Discussion in 'The Instructors Room' started by Gnarlie, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Gnarlie

    Gnarlie Well-Known Member

    Do you directly address teaching of the tenets and Taekwondo oath?

    Or do you find those values to be an inherent part of training?

    How do you deal with behaviour that does not align with the tenets?

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  2. Pleonasm

    Pleonasm Active Member

    They are to borrow from you: subjective, thus meaningless.
  3. Gnarlie

    Gnarlie Well-Known Member

    It doesn't surprise me at all that you would say that. I'm asking for instructors' input here.

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  4. dvcochran

    dvcochran New Member

    I feel both are true and important. For children a direct teaching of the tenets helps build a foundation, a formative model for them to use and strive for. It is a more understandable Segway into learning the Spirit of TKD.
    For older or more mature students objectively teaching the tenets is a better way to help people understand how they apply to every day life. Sadly, for more and more people reaching adult age they are principles they know nothing about.
  5. Finlay

    Finlay Active Member

    hi there

    I think this a good question since the character building side of TKD and a lot of other martial arts is often put forward as one of the benefits of training but no often taught directly. Many see it as a cultural relic or the like.


    I believe that if you want to develop something it has to be taught directly at some point. an example of this is how many people in the martial art can't really do good push ups despite it being common place in their training, one reason for sure, is that they don't focus and learn how to do a good push up, it is just something to be done like eating your greens before getting ice cream.

    When teaching children about the tenets i think it is a good idea to make it part of the class, possibly at the end when. this gives you a chance to talk about all tenets or pick one. keep in mind that the children may not understand what the word means. ask the children to reflect on the night's class and ask them when a particular tenet was evident. maybe one will pick perseverance during a hard padwork session, another may have been afraid in sparring but tried anyway and see that as indomitable spirit. it really doesn't matter what they pick (to a point) since each child will see the class differently. you can then talk more widely about where they see the tenets in their life

    you may even want to have a monthly tenets award for the student/s that you feel have demonstrated one or all of the tenets through their training. instructors or indeed other students can nominate and vote for students. really it depends how deep you want to go with it.

    With adults you may need something a little more practical, I wrote about ow the tenets connect with self defence on my blog a long time ago.

    here is the link

  6. dvcochran

    dvcochran New Member

    I am sincerely asking; what does that even mean?

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