Guidelines, Info & Rules
Traditional Korean Martial Arts gradings are held every 3 months. The instructor will notify students if they are eligible to proceed toward their next belt levels.
Good / poor attendance can often be a deciding factor whether a student is ready to put forward for the next grading.
It is always the Instructor’s decision if a student is ready or not. However if you have fallen behind schedule for any reason, please ask for additional support or help to get you back on track.
Promotions are announced the following week. Students promoting will need to dress in their Do-Bok (Martial Art Uniform) to be awarded their new belt. Friends and family are always invited.
Students that are going to be absent please notify the instructor in advance.
Come to class clean and well groomed. This means coming to practice with a complete and untorn uniform; it should include trousers, jacket, belt and a black T-shirt. Your Do-Bok jacket should be worn left over right. Do not wear jewelry to class. Jewelry can cause injury to you and your classmates and you may damage or break your jewelry.
Martial Arts Code of behaviour
As a new student you will hear the word “etiquette” repeatedly. You will learn that proper etiquette accounts for a high percentage of you score on belt tests. You will hear the Instructors say that the first thing to be learned as a student of the Martial Arts is etiquette. What do they mean by etiquette? They mean the proper code of behavior for a Martial Artist.
What is the proper code of behaviour for a Martial Artist? The deceptively simple answer: Any behaviour that is motivated by RESPECT / GOOD MANNERS. If you truly learn this Martial Art, it is inevitable and natural that you will develop respect for the Art. In appreciating the truth and beauty of the Art, you will also automatically develop respect for the Instructors who impart their knowledge to you. Likewise, you will have respect for your classmates who share your learning adventure. Also, there will be respect for you, as a Martial Arts student.
The remainder of this paper consists of various rules and regulations. In reading through them and learning them, don’t forget that RESPECT and manners are the rationale for their existence. As Martial Artists in the modern world, we must always remember the five Principles of the Ancients:
Always address the Instructors by their correct title. You may also say “SIR” or “Ma’am”. Using the Instructor’s first name or saying “Hey you” is not polite or respectful. Instructor titles are as follows:
- Jyo Kyo Nym – 1st Degree Black Belt
- Kyo Sa Nym- 2nd Degree Black Belt
- Pu Sa Bum Nym – 3rd Degree Black Belt
- Sa Bum Nym – 4th Degree Black Belt
- Kwan Jang Nym – 5th Degree Black Belt
- Chong Kwan Jan Nym – Chief Master
- Kuk Sa Nym – Grandmaster
Bowing is the most obvious way to show respect. As a Martial Arts student, you will bow frequently. It is important to know when and how to bow.
Bow whenever you enter or leave the practice area of the Do-jang, (school).
When you first see an Instructor, bow to him/her as you greet them. When you leave the school, bow to the Instructors as you bid them farewell.
Bow “in” before practice and bow “out” after practice.
Philosophically, Martial arts training stresses humility, self-discipline, self-control and respect for others. Together, these different aspects provide the means for attaining a long and healthy life.
If you are in the Do-jang when a class bows in/out always bow with the class, even if you are not ready for class or are not staying for the class. In such a situation that you are in street clothes, you may bow from a standing position.
The most important thing to remember is to bow anytime the Instructor tells you to. Usually, this is before forms, (hyung), techniques, and sparring practice. Also, anytime you are practicing hyung without supervision.
In Preperation for and During Class
- Be on time for class: attend class regularly.
- If you must arrive late, ask for permission to join the class. If you must leave early, ask permission before leaving.
- Come to classes clean and well groomed (this includes keeping the fingernails and toenails well trimmed).
- Do-bok is the Korean word for Martial Arts uniform. Come to practice with a complete and presentable Do-bok. This means the uniform should be clean and untorn; it should include underwear, pants, jacket and belt. Any T-shirt or leotard worn under the jacket should be black. Always treat the Do-bok with respect after class, fold it neatly.
- Before class, change into your uniform without delay. Always wear the full uniform at the beginning of class. If the weather is hot, you may ask permission to take off the jacket or T-shirt after the class has bowed in.
- Do not wear jewelry during practice. Jewelry can cause injury to yourself or your partners.
- Whenever you’re asked to sit down during class session, sit properly with feet crossed or tucked under you, (never point the bottoms of your feet towards an instructor), Don’t slouch or lean against the walls.
- Concentrate on training. Never do anything to obstruct your own or another’s learning. There should be no unnecessary talking or horseplay during practice.
- Practice to your full potential; push yourself to the limit of your endurance and energy and concentration.
- Keep a strong mind. Don’t let doubts and or fears overshadow you. Also, do show your stamina not weariness-it is contagious and will quickly contaminate your classmates. On the other hand, be realistic-don’t push yourself beyond safe limits.
- Always persevere and have patience. Never give up!!!
- Do not use drugs except for medication. If you are ever found drunk or drugged in the Do-jang, you may be expelled.
Do-Jang Do’s & Don’t's
- Do take your shoes off before entering the practice area.
- Don’t use vulgar language in the Do-jang.
- Don’t leave your Do-bok or other possessions in the Do-jang.
- Keep a strong and positive mental attitude. Don’t let doubts and/or fears overshadow you. On the other hand, be realistic. Don’t push yourself beyond safe limits.
- Discuss any problem with an Instructor immediately. Remember, it is better to get your answers from the highest possible authority. Don’t ask a Brown Belt if you can ask a Black Belt.
- Do put away all Martial Arts equipment that you have used.
- Ask permission from an Instructor to use a weapon. Usually, weapon techniques are not learned until Brown Belt.
- Always treat weapons with care and respect. Do not lean or rest upon your weapons.
- Never leave a weapon unattended. When finished practicing with a weapon, put it away promptly.
- Do not touch weapons that you have not been taught by an authorized Instructor.
The Priviledges and Responsibilities of Rank
- Obey Instructors and senior classmates.
- Do not disturb senior classmates while they practice.
- Help junior classmates.
- Never try to do something you haven’t been taught.
- Do not teach in or out of the school if you are not qualified and if you do not have permission.
- If you wish to practice at another school, ask permission from your Instructor first.
- Never use your martial arts training needlessly; use only to defend good. If the purpose is good, we will fight to win.
- LEAD BY EXAMPLE!