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There are five tenets of Taekwon-Do and they are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit.  

From the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do written by General Choi Hong Hi:  Integrity (Yom Chi)

In Taekwon-Do, the word integrity assumes a looser definition than the one usually presented in Webster’s 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 a lack of knowledge or apathy.
  2. The student who misrepresents himself by “fixing” breaking materials before demonstrations.
  3. The instructor who camouflages bad techniques with luxurious training halls and false flattery to his students.
  4. The student who requests rank from an instructor or attempts to purchase it.
  5.  The student who gains rank for ego purposes or the feeling or power.
  6. The instructor who teaches and promotes his art for material gains.
  7. The students who actions do not live up to his words.
  8. The students who feels ashamed to seek opinions from his juniors.

What is good integrity?  It is doing the right thing all of time even when no one else is looking.


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