Courtesy

Martial arts students know to be thoughtful and considerate of others. Taekwondo students and instructors should be polite, and show consideration for others. In this way, students learn to show respect to themselves and those around them. Whether it is saying Yes Ma�am or Yes Sir to an adult or instructor, or holding open a door for a friend, how we display courteous behavior tells people a lot about us.

Integrity

Integrity means to be honest and good. Taekwondo practitioners should live by a code of moral values and principles. In Tae Kwon Do, integrity means being able to define right from wrong, and have the conscience if wrong, to feel guilt.

Self-Control

Martial artists know to have control of their body and mind. A Taekwondo student should practice controlling his actions and reactions. One daily example students encounter listening to their instructor during class when they would rather be playing or running or talking with their friends. All Amys students also learn to control their temper. When they get into a conflict with their parents, they learn to be rational and explain instead of shouting or talking back.

Indomitable Spirit

A good explanation of having an indomitable spirit is to have courage in the face of adversity. A Taekwondo student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another. A quote that summarizes the meaning is, "Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then learn to do it anyway."

Perseverance

Perseverance is staying committed to doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Becoming a black belt requires a lot of perseverance. Not only is testing for each individual belt a challenge, but it takes a long time until you reach your final goal of becoming a black belt. Perseverance can be explained by the following quote, "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."