BASIC TAEKWONDO DOJANG RULES
GENERAL RULES FOR THE CLASS
1. UPON ENTERING THE DOJANG (Hall)
Students must bow to the Instructor on the floor as soon as they enter the hall. This must be done without exception. Students should wait for the Instructor to acknowledge the bow before entering unless the Instructor is busy.
2. WARM UP
All students, on entering the Dojang should begin warming up and stretching in preparation for the class.
3. STARTING CLASS
- Students will line up according to rank and seniority. The highest ranking member present will be on the right.
- The Instructor will take a position in the front and centre of the class.
- The highest ranking member of the class will call the command, attention and bow to the Instructor.
4. DURING CLASS
Proper respect and discipline shall be maintained at all times, and Taekwondo ritual should be followed in a uniformed manner.
- When the Master Instructor enters the hall during a class, the Instructor on the floor should call the class to bow. After respect has been paid, the class should return immediately to training.
- When a student comes to class late, he or she should wait until recognised by the Instructor, then approach him, bow and get permission to join the class.
- When a student must leave the hall during the training he or she should first receive permission from the Instructor.
5. DISMISSING CLASS
- Students should line up by seniority and rank, the highest on the right.
- The Instructor should be centred at the front.
- The highest ranking member will call the class to bow.
6. UPON LEAVING THE DOJANG (Hall)
Students must bow to the Instructor on the floor as soon as they leave the hall. This must be done without exception. Students should wait for the Instructor to acknowledge the bow before leaving unless the instructor is busy.
There should be an absence of unnecessary noise in the hall.
- Students warming up prior to the start of the class may communicate socially but not in a way that may disturb those on the floor.
- Students and spectators should be prohibited from drinking, eating, chewing gum or smoking in the hall.
- Spectators are allowed in the hall during class only with prior permission from the senior Instructor.
The bow in Taekwondo is used to show respect to one’s Instructor and opponents. When entering an empty Dojang it is to show respect for the art and the seriousness of what is to take place. Much importance should be attached to it as it is an integral part of Taekwondo. While training one should esteem and pay respect to one’s Instructor, senior members and opponents. One should not loose self control, patience or composure. Before and after exercise or contests, the participants should turn around, adjust their Dobok (training uniform) and make a correct bow to their opponent and or Instructor. A nod of the head is not the correct way to bow and will be considered disrespectful.
While seated on the floor, students should keep a proper posture conductive to health. The legs should be crossed in front with the feet tucked beneath the thighs, and the hands should be placed on the knees.
During practise, students should observe decorum and orderliness. The hall should always be kept clean, in order and well ventilated. All clothes, shoes and any equipment likely to cause injury etc should be placed neatly away from the training area. All students should make themselves familiar with emergency exits and fire drill procedures and the location of first aid kits.
11. BASIC ACTIONS
In order to promote improvement in skill one must learn the basic actions of blocking, striking and kicking and practise them constantly until they are perfected. Concentration and work must also be expended by the students, to master the various forms (Poomsae) in order to gain promotion through the Kup and Dan grades.
Students should exercise care and keep their uniforms clean and pressed at all times. It is important to give a good impression of the art and a neat appearance is important in this respect. A high degree of cleanliness should also be maintained among members. They should take care to respect their bodies and keep themselves clean. Fingernails and toenails should be clipped and kept short to prevent injury (such as to the eyes and face etc.) during free sparring.
- Any student who is already injured but wishes to train should bring that injury to the attention of the class Instructor. The injury can then be discussed and an agreement can be made as to what activities it is safe for that student to participate in, to minimise the risk of causing further injury.
- All injuries sustained as a result of training at a class must be reported to the Instructor by the end of the session and the student should ensure that it is also recorded in the accident/injury book. Failure to do so may affect any subsequent insurance claim.
14. TRAINING SAFELY
All students should do their utmost to minimise the risk of causing injury to themselves and other students. They should only practise the techniques and routines taught to them by the instructors. All free sparring should be conducted using no contact unless both parties agree to make controlled contact with their techniques. However, if contact is to be made, consideration should be given to wearing the appropriate protective equipment. Students engaging in WTF style full contact sparring must wear protective equipment appropriate to the level of contact to be made. If the required protective equipment is not available students must not engage in full contact under any circumstances.