Des Moines, IA

Dojang (School) Rules

The dojang (school) is an exercise place for those students who are serious about studying Taekwondo. It is always to be treated with respect by all Taekwondo students, their parents, and friends. This same respect should flow between all those in class. In being accepted as a student of the martial arts, one is expected to display proper etiquette both in and out of the classroom. Character development is of extreme importance. We require all our students to adhere to these school rules.

If class is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm, then everyone should be in the dojang (school) ready to work out by 6:50pm. Students should stretch out before class begins.

Because Taekwondo is a contact sport, you should come to practice ready to learn with a fresh mind and clean body. In the interest of physical hygiene and mutual respect for your fellow students, you should wear a clean and odor-free dobok (uniform). Your fingernails and toenails should be clean and neatly trimmed to prevent injury to you as well as your partner. A scratch from a dirty fingernail can easily become infected.

Uniform Care and Hygiene
An all white dobok (uniform) is required for formal workouts. Leadership team members may wear blue uniforms when they are assisting with class. Being a vigorous physical contact sport and martial art, Taekwondo may cause you to perspire and feel hot. Always wear your dobok (uniform) properly and treat it with respect. It should be clean and wrinkle-free. Do not roll up the sleeves or wear in a disarranged fashion. Since laundering your dobok (uniform) frequently will quickly deteriorate it, it is recommended that you have several doboks to switch between and to rinse the sweat out of the dobok each time between workouts.

The dojang (school) is only for serious Taekwondo study - not for a social gathering. While our dojang (school) is coeducational, it is no place for any type of affectionate display. Since the dojang (school) is to be considered a place for respect, foul language and unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Whether in the dojang (school), during promotional examinations, or in tournaments, students should never criticize a fellow student for not moving well, blame a partner for not making you "look good" enough, or sacrifice technique in order to beat the opponent. Such behavior is not consistent with the basic Taekwondo philosophy.

Refrain from idle conversation while practicing Taekwondo. You should come to the dojang (school) to practice the martial arts. When you arrive early for your class, or if you are watching the workout, please don't distract fellow students or the instructor. You should always be able to hear your instructor's voice. When the instructor is talking, he/she should have your undivided attention. If you have a question during the workout session, do not ask a fellow student; instead, raise your hand, wait to be called on and ask the instructor. Talking is prohibited during poomsae and free sparring. Discipline of the mind is a must as you learn to take control of your body.

One of the first things you should learn is the proper bow and when to use it. Bowing is the Oriental equivalent of shaking hands in the United States. Execute a bow by bending 45 degrees at the waist; back straight; legs straight and together; and hands at your sides. By bowing, you are showing respect for Taekwondo, the instructors, fellow students, and yourself. Upon entering the dojang (school), bow towards the flag when you step on or off the mat, and at the beginning and end of each workout session. Also, bow to your instructor and friends, and introduce yourself to any new students. You should bow upon meeting your instructor in or outside the dojang (school). Likewise, you should bow to your partner before and after practicing with each other. When lining up for formal workouts, students should arrange themselves in descending order by belt rank (right to left, front row to back). These rows and columns should be straight. When the instructor or senior student commands 'Kyung-yae", you are to bow.

There are two acceptable ways for sitting: Oriental and Western styles.  The former is to sit with legs crossed and hands comfortably in your lap.  Requiring greater flexibility, the latter is to kneel with the feet and knees together, while sitting on your heels.  During the mediation period during class, only kneeling is used.  If you are sitting in the proper position, you will be able to move quickly and prevent accidents.  When watching class, always sit on the edge of the mat and stay aware of whta is going on around you.  Watching others is an important learning tool for the martial arts.

No jewelry (rings, watches, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings) are allowed in the dojang (school) during your workout. Neither men nor women are exempt. Students with long hair are expected to remove hairpins and barrettes which could injure an eye.

Leaving the Mat or Dojang (school) During Practice
Once you bow onto the mat for a workout session, you are not to leave the workout or the room without the express permission of the instructor. This includes breaks to go to the water fountain, since it is inevitable everybody will become thirsty during practice, your instructor may give time for a water break. If you know you will need to leave class early, you should inform your instructor before the class commences; and when it comes time to leave, raise your hand and ask permission once again.

Belt Care
Your "dee" or belt is a symbol of your learned knowledge of Taekwondo. Always keep your belt tied properly, never draped around your neck. Never let your belt touch the ground and do not wash it. See your instructor or a senior student if you need help tying your belt.

Location Info

Beaverdale School         Waukee School
2706 Beaver Ave.            215 N. Warrior Lane
Des Moines, IA 50310       Waukee, IA 50263
515-255-0095                  515-978-3000