MooShim Tae Kwon Do
Dojang Etiquette

Entering a martial arts school can be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. As with any activity or sport, Tae Kwon Do has it’s own set of rules of etiquette that are not often clearly communicated. We want you to feel comfortable by providing you with some rules to observe while in our school.

  1. Bow when entering or leaving the dojang floor. Dojang is the Korean word for “Training Space”.
  2. Bow to the Masters/instructors when greeting them upon arrival and departure.
  3. Bowing to the flags and the Instructors is part of the formal ritual at the beginning and end of class.
  4. Korean Terminology is widely used during class. Students are expected to know the most commonly used terms so that they can follow along. Lower ranks are afforded some leeway as they familiarize themselves with the class format.
  5. Do not leave the dojang during class without requesting permission from the instructor.
  6. Remove shoes before entering the dojang. Shoes should be neatly stored in the cubbies at the entrance to the school. To prevent any accidental swapping of shoes, please keep shoes and belongings from all family members together when possible. Shoes may be worn in the welcome and lounge areas at the front of the school.
  7. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for class. This will allow students to neatly stow away their belongings and mentally prepare themselves for class.
  8. If you do arrive late (we understand that things happen), please kneel at the entrance to the dojang floor and await permission from the instructor before entering. Please do not enter without permission as it is disruptive both for the instructor and the other students in class.
  9. Full MooShim doboks (uniforms) must be worn during class and they must be clean.
  10. Gum-chewing, food and liquids are prohibited in the dojang, but may be consumed in the welcome/lounge area.
  11. Remove jewelry before training.
  12. Refrain from chatting or horseplay during the class time. Exercise courtesy and self-control at all times. Stand at attention (‘charyut’) or ready stance (‘joonbi’) until instructions are given.
  13. Do not cross your arms in front of your body or put your hands on your hips while awaiting instruction. This body language indicates that you are not open or ready to receive instruction. When in doubt, assume ‘charyut’ or ‘joonbi’ stance.
  14. Demonstrate courtesy and respect to instructors and fellow students at all times. Address instructors and students as “Ma’am” or “Sir”.
  15. Acknowledge commands from the Instructor with “Yes Ma’am/Sir”.
  16. Demonstrate the behavior becoming of a martial artist and representative of MooShim Tae Kwon Do both in and outside of the dojang.
  17. Report all injuries; even minor ones, to the Master/Instructor immediately.
  18. To assure your safety, please notify the Masters of any pre-existing medical condition that may impact your training.
  19. Do not ask to be promoted. Your attendance and progress is carefully monitored. You will be invited to test when the Masters feel you have achieved all the prerequisites for promotion.
  20. Please be positive and give your best energy during class. Your instructor gives you 100% of her energy and if you don’t give anything back, she won’t have anything left to share with other students! The exchange of that class time energy between teacher and student is pivotal to a positive and productive experience.
  21. Once you are promoted, the knowledge you have gained from white belt through your current belt is yours. You own it. Train and review that knowledge regularly as your black belt test will be a cumulative test of all your knowledge you’ve mastered during your TKD journey. One way to help with that is to keep a training binder with all of your curriculum, and the memories of your struggles and victories along the way. Not only will it help retain the information, but it will enrich your experience in Tae Kwon Do as you progress to black belt and beyond.