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Discipline may be defined as the behavioural action or inaction undertaken in a step-by-step process, or in a pre-determined set of regulations or rules, so that behaviour may be regulated according to societal norms, customs, and traditions, or according to the prevailing environmental conditions, or according to what one thinks is appropriate for self-improvement.

Types of discipline

Discipline may be broadly classified as:

1. Internal discipline or Self-discipline

2. External discipline or Societal discipline

Internal discipline or self-discipline is the behaviour that one undertakes to improve oneself.

External discipline or societal discipline is the behaviour of oneself when one interacts with the society.

Internal discipline influences External discipline

A human being is a social animal; therefore, interactions of oneself with the society are inevitable. Society is composed of different kinds of social entities like groups, homes, schools, hospitals, courts, universities, clubs, businesses, professions, occupations, religions, and many other social entities. Therefore, every social entity has its own pre-defined rules and regulations of how a person may or may not behave. For example, a person may crack a joke among a group of friends, but would not in a court or in a hospital. If a person has to behave appropriately in all these myriad social settings, then it is important that one needs to first discipline oneself. Thus, internal discipline greatly influences external discipline.

Universidad de Navarra video “Character education: Self-discipline”:

Lack of discipline may lead to regret

Generally, it is seen that discipline flowers inherent talent, whereas lack of it, kills it.

Motivational Stories video “Discipline or Regret? Powerful Motivational Speech Compilation”:


Motivation and Discipline

Some persons need motivation to get disciplined; whereas, some are so disciplined that they provide the motivation for others.

Motivational Stories video “Winners Need Discipline Not Motivation | Powerful Inspirational Speech”:


Motiversity video “Best Motivational Speech Compilation EVER #14 – DISCIPLINE | 30-Minutes of the Best Motivation”:

Time Management and Discipline

Managing time in a disciplined way leads to increased productivity, as there are nil or very few interruptions, while time is governed by utilising a fixed set of behaviour.

The Life Coach School video “7 Time Management Strategies for Increased Productivity | Brooke Castillo”:

TEDx Talks video “How To Multiply Your Time | Rory Vaden | TEDxDouglasville”:

How to increase discipline

Freedom in Thought video “How to be more disciplined (animated short story)”:

TopThink video “10 Simple Habits to Build Self Discipline”:

Martial Arts and Discipline

All martial arts of the world are founded on discipline, without which one cannot become a martial artist.

Julianna Holmes video “Discipline in the Martial Arts”:

Shotokan Sensei video “Karate Concepts: Discipline”:

Discipline in Taekwon-Do

In Taekwon-Do, discipline consists of observing a specific kind of behaviour in the dojang, as well as outside the dojang. This behaviour is explained in the:

– Tenets of Taekwon-Do (Taekwon-Do Jungshin)

Taekwon-Do Aims To Achieve:
1. Courtesy (Ye Ui)
2. Integrity (Yom Chi)
3. Perseverance (In Nae)
4. Self-Control (Guk Gi)
5. Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)

“Needless to say, the success or failure of Taekwon-Do training depends largely on how one observes and implements the tenets of Taekwon-Do which should serve as a guide for all serious students of the art.” – Gen. Choi Hong Hi (Vol.1, p.15), Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do (1985).

– Moral Culture in Taekwon-Do (Jungshin Sooyang)

“In Taekwon-Do a heavy emphasis is placed on moral culture, for it not only promotes a healthy body and keen mind but good sportsmanship and the perfection of moral behavior. […] the more disciplined and cultivated the mind is, the more disciplined and cultivated will be the student’s use of Taekwon-Do.” – Gen. Choi Hong Hi (Vol.1, p.47), Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do (1985).

– Philosophy of Taekwon-Do (Taekwon-Do Chul hak)

“The philosophy of Taekwon-Do is based on the ethical, moral, and spiritual standards by which men can live together in harmony, and its art patterns are inspired by the ideas and exploits of great men from Korean history.” – Gen. Choi Hong Hi (Vol.1, p.89), Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do (1985).


Discipline can shape the life of teenagers, as well as children and adults. In martial arts, structure and discipline work hand in hand, so that a holistic growth can be achieved by the martial artist in the shortest time. And the best part is that discipline can also be enjoyable.

See the following videos to get a glimpse of how disciplined was Gen. Choi Hong Hi, the founding father of Taekwon-Do.

cyndistube video “Gen Choi Hong Hi interview P-1”:

cyndistube video “Gen Choi Hong Hi interview P-2”:

cyndistube video “Gen Choi Hong Hi interview P-3”:

cyndistube video “Gen Choi Hong Hi interview P-4”:

cyndistube video “Gen Choi Hong Hi interview P-5”:

cyndistube video “Gen Choi Hong Hi Legacy cd-rom P-6”:


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