Class and Student Courtesy
In order to be comfortable and knowledgeable with the courtesies expected, all students should review the following list:
Students and instructors will
bow to the
flags each time they enter and/or leave the classroom area, even if the
area is not being used for workout. (The bow is the Oriental
"handshake" used in showing respect and feeling of community toward the
flags, fellow students and instructors) Karate Kids should clearly
state the Monthly Theme upon bowing.
If a student is unavoidably
class, he should bow at the edge of the workout floor and wait to be
recognized by the instructor; he/she may then ask permission to join
the class. (Instructors may choose to assign warm-ups and/or other
exercises as appropriate)
Students should use the restroom
coming to class. If necessary, it is acceptable during class to ask
permission to be excused.
Students will respond "Yes/No,
"Yes/No, Ma'am", as appropriate, in all conversations with instructors;
students will stand respectfully and bow whenever greeting an
instructor, in or out of the classroom.
Students will address
their last name and proper title (Mr., Mrs., Miss, etc.), regardless of
any personal or family relationship.
Students are encouraged to
in class enthusiastically; however, students should avoid unnecessary
conversation and should speak only at the proper times.
If a student does not understand
directive, he is allowed to raise his hand and ask that the instruction
be repeated. A student is expected, however, to pay careful attention
so the class may proceed without interruption.
The Senior student among
students of the
same rank is the one who achieved the rank first. If the rank was
earned at the same time, seniority may be determined by length of time
in Taekwondo or by chronological age. An instructor may also prefer to
"rotate" the senior position.
No student, regardless of rank,
instruct or correct another student without the direct and specific
permission and supervision of the instructor.
A student's personal appearance
class is a reflection of his pride. Cleanliness of person and uniform
If students are allowed to use
classroom for informal workouts, the should wear the standard uniform
or appropriately modest and respectful workout clothing. No shorts.
Students in informal workout
may not engage in free-sparring without the direct supervision of an
If a student is in the room when
"Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo" pledge is recited, he must stand at
attentions and recite the pledge with the group, whether or not he is
in uniform or a participant in the group session.
Hair should be short or pulled
headbands or "sweatbands" are to be worn, other than ATA approved
There is to be no smoking or use
tobacco products in the school at any time; there will be no smoking,
use of tobacco products or consumption of alcohol at any time while in
There will be no use of
profanity on the
school premises or at any ATA function. class or activity.
Permission of the student's
is required before any student may attend another ATA school or another
martial arts school.
High ranking visitors to the
should be greeted with appropriate respect; if class is in session, it
should immediately be interrupted for this salutation.
Students will turn away from the
instructor or opponent when adjusting uniform or belt.
Students will not wear shoes on
Women must wear a white T-shirt
No jewelry shall be worn with
uniform. (A few instructors allow a wedding ring.)
Students, parents and guests
converse with any person involved in a class session without the
permission of the instructor.
No student may work on forms or
techniques of any rank higher than his own.
Complaints, infractions or
the moral and/or ethical standards of the ATA should be reported in the
National Officer to ATA President
204 Sunset Drive
Butler, PA 16001
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