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TKD Etiquette



Norms of conduct at the dojang:

Upon entering the dojang, one must first salute the national flag (by laying the right hand on the left side of the chest) and then bow to his seniors in rank order. Inside the dojang, one must try to create an atmosphere of humbleness and solidarity.  Inside the dojang, one must use polite language towards the head of the dojang, masters, instructors and his seniors in rank, regardless of their age.

(Think before you speak or write)

The Dobok:

The dobok must be always treated dearly. The dobok must be clean and put on neatly during training. If the dobok is disarranged, one must stop his actions and turn around, facing away from your seniors and kneel to adjust his/her uniform. Only ATC approved uniforms or gear are permited in class.

Dress and Looks:

One must always keep himself dressed neatly. A special attention must be paid to whether or not the buttons and the necktie are loosened. One should be in full dress (suit, dress or proper uniform) when he/she attends the ceremonies of competition meets, promotion tests and other events. Neat clean cut hair and clean footwear are a must for all members. One should habituate oneself to a clean and modest life.

One should ensure that his looks and dress will not show disrespect to seniorsor elders. One should refrain oneself from pursuing fashion blindly or dressing inappropriately to gain attention, which only shows low self esteem and lack of self confidence .

In society and at home:

 A student should try to observe the Code of Etiquette not only at the dojang but also in school, social meetings and at home. A TaeKwonDo student must know how to express the positive attitudes of etiquette toward his/her siblings, parents, teachers, seniors, colleagues and also juniors.

During conversations:

One must take a polite attitude with the chest opened while sitting face to face with the other party for a dialogue. One should choose refined words in conservation. One should show a smiling look in conversation, heeding not to offend the other party. One should talk logically and calmly in a low tone as much as the other party can hear. The topic must be something attractive to the other party's interest, occasionally inserting humors and wits. One should refrain from using inadequate foreign words or profanity. One should take precaution not to spit while talking. One should be especially careful in calling the other party's social title ( Master is not to be called Mr., Just as a Professor should not be called Mr., since Master is a earned title). It is important first to listen carefully to the other party's opinion and then put forth one's own opinion and insistence after prudent consideration. It is undesirable to interrupt the other party while talking. One should avoid staring at the other party with a look of contempt. Even a senior should be careful not to tap the other party or touch the latter's body or make excessive hand signs during a conversation.

Telephone calls:

When one makes a telephone call, he should address himself first and then confirm the other party who is calling. Receiving a telephone call, one should respond immediately by declaring his position and name and then ask who is wanted. A telephone conversation should be brief and accurate. One should be habituated to take notes of important points during the telephone conversation.

Paying a visit to non friends or seniors:

An advance notice is necessary before paying a visit to others, regardless of the other party's position, high or low. Except for unavoidable circumstances or emergencies, one should refrain from fixing the time of visit for a Sunday or other public holidays, early morning, late at night, or meal time. One had better avoid bad weather on the day of visit. One should finish his business briefly during the visit and leave soon. If the visited person looks busy or uncomfortable, the visitor had better leave the place as soon as possible without bothering further.

At the table:

One should keep the body upright while sitting at the table, when a grandmaster/master enters everyone should rise and bow showing proper etiquette. One should commence eating only after a senior has begun eating, unless permission is given (Master is running very late to an event). Even among friends, all visitor should be treated with etiquette. 

One should refrain from talking while chewing, if possible. One should refrain from making a noisy sound while picking up a spoon, drinking or chewing food. One should avoid keeping the mouth opened to be seen by others eating. One may not leave the table during the meal unless for bathroom us. One should wait at the table, if possible, until the time of ending the meal by the other party. When finished with the meal one should not cross the utensils on the dinner plate, utensils should be placed side by side.

At social occasions:

When introducing a junior, it is advised to sound the senior's arrival in advance. A third party who is going to introduce a person to another should not be distracted. The one who is to be introduced must wait before speaking out until the introducer's remarks finish. One may shake hands only when an elder or a senior shows first his willingness to do so. Between a male and a female, a handshake depends entirely on the willingness of the female side. In shaking hands, a tight grip should be avoided.

Getting into a car:

In a car, a senior will be seated on the back and opposite side of the chauffeur's seat, the second senior just behind the chauffeur, the third in between the two and the last in seniority just beside the chauffeur. In case of an owner driver, the seat beside the driver has the first priority for a senior. At the time of getting in a car, an attendant must help the senior enter the car first, and at the destination, also attend the senior by getting out first.

During an attendance:

In guiding a senior, one should precede a step forward with a humble attitude.

Enacted May 7, 1971 by the TaeKwonDo Association