1. Upon entering or leaving the Do Jang, students in Do Bock or street clothes shall acknowledge the flags by bowing. This will be done without exception.
2. When class begins, students will line up according to rank and seniority. The senior ranking member will be on the instructor's left as he faces the class, and the senior ranking member will call the commands. (a) Turn to salute the flags. (b) Turn to bow to the instructor. (c) Meditation (3-5 minutes).
3. During the class, proper respect and discipline shall be maintained at all times and the TaeKwon-Do ritual should be followed in a uniform manner.
A. When the Master Instructor enters the Do Jang, the instructor on the floor or the highest ranking member in the class should call the class to attention and have the class bow. After respect has been paid, the class should return immediately to training.
B. When a student comes to class late, he should wait until he is recognized by the instructor, then approach him, bow, and get permission to join the class
C. When a student must leave the Do Jang during training, he should first receive permission from the instructor, unless other instructions were given at the start of the class.
D. Students should reply with "Yes", "No", or "Yes, Sir", or "No, Sir". The terms Yeh, Yup, Nope, Etc. should never be used (this includes outside the Do Chang).
E. Whenever the Master Instructor is holding class, no student will approach him directly. Approach the senior ranking member and ask him permission first,
F. All instructors, assistant instructors, and black belts arte to be addressed as Mr., Miss., Ms., or Mrs., as the case may be or as Sir or Ma'am, irrespective of age. Students are never to call the instructor by the first name.
G. No jewelry or chewing gum will be allowed in class.
H. When smoking or drinking with the Do Bock on, remove the belt and place it over your neck.
I. Never smoke in the presence of the Master Instructor.
J. No profanity is allowed in the Do Jang.
K. When entering the office of the Master Instructor, knock, bow, and then enter.
4. For dismissal, students should like up by seniority and rank. The senior ranking member will call the commands: (a) Turn to salute the flags. (b) Turn to bow to the instructor.
5. There should be an absence of unnecessary noise in the Do Jang. Students should remain silent, especially during forms and free-fighting.
6. Great importance should be attached to salutation. It is an integral part of TaeKwon-Do. While training one should treat with esteem, and pay respect to one's instructors, senior members, and opponents. One should not lose prudence, self-control, patience, or composition. Before and after exercises or contests, the participants should turn around, adjust their Do Bocks, and make correct salutation to their opponents or instructor.
7. While seated on the floor, members should keep proper posture conducive to good health. Hands should be places on the knees, the back should be straight, and legs should be crossed in front.
8. Members should exercise care to keep their Do Bock clean and pressed at all times. It is important to give a good impression of our art, and a neat appearance is important in this respect. A high degree of cleanliness should be maintained. Fingernails and toenails should be clipped and kept short to prevent injury while fighting.
9. Warm-up exercises should be practiced by members prior to training to prepare the body and mind. An unprepared body could be strained under the rigorous TaeKwon-Do Exercises. When training is terminated, students should relax themselves with a series of exercises not to exceed 5-7 minutes, to return to a calm and normal state.
10. In order to improve in skill, one must learn the basic motions and practice them constantly until they are perfected. Concentration and hard work must also be expended to learn the various forms. It should be remembered that all TaeKwon-Do techniques depend on basic motions and forms. Learn them properly and apply them in your free-fighting.
11. It should be kept in mind that TaeKwon-Do is a Korean martial art which is the most superior of its kind. Students should take pride in using Korean terminology at all times. Other foreign terminology should be avoided.
12. It is absolutely essential that members attend class regularly if they are to become proficient in TaeKwon-Do. It is a fact that members who are not regular in class attendance show inferior techniques as well as lack or discipline. As a result of this they become frustrated and attribute their lack or proficiency to the instructor, be he the Master or another. It is, therefore, advantageous to all members to attend class regularly. The Center wishes to fulfill its obligations to all its members, but must have the members' full cooperation. Therefore, it cannot be urged to strongly that members make every effort to avail themselves of the opportunity to train regularly.
