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While we offer one of the most innovative curriculum available in the Frederick area. We have also taken a look at the needs of the family. Students and their family must be comfortable and confident in a program that will instill values and teach the finer points of Martial Arts. (A family that plays together stays together)

The Five Tenets

1. Courtesy

Simply put, courtesy means good manners. Before any partner-type exercise such as one-step, self defense, etc., the participants bow to each other. In this way, each person acknowledges his partner and also thanks his partner for assisting in his education. A lower rank student must always show proper respect for a higher rank. By the same token, a higher rank student does not misuse his martial art seniority; he may be senior in martial arts skills but he is not necessarily the other’s senior in experience or wisdom or many other things that are important in life.

In Korea, a class begins with a formal request by the students for instruction and, when the instructor dismisses the class, the students respond with “con sah horn nee da” which translates as “thank you for teaching us”. Unfortunately, there is an attitude among some students that the instructor should teach what they want to learn. Such an attitude is disrespectful. It is the instructor’s experience and judgment that enable him to determine which techniques to teach, when to teach them, and to whom. A good student sincerely attempts to learn what is being taught and to help others to learn as well. There are many other aspects of courtesy. True courtesy implies modesty and sincerity as well as mere politeness. It allows equals to express mutual respect while at the same time accepting that each of us, in one way or another, is subject to a higher authority. Children should be courteous to their parents, students to teachers, employees to employers, etc., and those in authority demonstrate that they are deserving of respect by being courteous to those in their charge.

2. Perseverance

To persevere means to persist in any business or enterprise undertaken and to pursue steadily any design or course once begun. The founders of our country well understood the concept of perseverance, as did the pioneers of the American West. In modern society, however, perseverance seems far less common. All too often when goals are not easily achieved they are abandoned or, even worse, standards are lowered to enable the unworthy to claim levels of accomplishment that are undeserved. Much has been written about the fear of failure in our society and its psychological impact on the modern man and woman. The person who possesses perseverance has no such fear, recognizing that one can only truly fail when he or she ceases to try.

3. Integrity

Integrity is the quality or state of being complete or whole and implies being of sound moral principle. A person with integrity is honest, upright, and sincere, demonstrating and adhering to a personal code of honor. A key aspect to the concept of integrity is that it applies to all things great and small. A person who is honest when speaking of important matters, but deceitful when addressing petty concerns cannot have integrity.

4. Self Control

Exercising control over one’s emotions, desires, and actions is important in martial arts training and in all aspects of life. It does not mean that a person is cold or unfeeling but that the person chooses how he or she will react to a given situation. Prisons and graveyards are well populated by people who could not or would not exert self control. Out of pride, arrogance, or simple ignorance, they allowed a situation to get out of control with disastrous results.

Within the Dojang, self control begins with discipline and strict adherence to the rules of the Dojang. Loud talking, indolence, horseplay, displays of anger and frustrations are examples of a lack of self control. Many times instructors observe students who let their training be affected because they dislike their training partner. This is a serious error, and not simply because the training time is being squandered. A person who cannot demonstrate tolerance for the perceived shortcomings of others will quickly find themselves held in the sane regard. It is doubtful that such a person will have much joy or success in their life.

5. Indomitable Spirit

In 480 BC, Leonidas, king of Sparta, and three hundred members of his royal guard defended the pass of Thermopolae against 15,000 soldiers led by the Persian king Xerxes. The battle lasted three days and the Spartans died to the last man. In so doing however, they delayed the Persian advance sufficiently that the Greek armies were able to gather and ultimately defeat the invaders. The sacrifice made by Leonidas and his three hundred Spartans is an example of indomitable spirit.

An indomitable spirit is one that cannot be broken. The physical body can always be defeated but spirit, by its very nature is indestructible. In combat, indomitable spirit means having the will to survive while, at the same time, being prepared to die for one’s country or beliefs. To live with indomitable spirit means to face life squarely and to meet each challenge head on, acting with courage and conviction.

The concept of indomitable spirit is common to many cultures throughout the world as well as for many people; its origins are rooted in religious belief. Whatever its source, indomitable spirit is essential to becoming a good human being as well as a good martial artist. “To rise again after a thousand defeats is to rise victorious” - this is indomitable spirit.

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