It is my firm belief that through Taekwon-Do,
anyone can garner enough strength to become a guardian of justice,
to challenge social disunity and, to clutivate the human spirit
to the highest level attainable. It is in this spirit I am dedicating
the art of Taekwon-Do to the people of the world. The philosophy
of Taekwon-Do is based on the ethical, moral, and spiritual
standards by which men can live together in harmony, and the
patterns are inspired by the ideals and exploits of great men
from Korean history.
Under no circumstances should Taekwon-Do be used for selfish,
aggressive or violent purposes, either by an individual or group.
Nor will Taekwon-Do be used for any commercial or political
I have set forth the following philosophy and guidelines which
will be the cornerstone of Taekwon-Do and by which all serious
students of this art are encouraged to live.
-General Choi Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwon-Do
Link to biography of General Choi Hong-Hi
Be willing to go where the going is tough
and do the things that are worth doing even if they are difficult.
Be gentle to the weak and tough to the strong.
Be content with what you have in money and
position, never in skills.
Always finish what you begin, be it large
Be a willing teacher to anyone regardless
of religion, race, or ideology.
Never yield to repression or threat in the
pursuit of a noble cause.
Teach attitude and skill with action rather
Always be yourself even though your circumstances
Be the eternal teacher who teaches with
the body when young, with words when old, and by moral precept
even after death.