At Discovery Martial Arts Academy, we want your training to be both enjoyable and rewarding.
Please remember that TaekwonDo is a martial art, and high standards of behaviour are very important.
Why do we have strict rules?
TaekwonDo rules of behaviour come from a combination of oriental values including reverence to parents and respect to seniors with strict martial ranking and discipline systems. Today, the same traditional rules of behaviour are used in a milder tone to develop a higher level of courtesy and respect among TaekwonDo students. TaekwonDo also develops humility in behaviour, pride in oneself, togetherness, and respect for the community.
It is very important that these rules are followed:
- Always bow when entering and leaving the Dojang (please learn how to bow correctly)
- Address Instructors and Black Belts as “Sir” or “Ma’am”. Black Belts will always address their seniors in the same way. If you are asked a question, always finish your answer with “Sir” or ‘Ma’am” (e.g. in response to being asked if you understand something the Instructor has demonstrated, say “Yes Sir/Ma’am”).
- You may only wear DMAA approved Dobok/training T shirt and sparring equipment in the Dojang, unless previously agreed with your Instructor.
- Your uniform must always be clean and worn correctly with your belt, properly tied. Full Dobok must be worn at gradings, competitions, seminars and black belt training.
- The belt must never fall, touch or be placed on the floor. Please learn to tie your belt correctly.
- When tidying up the Dobok or belt, the student must turn 180 degrees to the left. Never adjust your uniform whilst facing the Instructor.
- Respect your Instructors by bowing when you see them for the first time and when you leave after training.
- Always greet guests in a friendly and courteous manner, especially visiting Instructors or grading Examiners.
- Mobile phones should be turned off or set to silent before a training session begins.
- Long hair must be tied back during training (to avoid injury)
- Nails (fingers and toes) should be kept short to avoid any risk of cuts or scratches.
- Personal hygiene is very important – remember we often train in close proximity to others.
- No jewellery may be worn while training, for your own and other’s safety. This includes, among other things: earrings, chains, bracelets, watches, smart watches, piercing studs, rings with sharp edges/points and any other potentially harmful items. Smooth surface wedding rings are an exception, but must be taped.
- No food or chewing gum is allowed in the Dojang. If you need to eat, please remove your belt and eat outside the Dojang.
- Drinks are permitted only at the margins of the Dojang area (you do not need to remove your belt to drink water)
- Always ask the Instructor’s permission to leave the Dojang during training.
- Always try to arrive early and ready for the start of the lesson. Children should be encouraged to use the toilet before class to avoid disruption. If you arrive late, you must stand to the side of the class until asked to join in by the Instructor.
- Always follow the Instructor’s commands quickly (e.g. when asked to line up, run to your position)
- Respect others regardless of age, sex, size or ability. If difficulties arise, immediately inform your Instructor in private.
- Swearing and inappropriate language is not tolerated in the Dojang.
- Lead by example. Earn respect rather than demand it. Actions speak louder than words.
- If in doubt defer to your Instructor, let them guide you.
- Always do your best in all areas of your training, not just in areas you prefer.
- After training, remember to thank your Instructor for their guidance.
Take pride in DMAA, your fellow students, and yourself.