School Rules

Just like your home, workplace, friend’s house or any place you visit, has rules and regulations we also have rules and regulations at the Taekwondo School (dojang). Below is a list of basic rules to be followed inside the dojang:

1. Students must bow toward the flags when entering or leaving the dojang.

2. Students must bow toward the flags when walking onto or leaving the training area/mats. This includes leaving to use the restroom, to get drinks or for any other reason.

3. Students should bow to their seniors/instructors when addressing them and again when the conversation is over.

4. Students should know how to tie their own belts. We realize the younger students will need help but as they get older they should learn.

5. If your belt comes lose students should ask to fix their belt. Upon receiving permission they should turn way from the flags, kneel and tie their belt.

6. Instructors should be addressed as ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’. In the case of black belt instructors, they may be alternatively addressed by their title of Dan rank. This shows respect for higher belts. Even if you know the instructor outside the dojang, during class their title or Sir/Ma’am should be used when addressing them. Black belt ranks and their titles are listed below.

   1st Dan 'Yoodunja' (yoo-dun-jah)
   2nd Dan 'Joganym' (Joe-jah-nim)
   3rd Dan 'Boosabanim' (Boo-sahb-a-nim)
   4th Dan and above 'Master'

7. No one should ever wear shoes on the training area, regardless of whether or not they are in uniform.

8. Students who are not yet in class should turn away from any class that is beginning or ending.

9. After bowing and entering the training area and waiting for class to begin, take advantage of the time to stretch. Do not play games, run around or show other forms of misbehavior.

10. When the class is ready to begin, the instructor will call for everyone to line up. Students line up according to belt rank, the highest ranking member to the front right as he/she faces the instructor. After rank, students line up by age.

11. If you arrive late, you should wait for permission from the instructor to enter class/walk onto the training area. Students should stand quietly in Junbi to the side of the training area and wait for the instructor to acknowledge them. Do not join a class in progress without permission.

12. Once class has started, students are not to leave the dojang area without permission. If a student must leave the dojang before the class is over, he/she should notify the instructor and gain permission prior to class if possible.

13. Keep uniforms neat and clean at all times. Faded, tattered or simply worn out uniforms should be replaced. This is part of the respect tenet.

14. No jewelry of any sort (earrings, necklaces, rings, watches, etc.) may be worn by students during class.

15. Nails should be trimmed closely (both finger and toe).

16. Students should help keep the dojang clean. This includes water bottles, food remains or other trash items. Each student is responsible for his/her own valuables.

17. Proper gear must be worn during sparring– headgear is essential.

18. During class, proper respect and discipline must be maintained and dojang etiquette must be followed at all times by all students. The instructor’s floor commands are to be obeyed.

19. Do NOT stand with your hands on your hips or your arms crossed while being addressed by another Instructor or fellow students (this shows disrespect). Always stand at attention when being addressed by another Instructor or any of the black belts.

20. No horseplay inside the dojang.

21. During drills, students who are not taking part in the drill should be quiet and respectful of those doing the drills. This includes those standing in line waiting for a turn or perhaps sitting to the side while others demonstrate forms, hapkidos or other techniques.

22. The highest ranking belt in the dojang (other than Master or Instructor) is responsible for maintaining discipline of lower belts and younger students in training area.

23. The instructors will tell students when he/she is ready to test for promotion. The student may not determine his/her own readiness.

24. Students waiting for the next class or students who have just finished class should be quiet, respectful, and attentive while the present class is in session. Furthermore, students should try to learn through observation.

25. Spectators should be quiet while classes are in progress in an effort to prevent disruption.

26. Students should never laugh, moke or poke fun at other students when trying techniques. Respect everyone!