The History of the Code of Honor
Hwa Rang and high moral conduct
The Hwa Rang or Hwarangdo warriors are credited with the creation of the tae kwon do Code of Honor.
The Hwarangdo warriors of the ancient Three Kingdoms Period were not only the noble elite of their time, but were also highly moral young men.
Trained in ethics, Confucian philosophy, Buddhist morality as well as swordsmanship, archery, military tactics and open hand fighting, the Hwa Rang sought the words that would embody their guiding principles.
In conjunction with a Buddhist monk, the Hwarangdo created the Five Codes of Human Conduct. This code formed the foundation of Korean society, taking the best from Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist teachings and applying them to daily life.
The five codes evolved over time until eventually the ‘ten commandments’ or Code of Honor were formed.
Code of Honor
Be loyal to your country.
Our country is part of our very soul and we must always strive to be loyal.
Be loving and show fidelity to your parents.
Be loving between husband and wife.
Be cooperative between brothers and sisters.
Be faithful to your friends.
Be respectful to your elders.
Establish trust between teacher and student.
Use good judgment before killing any living thing.
Never retreat in battle.
Always finish what you start.
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