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ETIQUETTE IN THE DO JANG
• ENTERING THE DO JANG
Upon entering the Do Jang, pause by the entrance, face the flags and salute by holding the right clenched hand across the chest with palm facing the heart and then place your right arm to your side and bow in the direction of the flags. This demonstrates respect and appreciation for our country, our style, our training, and the country that produced the development of our style. You should perform this discipline upon entering and leaving the Do Jang. Having entered the Do Jang the student should then approach the Senior Instructor / Master in class and respectfully bow to them (the bow need not be returned if the Instructor / Master is busy) Once the class has started it should only be stopped if a person higher that the person teaching the class should enter the Do Jang, then the class should stop, face the higher rank, bow and then resume (unless the senior person suggests otherwise).
• DRINKING IN THE DO JANG
Only water may be consumed in the Do Jang (Belt should be removed first unless permission is given by the instructor to keep them on). Even outside the Do Jang if wearing a Do Bohk and drinking, the belt should be removed.
• LEAVING CLASS DURING INSTRUCTION
Permission should be requested from the Instructor before leaving the class (water break, toilet break, or any other reason), upon returning to the class the student should wait on the side of the class and wait for permission to re-join class (having followed the correct etiquette when entering the Do Jang).
• DRESS CODE IN THE DO JANG
The correct W.T.S.D.A. Dobohk should be worn during traditional training at all times unless permission is given by the instructor, this might relate to activities such as Ki Gong or Aerobics.
• VERBAL ETIQUETTE IN THE DO JANG
There should never be ANY swearing or loud discussions in the Do Jang whether there is a class in there or not, disagreeing or arguing with an Instructor (or senior grade), should NEVER be tolerated and will be regarded as an act of total disrespect. The rules of etiquette are there to make us a better person, this goes from the lowest grade to the highest master. The Instructor of the class should set an example for all his/her students to follow.
• ETIQUETTE REGARDING MISSED CLASSES
If any event is missed due to reasons whether they be unforeseen or not, then your Instructor should be informed prior to the event (if possible), in case of emergencies, i.e. family injuries or concerns (or any important issues), then when the opportunity arises, this is a courteous gesture so the Instructor is aware why a class was missed or where teaching duties in a clinic or Judging duties within a tournament may be unfulfilled and cover needs to be organised
These guidelines are NOT here to prove that other people are more important than you, far from it, it’s just a traditional martial arts teaches us principles that allow us to demonstrate humility, courtesy, respect (self-respect as well as respect for others), Loyalty and indomitable spirit and are there to make us better people and are for both Instructor and students alike.