1. Please use the matted area solely for formal classes and/or other instructor-approved training sessions.


2. Upon entering and leaving the practice area of dojang (training hall), please make a standing bow toward the front of the training floor.


3. Please respect your training tools.  Dobok/Gi (uniform) should be clean and mended.  Weapons should be in good condition and in their proper place when not in use.  Sparring gear should be placed in front of the mirror and personal belongings should be in the storage area.


4. Please do not use someone else's Dobok/Gi or weapons.


5. Please be punctual.  A few minutes before class begins, you should be warmed up, and, after having passed in your attendance cards, be standing in a rest position, lined up in the staging area until asked to line up by the instructor.  Please use these few minutes to rid your mind of the day's problems and prepare to train.


6. The class is opened and closed with a formal ceremony.  It is important to be on time and participate in this ceremony, but if you are unavoidably late you should wait, standing in rest position beside the mat, until the instructor signals permission for you to join the class.  Please perform a formal bow to the instructor before you join the class.  It is most important that you do not disrupt the class in doing so.


7. The proper way to stand when receiving instruction from your instructor is in the rest position.  Please remain attentive and alert at all times during class.


8. Please do not leave the mat during practice without an instructor's permission except in the case of injury or illness.


9. During class, when the instructor demonstrates a technique, you will be asked to assume the rest position.  After the demonstration, please bow to the instructor, then to a partner and begin practice.


10. When the end of a technique is signaled, stop immediately.  Bow to your partner and quickly line up with the other students.


11. Please never stand around idly on the mat.  You should be practicing or assuming a standing rest position waiting your turn.


12. If for some reason it is absolutely necessary to ask a question of the instructor during the middle of practice session, go to him/her, bow respectfully (a standing bow is appropriate), and wait for his/her acknowledgment.


13. Respect those who are more experienced.  Be compassionate to those who are less experienced.  Please never argue about technique.


14. Remember that you're here for practice; please never force your ideas on others.


15. If you know the movement being studied and are working with someone who does not, you may lead the person through the technique.  If you are not familiar with the movement, please do not attempt to correct or instruct your training partner if you are not of a senior level.


16. Keep talking on the mat to an absolute minimum.


17. Please do not lounge around on the mat before or after class.  The mat is for students who wish to train.


18. No jewelry should be worn during class.


19. Sparring must always be supervised by an instructor.


20. Headgear, mouth guards, chest pad, hand gear, foot gear and groin cups (male students only) are mandatory for all sparring classes.


21. Seniors, elders and instructors should be referred to as "sir" or "ma'am" at all times.


22. The etiquette of the martial artist continues outside the dojang.  Please remember your responsibilities at all times.

Black Belt Excellence

KJN Larry Lam