School Rules and Etiquette

  1. Bow when entering and leaving the dojang (training area).
  2. Remove your shoes before entering the dojang.
  3. If you are in class, do not sit on the chairs.
  4. Use polite language such as “sir” or “ma’am.” Black belts should be addressed by title (such as Mr., Mrs., Instructor, or Master) and last name.
  5. Always knock before entering the office. Do not enter until asked to come in. Stand at attention until asked to sit. When you leave the office, bow and then exit.
  6. When the Instructor or Master enters the training area for the first time prior to opening class, it is customary to call the class to attention and bow (the senior student present should do this).
  7. When approaching or are approached by your Instructor or Master, it is respectful to come to attention and bow.
  8. Strict obedience and attention will be given to the instructor at all times.
  9. Your relationship with your instructor is a formal one, bound by years of tradition. Refrain from informal conversations with your instructor and at no time should you refer to your instructor by his or her first name. Remember that elements of discipline and respect are part of your martial arts experience and act accordingly.
  10. Please pay your tuition on time. Your tuition is used to fund the purchase of new equipment and other supplies to further enhance your training.
  11. Do not walk between students facing each other or between the instructor and student(s) if they are facing each other. Never walk in front of the class while class is in session, always walk around the back of the dojang/dojo.
  12. All students shall sign in for each class they attend.
  13. If you are late to class, go to the back of the dojang/dojo and wait for permission before joining the class. Kneel on your left knee while waiting.
  14. If you are forced to miss a class, please contact Master Parkinson ahead of time to let him know why you will and for how long you will be gone.
  15. Proper uniform should be worn (clean and pressed with proper patches), unless a special exception has been made.
  16. Never let your belt touch the floor. Never wash your belt.
  17. Never wear your dobak outside of the dojang unless you are participating in a special training or other acceptable event. Never wear your dobak to class. You may wear the uniform pants to class, but never the uniform top and/or belt. Carry your dobak neatly folded in a sports bag and change into it when you arrive at the school.
  18. Absolutely no horseplay or unsupervised sparring is allowed.
  19. Profanity is not allowed in the dojang.
  20. Pagers, cell phones and other devices that may be a distraction are prohibited in the dojang. An environment of discipline and concentration is needed. This rule applies to students, parents and guests.
  21. Ask permission before leaving class for any reason.
  22. Adopt a serious and focused attitude while training and avoid any unnecessary talking while class is in session.
  23. Do not stop to get a drink during class unless you feel absolutely unable to continue without it. If you feel this is the case, then inform your instructor of your actions.
  24. Remove your belt and place it around your neck before getting a drink.
  25. When seated, cross your feet or kneel.
  26. Do not chew gum during class. Smoking is not allowed in or near the dojang.
  27. The instructor will give you an opportunity to ask questions during class, if you have a question at a time other than this, hold it until after class is over when you can ask your Instructor in private.
  28. Jewelry and watches should not be worn during class, this includes ear rings and wedding rings.
  29. Personal hygiene is a must. Nails must be short and clean. Keep hair neat, clean and well groomed. Unless growing a mustache, the student is expected to be clean-shaven. Uniforms must be clean and wrinkle free.
  30. Helmet, mouthpiece, groin protector (men), gloves, shin/foot pads, and chest protector should be worn during sparring practice.
  31. Do not demonstrate or teach Tang Soo Do outside of the school without permission.
  32. Students are not allowed to participate in any martial arts activities, including tournaments, outside of the school without the express permission of your instructor.
  33. Do not handle any weapons in the dojang without permission from Master Parkinson.
  34. Senior students should help and encourage junior students. Junior students should not instruct or correct senior belts of any age- no exceptions.
  35. If you have a problem with a technique, do not ask your instructor to demonstrate the technique for you. Instead tell your instructor what the problem is and allow him or her to decide the best way to help you.
  36. Students should learn the appropriate Korean terms used in class as well as the history and traditions of their style.
  37. When learning self-defense techniques, do not resist and counter your partner except when told to do so by your instructor. Your partner must be allowed the opportunity to practice the techniques fully before attempting to try them for real.
  38. Be patient and your instructor will inform you when you have reached the point when you may practice more realistically.
  39. Follow the tenets of the dojang.