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  1. Taekwondo
  2. Spirit of Taekwondo
  3. Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do
  4. Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo
  5. Korean CKD Virtues
  6. Self-Restraint / Self-Control
  7. Indomitable Spirit
  8. Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant
  9. Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor...
10. Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision
11. Martial Arts / Wu Shu
12. Tang Soo Do Tenets


China tái quán dào
Japan te kon do
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This is one of the most widespread types of martial arts in the world as well as being an Olympic sport. Taekwondo was born in Korea with influences of Chinese and Japanese styles, combined with traditional Korean combat skills. Some will define it as the "Korean art of empty-handed self-defense".

In the simplest translation, the first character means "kick", the second character can mean either "fist" or "punching" the third means "way" or "method". Altogether, you could say this is "Kick Punch Method". When heard or read in various Asian languages, all will automatically think of this famous Korean martial art. It is written the same in Japanese Kanji, Chinese, and Korean Hanja characters - so the appearance of the characters are rather universal. However, you should note that there is another way to write this in modern Korean Hangul characters which looks like the image to the right. Taekwondo Hangul Characters

We suggest the original Korean Hanja (Chinese characters) for a wall scroll, but if you really need the Hangul version, you must use master calligrapher Xing An-Ping: Order Taekwondo in Korean Hangul

Note: Taekwondo is sometimes Romanized as Tae-Kwondo, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-do, Taegwondo, Tae Gweon Do, Tai Kwon Do, Taikwondo, Taekwando, Tae Kwan Do and in Chinese Taiquandao, Tai Quan Dao, Taichuando, or Tai Chuan Tao.

Spirit of Taekwondo

China tái quán dào jīng shen
Japan te kon do sei shin
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Spirit of <mark>Taekwondo</mark>

This title means, "Taekwondo Spirit" or "The Spirit of Taekwondo". This is the title of General Choi's calligraphy often referred to as "The Tenets of Taekwon-do".

Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do

China tái quán dào jīng shén lǐ yì lián chǐ rěn nài kè jǐ bǎi zhé bù qū
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<mark>Taekwondo</mark> Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do

Taekwondo TenetsThis is General Choi's writing that is often called "The Tenets of Taekwon-do". The actual title would be translated as, "Taekwondo Spirit" or "The Spirit of Taekwondo". It was originally written in Korean Hanja (Chinese characters used in Korea for about 1600 years).

General Choi's original calligraphy is shown to the right. Your custom calligraphy will be unique, and not an exact match, as each calligrapher has their own style.

In modern times, the common form of written Korean is Hangul (a phonetic character set). The table below shows the text in Hangul and Hanja along with a pronunciation guide and a brief English translation:

Traditional Korean HanjaModern Korean HangulPronunciationEnglish
跆拳道精神태권도정신tae gweon do jeong sinTaekwondo Spirit
禮儀예의 or 례이ye yiCourtesy / Etiquette / Propriety / Decorum / Formality
廉耻렴치 or 염치yeom ciIntegrity / Sense of Honor
忍耐인내in naePatience / Perseverance / Endurance
克己극기geug giSelf-Control / Self-Denial / Self-Abnegation
百折不屈백절불굴baeg jeor bur gurIndomitable Spirit (Undaunted even after repeated attacks from the opponent)
Note that the pronunciation is the official version now used in South Korea. However, it is different than what you may be used to. For instance, "Taekwon-do" is "tae gweon do". This new romanization is supposed to be closer to actual Korean pronunciation.

Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo

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Ch'ang Hon <mark>Taekwondo</mark>

This is the title "Chang Hon Taekwon-Do" written in old Korean Hanja.

This literally means, "Pale Blue Kick Fist/Punch Way".

The rather awkward official romanization is "cang heon tae gweon do".

Occasionally, you will see the first Hanja character written as 苍 instead of 蒼. It's just a different way to write the same character. If you want 苍 instead of 蒼, just let me know.

Korean CKD Virtues

China qiān xùn zhèng zhí wēn róu rěn nài kè jǐ bù qū
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Korean CKD Virtues

These are the virtues used by Choi Kwang Do Martial Arts.

1. Humility (Humble / Modesty)謙遜겸손gyeom son
2. Honesty (Integrity)正直정직jeong jig
3. Gentleness溫柔온유on yu
4. Perseverance (To Endure)忍耐인내in nae
5. Self-Control (Self-Restraint)克己극기geug gi
6. Unbreakable Spirit (Unyielding / Unbending)不屈불굴bur gur

The characters shown here are the ancient Korean Hanja form of writing. If you wish for a Korean Hangul form of these tenets, we can arrange that with our Master Calligrapher Xing An-Ping (click on the Hangul next to the South Korean flag above to order this in Hangul).

Self-Restraint / Self-Control

China kè jǐ
Japan kokki
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Self-Restraint / Self-Control

This word can be translated as "self-denial", "self-abnegation", "self-restraint", "self-discipline", "self-mastery" or selflessness.

As a tenet of Korean taekwondo, and other martial arts, this is often used with the title "self-control".

Indomitable Spirit

China bǎi shé bù qū
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Indomitable Spirit

This Korean proverb (some will say this is one long word) means "indomitable spirit", at least, that is the way it is commonly translated in martial arts circles (Taekwondo, Hapkido, etc).

The literal translation is "[one] hundred [times] broken [still] don't succumb".
Or more naturally translated, "Even if attacked/beaten one hundred times, still be undaunted/indomitable".

