Confidence, Discipline and Respect

Confidence, Discipline and Respect are the three main virtues that the Universal Tang So Do Alliance strives in all of its members regardless of rank.


In this particular part of your Tang Soo Do training, we are striving to develop confidence in the areas of self-confidence and self-reliance, which implies consciousness of your powers and abilities.

  • Self-confidence stresses trust in your own self-sufficiency
  • Self-reliance stresses self-trust manifested in action and implies independence and self-sufficiency.

Through the daily practice of Tang Soo Do techniques and philosophy, you develop techniques for your own self-defense, and become aware of your hidden capabilities. Thus you must maintain the attitude of never saying, “I Can’t,” but “I can”. Remember, you are as important as anyone else is, no matter who he or she is or what he or she seems to be.


The word discipline conjures up different meanings to many people. In Tang Soo Do, we define discipline as training that will produce moral and mental improvement. Consistent training is very important in developing and controlling your internal emotions/desires and physical reactions. You must constantly remind yourself that attending class regularly is importance to building discipline, even though it is sometimes much easier to sit down and relax after a hard day at school or work.

Always tell yourself that you will:

  • Attend each class or meeting
  • Always strive to do your best
  • Approach each new event with enthusiasm
  • Accept constructive feedback as learning, and you will not react with prejudice or a desire for revenge.


This is the ability to regard people and thing with respect or esteem, and the willingness to demonstrate consideration and appreciation. The first step in accomplishing this is to remember, “You are the most important person in this world”. In other words first respect yourself. You are what you see yourself acting and doing the things that will enhance your self-respect and regard for other people and things. Strive to build sound a relationship, respect is a two way street. You must give others respet and it will be returned.

“All thing I have to learn before I can do them, are the things I have to learn by doing them.”