itch.
It’s counting to ten when things make you mad,
Then walking away because fighting is bad.
Perseverance is telling your heart
You’re going to finish the things that you start.
It’s refusing to quit when the going gets tough,
Or starting to cry when the sparring gets rough.
It’s not giving up on the board you must
No matter how many times it takes.
Indomitable Spirit is showing no fear,
Or running away when trouble is near.
It’s knowing in life there’s some risks you must
And along the way some mistakes you may
It’s standing up proudly and thinking with glee,
I’m OK! I can do it! I believe in ME!