Rules and School Etiquette

  1. When you enter the dojang (training hall), bow to: Flags, Headmaster, Instructors and any higher-ranking belts (regardless if they see you or not).  You must also salute the flags by placing your right hand over your heart to show respect to Korea and the United States.  Bowing is a means of showing respect.
    Note:  A bow should be slow and genuine, taking about six (6) seconds bending 90 degrees.  When you bow, never look at the person you are bowing to; for that means you trust the person.
  2. If you arrive late for class, kneel down and wait on the side of the training area, and the master or instructor will let you know when you can join in the class.  During the training session never leave or walk away without the master or instructor's permission.
  3. The following are not allowed in the training area; shoes, gum chewing, loud talk, foul language, arguing, rough housing, and unsupervised sparring.  The dojang is a house of discipline.  It must be treated with respect worthy of a great honor - it is where you learn, develop, make friends and grow.
    Note:  Jewelry of any sort is not allowed in class, both for your safety, that of other students and for the protection of the jewelry itself.
  4. You must also wear a clean WTF approved uniform that bears the Mu-Sa logo.  Black V-neck collar uniforms may be worn by black belts only.
  5. Any equipment used at Mu-Sa Total Martial Arts must be used with respect.  (Treat them as if they were your own!)
  6. When you approach the Headmaster or Instructor, bow to him/her, then speak in a polite respectful manner, remembering to end each sentence with the word "Sir" or "Ma'am".
  7. When you need help, simply ask your Instructor, or Master, he or she will be happy to help.
    Note:  Never ask them to demonstrate a technique, simply explain what it is that you do not understand and he or she will help you.
  8. Always be courteous and kind.  Advanced students should help guide the lower belts by exemplifying proper behavior and encouraging lower belts to do the same.
  9. You must have the permission of the Headmaster to participate in any competition or special event.
  10. Never degrade Tae Kwon Do, the reputation of your school, or any member, master or instructor.