This is also a word in Chinese, though rarely used in modern times.

Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant

China rěn nài
Japan nin tai
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Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant

Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals.

These characters can also mean "to endure", "restrain oneself" and in some context it can mean "perseverance" or "endurance".

This is also used as a tenet of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, and other Korean martial arts where it's titled "Endurance" and romanized as "In Neh".

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).

See Also...  Peace | Harmony | Perseverance

Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor
Integrity / Modesty (Korean)

China lián chǐ
Japan ren chi
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Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor<br>Integrity / Modesty (Korean)

This simultaneously means "sense of honor" and "sense of shame" in Korean.

This term is often used as a tenet of Taekwondo where the English terms "integrity" and/or "modesty" are applied.

This is also a Chinese word, though it is usually read with the "sense of shame" meaning, and is a poor choice for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese.

Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision

Also means: honor loyalty morality righteousness
Japan gi
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Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision

This is about doing the right thing or making the right decision, not because it's easy, but because it's ethically and morally correct.
No matter the outcome or result, one does not lose face if tempering proper justice.

This character can also be defined as righteousness, justice, morality, honor, or "right conduct". In more a more expanded definition, it can mean loyalty to friends, loyalty to the public good, or patriotism. This idea of loyalty and friendship comes from the fact that you will treat those you are loyal to with morality and justice.

This is also one of the five tenets of Confucius doctrine.

儀There's also an alternate version of this character sometimes seen in Bushido or Korean Taekwondo tenets. It's just the addition of a radical on the left side of the character. If you want this version, click on the image to the right instead of the button above.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also...  Judgement | Impartial | Confucius Tenets

Martial Arts / Wu Shu

Chinese / Korean
China wǔ shù
Japan bujutsu
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Martial Arts / Wu Shu

This is the very Chinese way to express "Martial Arts". Some even use this word to directly describe Kung Fu. But this is a label that fits all disciplines from Karate to Kung Fu to Taekwondo.

Note: This also means Martial Arts with the same appearance in old Korean Hanja characters and is pronounced "musul" or "musur" in Korean.

While this is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean, this also means "martial arts" in Japanese.

Tang Soo Do Tenets

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Tang Soo Do Tenets

These are the tenets of Tang Soo Do...

EnglishOld HanjaModern HangulPronunciation
1. Integrity廉耻렴치 or 염치yeom ci
2. Concentration精進정진jeong jin
3. Perseverence忍耐인내in nae
4. Respect & Obedience遵守준수jun su
5. Self-Control克己극기geug gi
6. Humility謙遜겸손gyeom son
7. Indomitable Spirit百折不屈백절불굴baeg jeor bur gur

After some research, it appears this list was compiled in English based on Taekwondo tenets. We filled in a few of the words that did not have a corresponding Hanja or Hangul. If someone else has a better list with characters included, please contact me.

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
te kon do
tái quán dào
tai quan dao
t`ai ch`üan tao
tai2 quan2 dao4
tai chüan tao
Spirit of Taekwondo跆拳道精神
te kon do sei shin
tái quán dào jīng shen
tai quan dao jing shen
t`ai ch`üan tao ching shen
tai2 quan2 dao4 jing1 shen2
tai chüan tao ching shen
Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do跆拳道精神礼义廉耻忍耐克己百折不屈
n/atái quán dào jīng shén lǐ yì lián chǐ rěn nài kè jǐ bǎi zhé bù qū
tai quan dao jing shen li yi lian chi ren nai ke ji bai zhe bu qu
t`ai ch`üan tao ching shen li i lien ch`ih jen nai k`o chi pai che pu ch`ü
tai2 quan2 dao4 jing1 shen2 li3 yi4 lian2 chi3 ren3 nai4 ke4 ji3 bai3 zhe2 bu4 qu1
tai chüan tao ching shen li i lien chih jen nai ko chi pai che pu chü
Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo苍轩跆拳道
Korean CKD Virtues谦逊正直温柔忍耐克己不屈
n/aqiān xùn zhèng zhí wēn róu rěn nài kè jǐ bù qū
qian xun zheng zhi wen rou ren nai ke ji bu qu
ch`ien hsün cheng chih wen jou jen nai k`o chi pu ch`ü
qian1 xun4 zheng4 zhi2 wen1 rou2 ren3 nai4 ke4 ji3 bu4 qu1
chien hsün cheng chih wen jou jen nai ko chi pu chü
Self-Restraint / Self-Control克己
克己 / 剋己
kè jǐ
ke ji
k`o chi
ke4 ji3
ko chi
Indomitable Spirit百折不屈
n/abǎi shé bù qū
bai she bu qu
pai she pu ch`ü
bai3 she2 bu4 qu1
pai she pu chü
Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant忍耐
nin tai
rěn nài
ren nai
jen nai
ren3 nai4
Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor / Integrity / Modesty (Korean)廉耻
ren chi
lián chǐ
lian chi
lien ch`ih
lian2 chi3
lien chih
Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision
Martial Arts / Wu Shu武术
bujutsuwǔ shù
wu shu
wu3 shu4
Tang Soo Do Tenets廉耻精进忍耐遵守克己谦逊百折不屈
廉耻精進忍耐遵守克己謙遜百折不屈 / 廉恥精進忍耐遵守克己謙遜百折不屈

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