THE PHILOSOPHY OF TAE KWON-DO
At Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do, we seek to instill self-discipline and strength of character in each of our students. Each class is taught with a purpose; to follow the tenets of Tae Kwon-Do with the same professionalism and tradition that Master McCloskey began his career with as a student of Tae Kwon-Do over 35 years ago.
Within the school, one is naturally expected to be courteous to one's instructors and seniors; but it must go further than that. It must also include others of the same rank, regardless of their age or ability relative to yours. It must include those of a junior rank, since the relationship between juniors and seniors involves mutual respect, in both directions. Ultimately, it must also extend beyond the school to anyone with whom one comes into contact in the course of one's life.
In Tae Kwon-Do, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right. Being able to define right from wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. There are many words that could be used to describe one who has integrity. Someone with integrity adheres to moral and ethical principles.
Steady persistence in a course of action or purpose, in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. Tae Kwon-Do training is physically demanding, and learning the techniques properly requires a lot of repetition. When one starts learning a particular technique or pattern, it will probably be difficult at first; so one must persevere through the time and practice required to master it, and not be discouraged.
Tae Kwon-Do is not to be used for aggression, but for defense. This is one reason why a student of Tae Kwon-Do must learn self-control while he/she is learning techniques. In class, physical self-control is vital to avoid accidentally harming one's self or one's fellow students. A serious student must learn not to be impatient, to continue steadfastly and to persevere. Conducting oneself with control whether inside or outside the dojang (school). An ability to work within one's capabilities.
The indomitable spirit has the courage and confidence to try again and not be subdued or overcome in the face of fear or failure. The indomitable spirit perseveres. Modest and honest. If confronted with an injustice, a student will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation, regardless of whosoever and however many the number will be.
One may not always succeed on the first try at everything that one attempts in Taekwondo, or in life.