"With Heart We Stand"
South African Tang Soo Do Academy
A True "World" Organization
The Five Codes were drafted by a Monk called Won Kwang, during the Silla Dynasty of Korea, about 1800 years ago. It served as a code of conduct for warriors. It has been adapted to fit modern times, but the meanings still remain clear:
|Loyalty to Country||Here,
country not only implies what state one lives in, it also implies one's
community, or society. It means to be loyal to one's roots,
defend one's one, etc.
"Parents" also mean one's elders, teachers, instructors, etc.
This teaches us respect towards others.
here is written as a concept, without plural. It reminds us that
our ties to other people, whether they are brothers, sisters,
colleagues, friends, etc., are of vital importance. This code is
meant to teach us trust and unity.
retreat in battle
the immediate meaning is very clear, the word "battle" is meant to
signify much more. We all have our personal battles to fight, in
our job, in our relationships and even in our very character.
Here, we get the inspiration not to retreat from these personal
ordeals, to keep pushing forward to attain our goals.
fighting, choose with sense and honour
we are locked in battle, whether it be physical, mental or spiritual,
we have been given the power to choose. In our personal lives, as
well as in public, our choices have a big influence on our
character. With this code, we are reminded that we must be wise
when shaping our character.