May 30, 2011

Rules & Etiquette

Taekwon-do adheres to a system of rules and regulations to protect students and maintain order and discipline. Taekwon-do students are reminded of the peaceful and harmonious nature of Taekwon-do and are expected to carry themselves with the highest bearing and self-control at all times. Although not comprehensive, the following list is to be observed at all times. If in doubt of the reason for a particular regulation, ask your instructor. Remember, the only stupid question is the one left unasked.

– No student may teach others without asking a black belt.
– Refrain from idle chatter.
– No talking on training floor while class is in progress.
– No food or drink on the training floor.
– Do not wear jewelry while training.
– No horse play in the dojang. ie. running around, throwing things etc.
– Bow when entering and leaving the training area.
– Always bow before and after addressing the Instructor.
– All black belts are to be addressed by their last name, sir or ma’am.
– Do not talk when the Instructor is talking or demonstrating techniques.
– Use equipment properly or privileges will be suspended.
– No shoes on the training floor.
– Shirts worn under the dobok must be white in colour.
– Do not lean on the walls.
– Leave valuables at home.
– No swearing.
– Do not stand with hands on hips or arms crossed.
– When leaving an Instructor take three steps backward before turning around.
– When shaking hands support your right elbow with your left palm.
– When bowing to a person say “Taekwon.”
– Memorize the student oath and tenets of Taekwon-do.
– Study the training secrets of Taekwon-do.
– If arriving late, wait until the Instructor addresses you, then bow and join the class.
– If the Instructor enters the room, stand if you are sitting, and remain so until told to do other wise.
– In a room with many black belts take your leads from the senior black belt. Unless other black belts direct you to do something different.

It is incumbent upon the junior to respect the senior. A display by the middle rank towards a senior rank will set the example for the juniors. Any student who shows incorrect courtesy, respect or honour of a senior will find that the juniors display the same attitude towards them in turn. The more respect shown to the senior ranks, the more respect juniors will show you. Being a martial artist is not really about the self, but is about how the self deals with everyone else.

Etiquette demands that proper respect be show to all members whether they are senior or junior to you. The senior black belt has complete authority on all matters and cannot be contradicted. If you have a concern, voice it to the senior black belt privately so that it can be dealt with in the proper manner. Those people that do not follow proper protocol will be asked to leave the club.

Senior colour belt students are responsible for the behaviour and attitude of junior belts. The senior belt in any situation has the duty to ensure that the junior belts are acting correctly. If an instructor enters a room the senior belt, no matter what level they are, should call the other belts to attention and direct them to bow to the instructor. While the senior colour belt does not have the authority to punish junior belts for infractions, their word must be followed in regards to proper behaviour. Not listening to the senior belt will cause the instructor to deal severely with the offending student.