Etiquette for the Dojang and its Relevance
We understand many of these etiquette guidelines are foreign concepts you need get used to and to reflect on with time, but collectively they help you develop a mindset to complement your training and your martial preparedness. In essence, etiquette guidelines prompt you to walk up to the training hall (and to know it is a safe and welcoming place), but then to leave your worldly baggage at the door, and ready yourself for training.
Irrespective of this extensive list, JDK instructors are some of the most casual and approachable people you will ever meet - don't let JDK's dojang etiquette guidelines put you off. Learn them in order to understand their lessons.
- General Guidelines: You show respect for the art, to the instructors, to your fellow students, and to yourself by:
- coming early in order to warm up in preparation for class; or communicating ahead to inform your instructor that you can't come
- revising material you learned in a previous class
- having a clean and presentable uniform,
- having clean feet
- practicing personal hygiene
- keeping yourself and all your opponents safe:
- by practising all techniques with the greatest control
- fingernails trimmed short,
- removing any jewellery before class,
- engaging in regular strengthening/flexibility/rehabilitation exercises,
- being well slept, and
- hydrating yourself.
- A bow of 5 degrees is a cursory bow to convey a simple greeting or acknowledgement.
- A bow of 15 degrees is used for common salutation.
- A bow of 30 degrees is your respectful bow to communicate your appreciation.
- A bow of 45 degrees is to communicate your deep respect, extreme gratitude or an apology.
- A bow of 90 degrees is reserved for ceremonial occasions such as a visit to the shrine or Buddhist temple.
Note: Any indiscretion may affect your continued membership with JDK. If you cannot comply with any or all of the above, or if any of the above has failed you and is incompatible with your needs, please speak with your instructor. And if your instructor has not responded sufficiently to your queries, please direct your issue with any of JDK's committee members.
Beginners should also read the following:
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Last edited Dec 4 2018