The dojang (school) is an exercise place for students who are serious about learning Taekwondo. Taekwondo is always to be treated with respect by all Taekwondo participents, their parents, relatives and friends. This same respect should be shared with everyone in class. As a student of the martial arts, one is expected to display proper etiquette both in and out of the classroom, at home and at school. Character is of the utmost importance and we require all our students to adhere to these rules.
If your class is scheduled to begin at 5:00pm, then you should be in the dojang (school) ready to begin by 4:50pm. All students should practice stretching prior to class.
Because Taekwondo is a contact sport, always come to practice with a good attitude, fresh mind, clean body and be ready to learn. Physical hygiene is of the utmost importance, you should wear a clean and odor-free dobok (uniform). Your fingernails and toenails should always be clean and neatly trimmed so as to prevent injury to you as well as your partner and instructor.
Dobok (uniform) Care and Hygiene
An all white dobok (uniform) is required for all formal classes. Being that Taekwondo is a contact sport and martial art, it may cause you to perspire and your temperature to rise. Always wear your dobok (uniform) properly and treat it with the utmost respect. It should be clean and wrinkle-free at all times. Do not roll up the sleeves or wear (disgrace) your uniform in an inappropriate or disrespectful manner.
The dojang (school) is for serious Taekwondo study and is not intended to be a social gathering. Since the dojang (school) is to be considered a place of respect and learning, foul language and unsportsmanlike conduct/aggression will absolutely not be tolerated. Students should never criticize a fellow student for not moving well, blame them for mistakes or otherwise demean them in any manner. Such behavior is not consistent with the Taekwondo philosophy and strictly forbidden.
Refrain from idle conversations while in the dojang (school). When you arrive early for your class, or if you are watching the workout, please do not distract your fellow students or the instructor. Your instructor should always have your undivided attention. If you have a question during a session, raise your hand, wait to be called on and ask the instructor.
One of the first things is how to properly bow and when to. Bowing is the oriental equivalent of shaking hands in the USA. Execute a bow by bending 45 degrees at the waist; back straight; legs straight and together; and hands by your side. By bowing, you are showing respect for your instructor, fellow students, yourself and Taekwondo. When entering the dojang (school), bow towards the flag when you step on or off the mat, and at the beginning and end of each session. Be sure to bow to your instructor and introduce yourself to any new students. You should bow upon meeting your instructor in or outside the dojang (school). You should bow to your partner before and after practice. When lining up for formal workouts, students should arrange themselves in a descending order by belt rank (right to left, front row to back). When the instructor commands ‘Kyung-yae”, you are to bow.
Please make sure all jewelry is removed prior to your workout. Neither men nor women are exempt. Students with long hair should remove hairpins and barrettes.
Leaving the Mat or Dojang (school) During Practice
Once you bow onto the mat for a workout session, you are not to leave the workout or the room without the express permission of your instructor. If you need to leave class early, inform your instructor before the class commences; and when it comes time to leave, raise your hand and ask permission to leave. Do not take it up yourself to get up and leave.
Your “dee” or belt is symbolic of the knowledge of Taekwondo that you’ve learend. Always keep your belt tied properly. Never let your belt touch the ground and do not wash it. Please ask for help if you need assistance with tying your belt.