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Taekwon-Do Etiquette

How to come to attention:

  • Gently slap hands on the side of your legs.
  • Bow, bending the body 15 degrees forward while keeping your eyes fixed on the person you are addressing.
  • Say “Taekwon”
  • Do not return from attention until the higher belt returns from attention.

How to enter the do jang:

  • Stand slightly outside the do jang with your right hand raised at slightly above shoulder level in a fist with your fingers facing forward and feet together.
  • Stand still in this position until the highest black belt (student or instructor) gives you permission to enter the do jang.
  • Upon receiving their permission, come to attention, bow to the flags and then enter the do jang.
  • Upon entering the do jang address (perform attention) all black belts according to their rank.

Reply to all black belts as “Sir” or “Ma’am”.

Address all black belts as Mr., Mrs. or Ms..

How to address the instructor when he enters or exits the do jang:

  • From a standing position, face the instructor and come to attention.

How to line up when called for the beginning of class:

  • Line up in rows with the highest belt lining up on the right starting in the front of the room.

How to begin class:

  • Address the flag upon command, by bringing your right hand to your chest in a knife hand while the left hand is hanging at your side and then bow.
  • Upon command, address the instructor using attention. “Charyot”, “Face Sabumnim”, “Sabumnim Gea Kyong Ye”

How to end class:

  • Address the flag upon command, by bringing your right hand to your chest in a knife hand while the left hand is hanging at your side and then bow.
  • Upon command, address the instructor using attention. “Charyot”, “Face Sabumnim”, “Sabumnim Gea Kyong Ye”
  • Upon command, address the highest belt (Kyo Sa Nim) using attention.
  • Upon command, you will be dismissed from class. “Hae San”.

How to leave the do-jang:

  • Standing slightly inside the do-jang come to attention and bow before leaving.

How to shake hands:

  • Extend your right hand out while placing your left hand palm down under your right wrist / forearm and shake.

How to hand items to others:

  • Extend your right hand out with the item while placing your left hand palm down under your right wrist / forearm.

How to accept an item:

  • Extend both hands to accept the item and bow.