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Moral Culture

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Jungshin Sooyang


The broad connotations and various possible interpretations of the Moral Culture are often very difficult for the western mind to grasp because this is an aspect of Oriental Philiosophy which pervades the lives of Oriental people. In a short, it is the endeavor and process of becoming an exemplary person such as Confucius (552-479 AD.)

To become such a person, one has to first find himself and aquire a moral character which is respected by all. This can only be schieved through constant practice of mental discipline. Thus, if the times cal for it, the mentally disciplined man can contribute to the building of an ideal society through wise counsel to the government and, even after death, through his everlasting example.

Confucius said, 'to promote the sense of morality one must treat other s with faithfulness ans sincerity based on righteousness, and to eliminate completely vicious thinking'.

There are 5 Vitues given to each one of us:

  1. Humanity (In)
  2. Righteousness (Ui)
  3. Propriety (Ye)
  4. Wisdom (Ji)
  5. Trust (Shin)

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Patterns - Tul

Taekwon-Do Jungshin


Courtesy-(Ye Ui)
Integrity-(Yom Chi)
Perseverance-(In Nae)
Self-Control-(Guk Gi)
Imdomitable Spirit-(Baekjul Boolgool)

The five Tenets of Taekwon-Do Explanation of the Tenets

Needless to say, the success or failure of Taekwon-Do training depends largely on how one observes and implements the tenets of Taekwon-Do which should serve as a guide for all serious students of the art.

Courtesy

Taekwon-Do students should attempt to practise the following elements of courtesy to build up their noble character and conduct the training in an orderly manner as well.

  1. To promote the spirit of mutual concessions.
  2. To be ashamed of one's vices, comtempting those of others.
  3. To be polite to one another.
  4. To encourage the sense of justice and humanity.
  5. To distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior, and elder from younger.
  6. To behave oneself according to etiquette.
  7. To respect other's possesions.
  8. To handle matters with fairness and sincerity.
  9. To refrain from giving or receiving any gift when in doubt.

Integrity

In Taekwon-Do, the word integrity assumes a looser definition than the one usually presented in the Dictionary. One must be able to define right and wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Listed are some examples, where integrity is lacking:

  1. The Instructor who misrepresents himself and his art by presenting improper techniques to his students because of lack of knowledge or apathy
  2. The student who misrepresents himself by 'fixing' breaking materials before demonstrations.
  3. The Instructor who camouflages bad technique with luxurious training halls or false flattery to his students.
  4. The student who requests rank from an instructor, or attempts to purchase it.
  5. The student who gains fank for ego purposes or the feeling of power.
  6. The Instructor who teaches and promotes his art for materialistic gains.
  7. The student whose actions do not live up to his words
  8. To student who feels ashamed to seek opinions from his juniors.

Perseverance

There is an old Oriental saying, 'Patience leads to virtue and merit'. 'One can make a peaceful home by being patient for 100 times'. Certainly happiness and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person. To achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal, then constantly persevere.

Self-Control

This tenet is extremely important inside and outside the Do-jang, whether coducting oneself in free sparring or in one's personal affairs. A loss of Self-Control in free sparring can prove disasterous to both student and opponent. An inability to live and work within one's capability or sphere is also a lack of Self-Control.

According to Lao-Tzu 'the term stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else.'

Indomitable Spirit

'Here lie 300, who did their duty,' an simple epithaph for one of the greatest acts of courage known to mankind.

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