The Taekwondo Tenets Poem

Courtesy is giving a bow,
to black belts and teachers who show you how.
It's doing your chores before you are asked,
and being helpful in every class.
It's simple words like thank you and please,
and never -no, never to hurt or tease.

          Integrity is the simple rule,
          of being honest at home and in school.
          It's never cheating when taking a test,
          or thinking your better than all of the rest.
          To lie or steal just wouldn't be right,
          so try to be honest with all of your might.

                    Self-Control states a simple fact,
                    you should always think before you act.
                    It's standing in class, not a muscle you twitch,
                    even if only to scratch an itch.
                    It's counting to ten when things make you mad,
                    then walking away because fighting is bad.

          Perseverance is telling your heart,
          you're going to finish the things that you start.
          It's refusing to quit when the going gets tough,
          or starting to cry when the sparring gets rough.
          It's not giving up on the board you must break,
          no matter how many tries it may take.

Indomitable Spirit is showing no fear,
or running away when trouble is near.
It's knowing in life there's some risks you must take,
and along the way some mistakes you may make.
It's standing up proudly and thinking with glee,
I'm OK! I can do it! I believe in me!

                                                                          -Cindy Eschanbacher