13. Failure to comply with the above stated rules could result in:
A. Dismissal from class.
B. Period of probation.
C. Loss of rank.
D. Loss of rank and suspension.
COURTESY (YE UI)
TaeKwon-Do students should attempt to practice the following elements of courtesy to build up their noble character and to conduct the training in an orderly manner as well.
INTEGRITY (YOM CHI)
In TaeKwon-Do, the word integrity assumes a looser definition than the one usually presented in Webster's dictionary. One must be able to define right and wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Listed are some examples, where integrity is lacking.
PERSEVERANCE (IN NAE)
There is an old Oriental saying "Patience leads to virtue or merit", "One can make a peaceful home by being patient for 100 times". Certainly, happiness and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person. To achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set his goal, and then constantly persevere. Robert Bruce learned his lesson of perseverance from the persistent efforts of a lowly spider. It was this perseverance and tenacity that finally enabled him to free Scotland in the fourteenth century. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of TaeKwon-Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance. Confucius said: "one who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance".
SELF CONTROL (GUK GI)
This tenet is extremely important inside and outside the do jang, whether conducting oneself in free sparring or in one's personal affairs. A loss of self-control in free sparring can prove disastrous to both student and opponent. An inability to live and work within one's capability or sphere is also a lack of self-control. According to Lao-tzu, "the term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else".
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT (BAEKJUL BOOLGOOL)
"Here lie 300, who did their duty", a simple epitaph for one of the greatest acts of courage known to mankind. Although facing the superior forces of Xerxes, Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae showed the world the meaning of indomitable spirit. It is shown when a courageous person and his principles are pitted against overwhelming odds. A serious student of TaeKwon-Do will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice, he will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all with indomitable spirit, regardless of who-so-ever and however many the number may be. Confucius declared, "it is an act of cowardice to fail to speak out against injustice". As history has proven those who have pursued their dreams earnestly and strenuously with indomitable spirit have never failed to achieve their goals.
The flag of "Tae Kook" is the Korean Flag. "Tae Kook" means "the origin of all things in the universe". The horizontal "S" divides the circle in the center of the flag into portions of red and blue. These red and blue portions symbolize the Um and Yang theory of eternal duality that exists within nature (e.g., heaven and earth' light and darkness; hot and cold; being and not being). In science, this theory can be represented with the symbols "+" and "-". These dualities exist as a principle of the universe.
The four "Gye" (bar designs) in the corners of the flag are based on the UM and Yang principle of light and darkness. The locations of these Gye represent the four points of the compass. Ee-Gye in the lower left corner indicates dawn and early sunlight as the sun rises in the east. Kun-Gye in the upper left represents bright sunshine when the sun is in the south. Kam Gye in the upper right corner symbolizes twilight as the sun moves to the west. Kon-Gye in the lower right indicates total darkness when the sun is in the north. Together, these symbols express the mysteries of the universe.
|Dool||Two||Yul Dool||Twelve||Suh Ruen||Thirty|
|Ahop||Nine||Yul Ahop||Nineteen||Baek||One Hundred|
|Chon-Ji 17 & 19||Means literally, "The Heaven, The Earth". It is in the Orient, interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history, therefore, this is the initial pattern played by the beginner. This pattern consists of two similar parts: one to represent the Heaven and the other the Earth.||19|
|Dan-Gun 8 & 17||Is named after the Holy Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year 2333 B.C.||21|
|Do-San 6 & 24||Is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang-Ho (1876-1938) who devoted his entire life to furthering the education of Korea and its independence movement.||24|
|Won-Hyo 12 & 26||Was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year of 686 A.D.||28|
|Yul-Gok 23 & 36||Is the pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536-1584) nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea". The 38 movements of the pattern refer to his birthplace on the 38th latitude and the diagram represents "scholar".||38|
|Joong-Gun 12 & 32||Is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro Bumi Ito, the first Japanese Governor-General of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. There are 32 movements in the pattern to represent Mr. Ahn's age when he was executed at Lui-Shung prison (1910).||32|
|Toi-Gye 21 & 37||Is the pen name of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th Century), an authority on neo-Confucianism. The 37 movements refer to his birthplace on the 37th latitude, the diagram represents "scholar"||37|
|Hwa-Rang 14 & 29||Is named after the Hwa-Rang youth group which originated in the Silla Dynasty in the early 7th century. This eventually became the actual driving force for the unification of the three kingdoms of Korea. The 29 movements refer to the 29th Infantry Division, where Taekwon-Do developed into maturity.||29|
|Choong-Moo 9 & 30||Was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Yi Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armored battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The reason why this pattern ends up with the left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the King.||30|
White Belt means a student is pure or without knowledge of TaeKwon-Do.
