Rules of Etiquette for Tae Kwon Do Students

Kyong-ye (Bowing):
Bowing is a traditional way of showing respect. It does not imply subservience to anyone. Tae Kwon Do students bow to show respect to our school, flag, art, instructors, and ourselves. It si important that we bow with sincerity. Be sure to bow slowly, bending at the waist and looking down. By not looking at the person you bow to, you show respect and trust.
  • You must honorific words (sir or ma’m) when speaking to Grand Master, instructors, or higher-ranking black-belts, regardless of their age with in the school.
  • When you enter or leave the Do Jang (gynmnasium), you must stop and bow to the flags.
  • There should be an absence of unnecessary conversation in the school; students should be dignified and reverent within the school.
  • There will be NO play fighting in the waiting area.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the waiting area.
  • We ask that you keep family members seated in the reception area. Only students are allowed in the training area.
  • No one is allowed behind the front desk.
  • The uniform must always be kept with care. Patches must be affixed for testing.
  • Always CARRY your belt to and from the school. This shows respect and responsibility.
  • Only all black or all white uniforms can be worn during belt tests. T-shirts cannot be worn alone at belt tests. Patches must be affixed!
  • Black uniforms can be purchased at GREEN belt level.
  • When your uniform becomes disheveled during practice, stop, turn away from others and flags, and fix your belt or uniform.
  • If you are late to class, stop and bow to the flags and instructor. Wait for the instructor to acknowledge your presence and request permission to enter class. DO NOT enter class during meditation or student creed.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will not be allowed to participate in class. If you are more than 5 minutes late for the Tiny Tigers class, you will not be allowed to participate.
  • Sparring equipment must be purchased at YELLOW belt level.
  • Students are required to have all of their sparring equipment for Saturday classes and testing.
  • During belt tests ONLY adults are allowed in the training area to video tape and take pictures. No cell phones are allowed. You must remove your shoes before entering and remain seated and quiet for the duration of the test.
  • If at any time you would like to discuss your or your child’s progress, please schedule an appointment so that we may have adequate time to answer all of your questions.
  • Please note that although we have many rules that we must follow, due to circumstances beyond our, or your control, these rules may not always apply. We do our best to treat everyone equally. If you at any time feel this is not the case, please bring it to the manager’s attention so that he/she may schedule an appointment to discuss the matter further.
  • We hope that your training at Martial Arts USA is an enjoyable one, we will work hard to ensure that each student learns the required curriculum for their level and age. Martial arts training is an individual experience. No two students are alike. Each student will excel in different areas of their training. Please do not compare student’s ability. Some will excel in form, kicking or gain insight to humanity. These are all equally important.
  • Good luck with your training and we welcome you and your family to our Martial Arts USA Family.