TKD Etiquette

Class Etiquette and Rules

At Jung Do Tae Kwon Do, we teach the traditional martial art of Tae Kwon Do. In our teaching we include the organization and formalities that instill respect and reverence for our Martial Art and its Traditions, its instructors, and our classmates.


Come to class on time.

-On time is defined as: changed, warmed up and ready for instruction at the starting time. The Tae Kwon Do classroom (Dojang) is always open before class start time early enough for you to get ready for the start of class.

-At Jung Do we have set beginning and ending times for our classes. Your are welcome to come to class 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes after your class has ended. However, please respect the classes and instructors before and after your class times by not being a distraction during their class time.

-Your instructor may have given permission to you to come early or stay later for administrative

or personal reasons. If this is the case, you will know who you are.

-If coming late to class is unavoidable, do not disturb the class as you walk in. Wait until your instructor has seen you and asks you to join class. If you are allowed to join class you will be asked to join a line at its end regardless of your rank. This is to avoid further loss of the classís time for re-arranging the lines to accommodate you.

Be respectful to others.

Your classmates and instructors have agreed to teach and learn with you, to sweat and risk injury with you. They deserve your respect as you do theirs.

No shoes are permitted in the Dojang.

Take your shoes off at the door. In order to keep your uniforms (Dobok) clean, we need to keep our mats clean. And to do this we need to keep the floor of our Dojang clean. And so, we remove our street shoes at the door when we arrive. As a student, socks are not part of the uniform, so you are expected to remove these as well.

No food or drinks on the mats.

Do not chew gum during class.


Come to class Clean

Personal Hygiene is important. While you may sweat in class, you should start class clean and free of offensive odors. If you are old enough to wear Deodorant, Do. If youíre not sure if youíre old enough, ask your parents. Trimmed finger and toenails are important too. A long nail can be torn off or scratch a sparring partner.

Tie back long hair.

Youíre not in class to look pretty and long hair can obstruct your vision.

Wash your uniforms (Dobok) regularly.

Your Uniform should not smell offensive. There should be no stains on your uniform and it should be kept as white as possible. You can even iron a pleat into the uniform for special occasions such as promotion tests.

Remove Jewelry for class.

Watches, rings, earrings, body jewelry and necklaces should not be worn during class. They can cause injury to you or youíre opponent.

Tie your belt correctly.

This should be done for every class. Ask a senior belt for help if needed. Your belt says a lot about who you are in class. The color says what rank you have earned. How it is tied along with how you present yourself tells others about how important this class is to you. If your belt comes off during class remove it to a safe place. You will be given an opportunity to put it back on when there is a break. And then ask how to tie it so it wonít come off.

Respect and Rank

Bow when you enter and leave the Classroom or Gym area (Dojang)

Do not look up while you are bowing. Keeping your eyes down while bowing shows the person you are bowing to that you trust them.

Bow to ALL black belts at the beginning of class and at the end of class.

Do not fix your uniform or belt facing a black belt or the national flags.

A word about Bowing with regards to the North American Culture; The practice of bowing to another person in Tae Kwon Do is not intended to be that of servant hood or submission as in how a King or Queen is to be treated. But rather as a sign of respect, that also honors Korean Tae Kwon Do history and culture.

During Class

Pay attention to the instructor and those who are talking to you.

Face them, look at them when they are talking to your or you to them, leave you hands at your sides or behind your back while communicating with another classmate, or instructor.

Do not put your hands on your hips, or cross your arms.

The Dojang, your classmates and your instructors deserve your respect as you do theirs. You can show this with your body language and stance at all times while you are in class.

Come to class Hydrated.

You will not be allowed to drink during class unless your instructor has given you special permission. Itís a good idea to drink small amounts of Water, not pop, coffee, or sugared drinks, over a period of two hours before class begins. Drinking a large amount of liquid just before class can lead to cramps while working out.

Do not walk through class lines.

If you are asked to move from your position during class do not walk through the established class lines. Instead, walk to the back of the class and then up the line or forward toward the area you are going to.

Do not talk during class.

-Unless your instructor has invited you to speak.

Do not talk while sparring.

-Unless you are teaching.

Refrain from smiling while sparring.

Sparring can be dangerous and your opponentís safety should be treated with the highest regard. If they are going to trust you to spar with them, they deserve your highest concern.

Have respect for the equipment in class and use it for its intended use only.