Principles of Tang Soo Do Philosophy and Practice

The Five Codes, Seven Tenets, Fourteen Attitudes and Five Virtues

The Five Codes

Loyalty to Country
Obedience to Parents
Honor Friendship
No Retreat in Battle
In Fighting, Choose with Sense and Honor

The Seven Tenets

Respect and Obedience
Self Control
Indomitable Spirit

The Fourteen Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do

1. Purpose of training should be enhancement of mental and physical betterment
2. Serious approach
3. All out effort
4. Maintain regular and constant practice
5. Practice basic techniques all the time
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions
7. Always listen to and follow the direction of instructors or seniors
8. Do not be overly ambitious
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements
10. Always follow a routine training schedule
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned
12. When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and philosophy as well
13. When you begin to feel idle, try to overcome this
14. Cleanliness is required after training. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean.

The Five Virtues

Tang Soo Do not only teaches physical techniques but also trains us to practice "DO" way of life through practice of the five virtues:

"IN" - humanity
"UI" - righteousness
"YIE" - etiquette
"JI" - wisdom

When we reach the ultimate level of "DO", we can live in perfect harmony with the laws of nature.