Here are some rules that are often followed
at a dojang (Taekwondo school) to have a well-run, disciplined school. Your instructor’s rules may be a little
different from these.
- Bow upon entering and leaving the dojang. In addition, bow to your instructors or
partner before receiving instructions.
- Arrive for class on time. If you are tardy, wait to be invited to join
the class by the instructor.
- Be polite and courteous at all times. Speak in a calm, thoughtful manner.
- Keep your dobok (uniform) clean and
presentable at all times.
- Place your outdoor shoes in the designated
- If you have any injury, tell your instructor
before class begins. If you are injured
during class, report it to the instructor right away.
- Do not speak when the instructor is speaking.
- Do not carry on conversations (not related to
class) while practicing.
- Never drag your belt across the floor or toss
it aside while you are changing into and out of your uniform.
- Do not smoke or consume alcohol at any time
while in uniform.
- Do not chew gum while practicing.
- Wear your proper uniform when you practice. This includes removing your jewelry (most
schools allow a simple wedding band when practicing, except during sparring).
- Do not use offensive language in the dojang. If you need to know more about what language
is offensive, ask your instructor.
- Respect all dojang members, especially senior
belts and elders.
- Do not take advantage of junior members when
- Never use Taekwondo outside the dojang, unless in
self-defense or in defense of someone weaker – and then only use the least
- Do not brag or boast of your TKD abilities
inside or outside the dojang.
- Remember the first rule of self-defense:
avoid conflict wherever possible.