If the Instructors
and seniors ranking belts of ITF TaeKwon-Do are articulate, well-groomed,
polite, confident, intelligent and understanding, this leadership
will provide, perhaps, the best of all possible influence on the
student. To teach another’s child to become a person of good
character according to the wishes of her/his own parents is a great
To become an
Instructor is a great honor. It shows honesty, intelligence, responsibility,
diligence, determination, sacrifice, patience, effort, care, inspiration,
and noble character leadership. A qualified Instructor must combine
the qualities of a scholar and soldier if she/he is to produce pupils
of NOBLE CHARACTER and outstanding skills. Taekwon-Do training is
a self-discipline and self- improvement educational program. This
priceless art teaches us and helps us to cultivate our mind and
body. The success or failure of training depends largely on how
one observes and implements the tenets of Taekwon-Do. The philosophy
of Taekwon-Do is a guide to the formation of NOBLE CHARACTER.
A rich and
famous person, a well-educated person, a powerful person, a world
champion who has a supreme and powerful techniques, a gorgeous or
good looking person, are they all have a NOBLE CHARCATER? These
people could have a NOBLE CHARACTER if they understand the true
meaning of a NOBLE CHARACTER.
Today, in the
21th century hidden Confucian values often appear in our martial
art training. We learned a deep sense of respect for our teachers,
respect to one’s self and to care deeply for others. An old
Korean proverb states, “ father and mother are the parents
who bring me up while a teacher is the parent who educates me.”
This is the reason why a student was expected to pay as much respect
to his/her teacher as he/she would to his/her parents. Thus the
personal bonds of loyalty and respect towards the teacher parents
formed a national and family structure.
Mr. A was a person who wanted to learn Taekwon-Do from Mr. B, Mr.
A was a person with cheap character, he would NEVER say thank you,
he has the kind of thinking that I pay you and you serve me.
But if Mr.
A was a person of fairly good character, he would say thank you
and would show appreciation in doing so.
If Mr. A were
a person with a NOBLE CHARACTER, he would show much more appreciation
in doing so.
there are people who could be considered to have a lower character.
They could not care if they ever said thank you, and may even have
the gall to speak poorly of the person who taught them.
To make up
for the lower character person, is the noble character person. They
would try their BEST to show double the appreciation. Even if they
could not find the teacher who taught them before, or they are too
far away from their teacher, they would help others in honor of
their teacher who once helped them. I hope all ITF Members are trying
to be the noble person.
We all make
mistakes. Even smart people make mistakes. The loser is the one
who tries to cover his mistakes. The winner is the one who learns
from them. He has noble character. Losers repeat the same mistakes
over and over, spiraling down. Winners stop the downward spiral
through discipline, by not committing the same mistake again. This
positive action causes another positive action, and the upward spiral
begins. If you love yourself and believe in yourself, you can change
your life for the better. You can begin a positive spiral today.
The true winner is the one who never gives up. He will develop NOBLE
People of cheap
character think good technique is physical: whoever kicks the highest
or punches the hardest has the best technique. They believe the
best fighter is the best student, these students return from tournaments
only to copy bad character from some good fighter with bad taste.
Can you imagine what a great country Canada would be if Mr. A was
the Prime Minister instead of Mr. Paul Martin?
people realize that spiritual is more important than physical. They
know that the student who has a burning desire to succeed has the
best technique. He will learn properly, practice properly, then
use it properly. Noble people know the best student is the one who
never gives up. He is the true winner. He sets his own goals and
he helps others achieve their goals. He offers service from the
Mirror is for us to check our outside appearance. Meditation is
for us to check our inside appearance. What character are you? Do
you control your desires or do they control you? Do you want to
be a winner or a loser? Do you think negatively or positively? Do
you have the best technique? Are you the best TAEKWON-DO student?