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University of Dayton
International Taekwon-Do Club


Students of Taekwon-Do strive to practice and exemplify the Student Oath and Tenets. A system of rank provides feedback and evaluation of their progress in Taekwon-Do skills.




  1. I shall obey the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
  2. I shall respect my instructor and seniors.
  3. I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.
  4. I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
  5. I shall build a more peaceful world.





Taekwon-Do students should attempt to practice the following elements of etiquette:

1.       To promote the spirit of mutual concessions.

2.       To be ashamed of one's vice contempting that of others.

3.       To be polite to one another.

4.       To encourage the sense of justice.

5.       To distinguish the instructor from student and senior from junior.



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 of power.

6.       The instructor that teaches and promotes his art for materialistic gains.



There is an old Oriental saying, "Patience leads to virtue or 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. Robert Bruce learned his lesson of perseverance from the persistent efforts of the lowly spider. It was this perseverance and tenacity that finally enabled him to free Scotland in the fourteenth century. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of Taekwon-Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance.



This tenet is extremely important inside and outside the dojang, whether conducting oneself in free sparring or in one's personal affairs. A loss of self-control in free sparring can prove disastrous to both student and opponent. An inability to live and work within one's capability or sphere is also a lack of self-control.



"Here lie 300, who did their duty," a simple epitaph for one of the greatest acts of courage known to mankind. Although facing the superior forces of Xerxes, Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae showed the world the meaning of indomitable spirit. It is shown when a courageous person and his principles are pitted against overwhelming odds. A serious student of Taekwon-Do will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice, he will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all, with indomitable spirit, regardless of whosoever and however many the number may be.





Students progress through Taekwon-Do by testing to ensure they have properly learned material and have the capability to learn more advanced techniques. The UD-ITC follows the system of rank as set forth by the ITF. The system of rank in Taekwon-Do, Dan Gup Jedo, is symbolized by the wearing of a colored belt during all formal meetings. The colors blue, red and black denoted various levels within the Silla Dynasty.



  White signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.


  Yellow signifies Earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation is being laid.


  Green signifies the plant's growth as the Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.


  Blue signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.


  Red signifies danger, cautioning both the student to exercise control and the opponent to stay away.


  Black, the opposite of white, signifies maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also signifies the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.



If you hold rank in another school or style we may recognize your rank and help you continue your Taekwon-Do education. You do not need to give up any memberships you have with your home school. In order to test at UD, however, you will need to meet the standards set forth during testing by the UD-ITC.



Last updated August 1, 2010


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University of Dayton
International Taekwon-Do Club