- When shaking hands, bow at the waist with the right hand at a 90 degree angle. It is acceptable to place he left hand under the right elbow or to place the left hand against your abdomen
- Refer to Black Belts as Mr, Ms, Sir, Ma’am or Master
- Lining up for class begins with the highest ranking Belt at the Right Front facing the flags. Belts of equal rank should always allow the person with the most tenure or age to be on their right
- Adjust your place in line if a higher Belt arrives or you are in the wrong place
- Instructors and high-ranking belts should advise the lower belts on all aspects of Courtesy
Personal Hygiene / Cleanliness
- Personal hygiene is a primary responsibility of each student (not their parents)
- Students fingernails and toenails should be trim and filed when necessary to prevent injury to themselves and other students.
- Students feet should be clean and free from debris (sock lint, etc) prior to stepping onto the training area
- Students will wear some form of deodorant/anti-perspirant appropriate for their age.
- The Student’s uniform should be neat, clean and in serviceable condition. It is required for all students to wear the approved uniform when training.
- Student Uniforms will be washed and cleaned before every class.
- Uniforms should only be bleached using color-safe or non-chlorine bleach to preserve the appearance and longevity of the uniform.
- Any uniform with holes, tears, or fraying should be properly serviced or replaced.
Uniforms and Equipment
General Uniform information
The primary consideration is to have a neatly groomed appearance while wearing your Taekwondo uniform.
- V-neck uniforms are the standard uniform for all students.
- All white and color belt students will wear V-neck uniforms with a white collar.
- Black collar V-neck uniforms are only permitted for black belts.
- Only uniforms with the school logo should be worn in the Dojang, unless approved by the school Master.
Proper wear of Student Uniforms
- Student uniforms should be neat, clean and in serviceable condition. It is required for all students to wear the approved uniform when training.
- Uniforms should have patches/insignia properly affixed to the uniform in the appropriate locations. (US Flag on right shoulder, etc)
- Appropriate undergarments shall ALWAYS be worn to preserve the dignity and appearance of the uniform.
- Specialty uniforms with varying styles / colors including Traditional cross tie (Karate-style) uniforms are for Black Belt members, and members of the Demonstration and Competition Teams. Uniforms may be purchased outside of the school, but must be pre-approved before worn during regular class.
- The student uniform should not be worn in public except when absolutely necessary. At minimum, all students will remove their belt when exiting the dojang.
- No jewelry, watches, earrings or rings…Necklaces with religious significance may only be worn under an article of clothing. (This is for safety reasons)
Proper wear and handling of Belts
The student’s belt is a representation of the effort given by each student in their martial arts journey. As such, the belts should be cared for as a valuable posession according to the following guidelines.
All students and instructors have earned EVERY BELT they ever wear… even white belt is earned.
- All belts are double-wrapped and will be tied properly with the ends of the belt hanging at even lengths on either side of the knot.
- Belts left unattended in the dojang unattended will be taken by the instructors and only returned upon humble request of the student.
- The only time a belt should touch the floor is when it is being worn.
- Students who forget their belts at home will assume the rank of no belt for the day.
- All students with lines of degree (hash marks) on their belt will wear them on the right side of the body.
- All belts are earned (even white belt).
Dojang (TKD School) Etiquette
Bowing – An expression of respect and gratitude
- When first entering or leaving the Dojang
- When addressing ranks higher than yours (Generally Blue Belt & above)
- In acknowledgement to someone teaching you a technique or form
- When entering or leaving the work out area of the Dojang (Face the flags)
- Beginning and ending ceremonies of class or testing (Face the flags)
Respecting your Taekwondo School
- When entering the Dojang, face the flags and bow, then locate and acknowledge (with a bow) the highest ranking instructor or student)No water bottles or drink holders on the floor
- Arrive to class on time. All students arriving late must wait for permission to enter the class.
- If arriving late (which you shouldn’t), stand at the entrance in attention stance (Chary-ot) until the instructor acknowledges your presence. When acknowledged, ask “Sir or Ma’am, I respectfully request to join the class.” Follow the instructor’s direction then say “Thank you” or “Kam saham nida” as you bow and join the class.
- Profanity, loss of temper, horseplay, loud laughing, and talking or lack of discipline of any type will not be tolerated.
- All Student Equipment will be placed in appropriate locations free from walkways and training areas
- Students and spectators will remove their shoes prior to stepping onto the training area. Shoe storage will be provided for students.
- School equipment (Kicking bags, pads, sparring equipment, etc) will be treated with respect and used for intended purposes only.
- All students will be provided with requirements for promotion test.
- Parents or students with questions about a student’s readiness for promotion test are free to make a private appointment with instructor staff to discuss requirements, student readiness, areas of concern/additional practice, or private training opportunities
- All student uniforms will be clean and pressed (ironed) upon arrival to test.
- All Black Belts are expected to participate in test facilitation, sparring, board-holding, etc.
- Students will be expected to help set up the testing area and help with teardown