Embracing Taekwon-do Tenets: Self-Control

If you have seen Captan America: Civil War, the end of the movie gets crazy. The heroes start fighting each other. To me this was ridiculous. I can’t accept that heroes can’t control their emotions.

Self-control is important. No wonder it is one of the five tenets of taekwon-do.

When in the training hall, self-control means you must control your anger during sparring. It also implies you must control you laziness; so it’s related to perseverance in training.

On a personal levvel, self-control is about controlling your negative thoughts, words, and emotions. And the best way to control them, in my opinion, is replace them with positive ones.

Self-control also means broadly you must be a master of your inner world, not the other way round. As Rudyard Kipling brilliantly put it:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same…

In sum, self-control is indispensable for a fulfilled and balanced life. I conclude this post with another great verse on the importane of this tenet.

Self-control states a simple fact,
you should always think before you act.
It’s standing in class, not a muscle you twitch,
even if only to scratch an itch.
It’s counting to ten when things make you mad,
then walking away because fighting is bad.

©The Academic Taekwondo

Embracing Taekwon-do Tenets:

Courtesy
Integrity
Perseverance

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