Chi Kwang Do Martial Art
Explanation of Tenets
1. Courtesy (Ye Ui)
Chi Kwang Do students should attempt to be polite to one another and to respect others. Students should address instructors as Sir and to bow to the instructors before and after classes. Turning up early or on time for classes is also an aspect of courtesy.
2. Integrity (Yom Chi)
One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Chi Kwang Do students should strive to be honest and to live by moral principles.
3. Perseverance (In Nae)
Perseverance means having patience. One of the most important secrets of becoming a leader in Chi Kwang Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance. Confucius said," One who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance."
4. Self-Control (Guk Gi)
Without self-control, a Chi Kwang Do student is just like any fighter in the street. Loss of self-control is disastrous both in sparring and personal affairs. "The term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else", Lao Tzu.
5. Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool).
A true student of Chi Kwang Do will never give up, not even when faced with insurmountable odds. The most difficult goals can be achieved with indomitable spirit.
THE CHILDREN’S PROMISE
• To always do my best and never give up
• To obey my parents and teachers
• To tell the truth and honour my word
• To always be polite
• To never misuse what I learn in class
THE ADULT PLEDGE
• To set positive goals and strive to achieve them
• To apply self discipline to further my personal development
• To stand for justice and honour my word
• To promote friendly relationships among all people
• To use what I learn in class in a constructive manner
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins.....
not through strength, but through persistence"
In Chi Kwang Do, the development of mental strength and a positive attitude is important for all students. The Tenets, children’s Promise and the adult Pledge were established to help serve this purpose and are recited at the start of each class. All our students are encouraged to apply the Tenets, Promise and Pledge in their daily lives.