Day 993: TKD Part 1: Courtesy

TKD starts every session with the reciting of the oath and tenets,  5 points and 5 words that encompass the ideals of Tae Kwon Do. I want to go through each of the tenets and share my feelings on them, and how I've been applying them to my life, then through the rest of the oath. I'm aiming to do one a week, but I might bump the natural order of things to talk about what's been happening in training or upcoming competitions or gradings. So let's get started.


A simple, fundamental concept for me. To treat everyone gracefully, and to be polite, even in the face of someone giving you a hard time. 

I try my best to be courteous, to be fair to those around me, and to show respect to all people I encounter. It starts off small, thank you's and pleases being used regardless of relative status, a positive attitude helps, and smiles all round. Asking kindly and not demanding then seeps it's way in, and the attitude changes also. 

There are times when it feels like there's no courtesy in a request, however, if someones asking for the best of you, in training for example, the courtesy is there if you take the time to lift the veil. The courtesy filled response is to fulfil the request that has been asked to the best of your ability, and ask for clarity if you are misunderstanding. 

This is the aspect I feel that pervades most peoples lives in the most obvious ways, one of the hardest to hide, and something I feel that could be further explored and expanded, the internet would be a much nice place for example if we were all courteous about the issues we face even with discourse. 

Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 

Peace -x-