Yellow Belt symbolizes that the student, likened o that of a seed, is beginning to see the sunlight.
Green Belt represents a seedling just beginning to grow.
Blue Belt designates that the young plant is reaching towards the sky.
Red Belt signifies danger. The student has good technical knowledge but still lacks control and discipline.
Black Belt... there are nine degrees of the black belt. Symbolizes the coming together of all previous color belts, and all grade knowledge to form a degree.
Who is the founder of TaeKwon-Do? General Choi
When was TaeKwon-Do founded? April 11, 1955
What is the purpose of free sparring? Reflex reaction training
What are the bars on the Korean Flag called? Gye Bars
What are the colors on the Korean Flag? Um (red) and Yang (blue)
What does I.T.F. stand for? International TaeKwon-Do Federation (the governing body of Taekwon-Do
What does N.A.T.A. stand for? North American TaeKwon-Do Association
Who is the head of N.A.T.A.? Grand Master Yu (9th Dan)
What are the meanings of the patterns about? Great people and places in Korean history
What does Taekwon-Do mean? Feet, Hands and Knowledge
What are patterns? A series of offensive and defensive movements performed against imaginary targets to a set form.
What is a gup? Color belt rank
What is a Dan? Degrees of Black Belt
How do you say "Thank You" in Korean? Kamsahamnida
When was the I.T.F. created? March 22, 1966
Who is Duk Sung Son? The person who also took credit for the name of TaeKwon-Do (12/19/1955)
What styles merged to create Taekwon-Do? Chung Do Kwon, Moo Duk Kwan, Yun Moo Kwon and Oh Do Kwon
What is our style of patterns called? Chang Hyung Style.
|Ba Ro||Return to Ready||Ilbo Matsogi||One-Step Sparring|
|Si Jak||Begin||Hosin Sul||Self Defense|
|Shu||Rest||Apcha Busigi||Front Snap Kick|
|Hae San||Dismiss||Yopcha Jirugi||Side Piercing Kick|
|Gup||Grade||Dollyo Chagi||Turning Kick|
|Dan||Degree||Twimyo Chagi||Flying Kick|
|Do Bok||Uniform||Twigi Chagi||Jumping Kick|
|Ti||Belt||Dwit Chagi||Back Kick|
|Do Jang||Training Hall||Gokaeng-I Chagi||Pick Shape Kick (ax)|
|Twimyo Yopcha Jirugi||Flying Side Piercing Kick||Banal Chagi||Crescent Kick|
|Golcho Chagi||Hooking Kick||Makgi||Blocking|
|Bandae Dollyo Gorochagi||Reverse Hooking Kick||Najunde Makgi||Low Block|
|Sogi||Stance||Chookyo Makgi||Rising Block|
|Gunnun Sogi||Walking Stance||Kaunde Makgi||Middle Block|
|Niunja Sogi||L-Stance||Sonkal Makgi||Knife Hand Block|
|Annun Sogi||Sitting Stance||Anapalmonk Makgi||Inner Forearm Block|
|Narani Junbi Sogi||Parallel Ready Stance|