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Much of Tae Kwon Do's early development took place in military organizations as such, there are strong codes of conduct inherent in Tae Kwon Do.  These codes are reflected in the "Commandments of  Tae Kwon Do" and are strongly influenced by Buddhism. The commandments are influenced by the Hwa Rang Do code of honor:

  1. Serve your lord with loyalty
  2. Serve your parents with filial piety
  3. Trust your friends
  4. Never retreat from a battle
  5. When taking life, be selective

The commandments of Tae Kwon Do are used as a guide for the moral development of students and the art. A student who does not fully understand these tenets can not hope to master the true essence of Tae Kwon Do.

The Commandments of Tae Kwon Do:

  1. Loyalty to your country
  2. Respect your parents
  3. Faithfulness to your spouse
  4. Respect your brothers and sisters
  5. Loyalty to your friends
  6. Respect your elders
  7. Respect your teacher
  8. Never take life unjustly
  9. Indomitable spirit
  10. Loyalty to your school
  11. Finish what you begin

How to behave in the dojang

There are a few general rules.

  1. Always wear a clean Dobok (uniform).
  2. Maintain clean hands, feet and trim nails.
  3. Don't wear sharp things  to class that might injure other students during training.
  4. Put away or cover jewelry that might get broken or injure other students.
  5. Don't drink, smoke, chew gum or eat in the dojang (training hall)
  6. Be on time for class.
  7. When entering and leaving the dojang, make a proper bow.
  8. Don't talk, unless it is necessary.