Dojang Etiquette

Following are some customs and points of etiquette that students should observe.
  • Remove your hat upon entering the dojang.
  • Remove your shoes and place them in the storage area provided.
  • Even if you are not taking class, bow to the flags and instructors at the beginning and end of each class.
  • Bow to the Sobumnin (Master) when he enters the dojang.
  • Line up from front to back and right to left in order of rank. You should not walk through rows or in front of those in your row.
  • Bow to the flags when entering or leaving the mat.
  • Come on time for class. If you are late, kneel down on the side, face the instructor and wait until the instructor acknowledges you and gives you permission to join the lineup.
  • During class, respond to instructors with "yes sir" or "yes ma'am".
  • Address higher belts and black belts with Sir/Ma'am or Mr./Mrs./Ms. to show courtesy and respect.
  • Your uniform or dobok pants and Harlem TKD t-shirt should be worn for all classes. If you forget your uniform, you receive a warning. If you have already received a warning and you forget your uniform again, you will not be allowed to take class.
  • Wash or rinse your uniform after each class.
  • Watches, earrings, rings and necklaces should not be worn. Remove all jewelry and articles that present a hazard to others. You may wear jewelry that can or should not be removed (i.e. new earrings) or that you feel strongly about not removing (i.e. wedding ring, religious icon) if they do not protrude.
  • No gum chewing or eating on or around the mat.
  • Learn your fellow students' names and shake hands with everyone after class.
  • Learn and understand the tenets of modern taekwondo written by General Choi Hong Hi: "Taekwondo aims to achieve modesty, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit."
  • Most importantly, pay attention, work hard and have fun.
Remember: As a student you can improve yourself physically and mentally by training. The final goal is to achieve harmony with nature and yourself. Balance is gained by controlling both good and evil forces (Eum vs. Yan or Yin vs. Yang). A true martial artist knows how to behave in all situations.