1. Arrive 5 to 10 minutes before class. Please, don't be late. 2. Bow before you enter and leave the dojang. 3. Place your shoes and jacket neatly in the appropriate place. 4. Please be silent if there is class in progress. 5. Children should be sitting against the wall quietly before they are called for their class. 6. Be sure to have a CLEAN dobok and practice proper hygiene. 7. Be polite and respectful to your instructor, assistant instructors classmates and parents at all times. 8. Children are not aloud in the hallway. 9. Be sure to bow and address black belts by their last name or Sir/Ma'am. 10. Always have a good attitude.
Dojang Etiquette - Parents
1. Arrive 5 to 10 minutes before class with your children. Please, don't be late. 2. Please assist your child with their coat & shoes quickly and quietly. 3. If you have a small child with you, please keep them on your lap, on a chair and silent. If this is not possible then you will be asked to politely leave and come back when the class has finished. Noise from the observation area is extremely distracting to the instructors and other students. 4. Small children are no longer allowed to play with toys, crayons or glitter on the floor. 5. Children are no longer allowed to walk around in the observation area, hallways or lounge area. 6. Please, NO instructing your child from the observation area while classes are running. This is very distracting. 6. No cell phone calls in the dojang. 7. At the end of class, please gather your child and leave quickly and quietly.
Never tire of teaching. A good instructor can teach anywhere, any time, and always be ready to answer questions.
An instructor should be eager for his students to surpass him; it is the ultimate complement for an instructor. A student should never be held back. If the instructor realizes his student has developed beyond his teaching capabilities, the student should be sent to a higher ranking instructor.
An instructor must always set a good example for his students and never attempt to defraud them.
The development of students should take precedence over commercialism. Once an instructor becomes concerned with materialism, he will lose the respect of his students.
Instructors should teach scientifically and theoretically to save time and energy.
Instructors should help students develop good contacts outside the dojang (training hall). It is an instructor´s responsibility to develop students outside as well as inside the dojang.
Students should be encouraged to visit other dojangs and study other techniques. Students who are forbidden to visit other dojangs are likely to become rebellious. There are two advantages for allowing the students to visit other gyms: not only is there the possibility that a student may observe a technique that is ideally suited for him, but he may also have a chance to learn by comparing his techniques to inferior techniques.
All students should be treated equally, there should be no favourites. Students should always be scolded in private, never in front of the class.
If the instructor is not able to answer a student´s question, he should not fabricate an answer but admit he does not know and attempt to find the answer as soon as possible. All too often, a lower degree black belt will dispense illogical answers to his students merely because he is afraid of "losing face" because he does not know the answer.
An instructor should not seek any favours such as cleaning the studio, doing repair works, etc. from his students.
An instructor should not exploit his students. The only purpose of an instructor is to produce both technically and mentally excellent students.
Always be honest with the students, and never break a trust.
Never tire of learning. A good student can learn anywhere, any time. This is the secret of knowledge.
A good student must be willing to sacrifice for his art and instructor. Many students feel that their training is a commodity bought with monthly dues, and are unwilling to take part in demonstrations, teaching and working around the dojang. An instructor can afford to lose this type of student.
Always set a good example for lower ranking students. It is only natural they will attempt to emulate senior students.
Always be loyal and never criticize the instructor, TaeKwon-Do or the teaching methods.
If an instructor teaches a technique, practice it and attempt to utilize it.
Remember that a student´s conduct outside the dojang reflects on the art and instructor.
If a student adopts a technique from another dojang and the instructor disapproves of it, the student must discard it immediately or train at the gym where the technique was learned.
Never be disrespectful to the instructor. Though a student is allowed to disagree with the instructor, the student must first follow the instruction and then discuss the matter later.
A student must always be eager to learn and ask questions.