Taekwon-do is a traditional martial art, and was developed in the Korean military. As a result of these two factors there is a strong code of conduct within the training hall, or dojang. This code serves two distinct purposes: the first is to ensure that respect towards ones seniors, towards ones fellow students and towards the art itself is displayed and understood at all times. This respect generates an atmosphere conducive to learning and keeps communication between instructor and student clear and efficient.
The second purpose of the code of conduct is to keep the student safe; many of the techniques that are taught in class were developed to do massive damage to an opponent, to break bones and damage organs. Therefore it is important that the student conducts him /herself appropriately in order to learn a technique without accidentally falling victim to it.
- Loose fitting tracksuit trousers and a t-shirt are ideal for new students. Taekwon-do is practiced barefoot.
- Students from yellow tag upwards should wear the I.T.F. dobuk. This should be clean and ironed at the beginning of every class.
- Fingernails and toenails must be clean and trimmed; nobody wants to train with a warewolf.
Simple rules for an easy life:
- Bow towards the instructor / top of the hall on entering and leaving the dojang.
- Do not leave your position in class without asking permission to do so. Raise your hand to get the Instructor's attention.
- If late for a class (don't be), enter, bow and ask permission to join.
- Refer to your instructor or any senior black belt as "Sir" or "Mam" or by their title and surname, e.g. Mr. Connor or Master O'Toole.
- Refrain from swearing.
- Idle chatter is welcomed and encouraged before and after class, but not during class.
- No alcohol to be consumed prior to or during class, or in the dojang at any time.