Dojang Rules

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 area.
  • 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 practicing together.
  • Never use Taekwondo outside the dojang, unless in self-defense or in defense of someone weaker – and then only use the least force necessary.
  • 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.

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