Golden Dragon Karate Studio

Chu Ida Yong Tae Kwon Do

Class Protocol

Class protocol is learned gradually. Do not expect to remember it all after the first class. Senior students will assist you and explain the steps as you progress in your training. As you earn higher-rank belts, you must know and practice the protocol and set an example for the lower-rank belts. If you do not understand class protocol or have any questions, ask your instructor. All students will STRICTLY adhere to the following protocol.

Upon entering the dojang:

  • Bow toward the training area when you first enter the dojang.
  • Bow to seniors upon meeting them.
  • Respond with sir or ma’am when addressed by a senior. Remove street shoes before entering the training area. Use the shoe storage area, if provided.
  • If required, proceed directly to the dressing room to don your uniform. Use provided facilities to store your street clothes.
  • Do not leave valuables in the dressing room.

Upon entering the training area:

  • Be in the training area, at least 15 minutes before class and do personal warm-up stretching. If you are unavoidably detained or late for class, the instructor may assign you warm-up and/or disciplinary exercises, as appropriate.
  • Bow toward the ceremonial wall of the training area each time you enter or leave the training area.
  • If the instructor is present in the training area, wait until the instructor acknowledges your presence. When he or she does acknowledge you, bow and say " Good morning/evening Mr./Ms (last name)." The instructor will return your bow and salutation.
  • When the instructor commands "Line up for class," the class will quickly line up in a chunbi stance The instructor will stand in front of the students facing the ceremonial wall. The instructor may have other black belts or senior students line to his or her left.
  • When there is absolute silence, the instructor will call the class to order. The senior student in the class, the first person in the front row, will give the following commands:
    • Charyut: The class will snap to attention.
    • Kyungnyet: The class will bow to the instructor. The instructor, and anyone lined up beside the instructor, will simultaneously return the bow. 
  • The instructor or a designated student will lead the class in warm-up exercises. 
  • The instructor will now begin class instruction.
  • At the end of class, the instructor will command "Line up for dismissal." The class will line up again as it did at the beginning of class.
  • The senior student, the first one in the front row, will give the following commands:
    • Charyut: The class will snap to attention.
    • Kyungnyet: The class will bow to the instructor. The instructor, and anyone lined up beside the instructor, will simultaneously return the bow.
  • The instructor will command:
    • Hae Cho: The class dismissed.
  • Students will quickly leave the training area.
  • If required, proceed directly to the dressing room to remove your uniform.

When leaving the dojang:

  • Don your street shoes after exiting the training area.
  • Bow toward the training area as you leave the dojang.

Class Etiquette

  • If you arrive late, sit quietly on the floor at the rear edge of the training area until the instructor grants you permission to enter the mat and join the class.
  • Request permission from the instructor if you must leave the training area for any reason before class ends.
  • Show enthusiasm, spirit, and good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Display a respectful, humble, and receptive attitude toward Taekwondo and your instructor.
  • When told to sit on mat, sit in the formal kneeling position or, if told, sit cross-legged. Do not lie on mat, lean on walls, or sit with legs out stretched.
  • No un-sportsman-like conduct.
  • No extraneous conversation once the class begins. NEVER talk in class unless the instructor talks to you and NEVER fool around with others during class.
  • A humble student is able to learn quicker. Don't be a show off.
  • If you need assistance, seek the help of your seniors.

Sparring

Sparring equipment is mandatory for free-sparring. Equipment must include mouthpiece and head, foot, hand, elbow, and shin pads. Bring sparring equipment to every class, promotion, and tournament. Keep equipment clean and sanitary.

  • All sparring must be well controlled.
  • No sparring before or after class unless supervised by an instructor.