The following are a set of safety and etiquette (good manner) rules, which all students are strictly required to follow. Any student who knowingly disregards these rules will be reprimanded by having rank taken away or dismissed from training.
- Food and Beverages (Except for water) should be kept to a minimum in the dojang.
- No outside shoes are to be worn in the dojang.
- Remove all jewelry and watches before training.
- Notify instructor of any injuries, medical conditions, or physical limitations that could be
brought on or made worse while training.
- No running, pushing, shoving, or climbing on equipment.
- No sparring, weapon training, or board breaking is allowed without an instructor
- Students should only practice techniques they have been taught by an instructor.
- Students should not leave the dojang unless given permission by an instructor.
- Classes will be taught by authorized instructors only.
- Students must wear a complete Dobak (uniform) - top, pants, and belt. A solid colored
T-shirt (No Neon Colors) or a MATKD school shirt may be worn under their dobak.
Dobaks should be kept clean and replaced if worn/torn.
- When entering or leaving the dojang, students must stop at the entrance, face into the
training space, and bow.
- Early is on time, on time is late, and late is disrespectful. The instructors expect
students to be in their dobak and ready to train when the class is called to line up. The
instructors do realize that unpredictable circumstances come up but we ask that
students get to class whenever they can. We would rather have them be late and train
hard, then not train at all.
- Junior students should set up the dojang before class begins and put everything away
at the end of class.
- If a student is in the dojang before/after their scheduled training time, they should not
distract the other students from their training.
- Always treat others as you would want to be treated, with respect and kindness.
Disrespect will not be tolerated.
- A student’s response should always be followed by Sir or Ma’am.
- Students should always use Mr./Ms./Mrs. when addressing instructors and adults.
- When asking a question, the student should stand at attention with hand raised. When
the instructor acknowledges them, they should bow then ask their question. Always
remember to say “Thank you, Sir/Ma’am” afterwards.
- Students should stand at attention and remain in their ready position or last technique
until told to relax or return to ready position by the instructor.
- Students should never cross their arms across their chest or put their hands on their
hips unless instructed to do so. Instead, they may place their hands behind their back,
hanging freely at their sides or in front of them near the knot of their belt.
- Students should always sit with proper posture; their legs crossed and hand on their
knees or kneeling with their hands on their hands on their lap. Slouching, leaning, or
lying down is disrespectful and will not be tolerated.
- Students should never cut through the lines during class. When they have to step out of
line they must first ask for permission, bow to the instructor, step backwards and exit
behind their line. When re-entering the line, they must enter behind their line to their
position. If no position is available according to rank, then students should join the group
in the first open position at end of the line.
- Upon greeting, the students should bow to the instructors and each other.
- When shaking hands with instructors or other students, they should always use two
hands. They can either shake with the right hand and place the left hand underneath
their right elbow or the left hand assists the right hand in the handshake motion.
- When approaching an instructor or fellow student who is in the middle of conversation,
students should wait to be acknowledged by the individual they wish to speak with
instead of rudely interrupting.
- If a student has a concern or a problem, they should ask to speak privately with an
instructor. We are always willing to work through any problems or concerns a student
might have but it is disrespectful to openly debate or dispute an issue with the instructor
in front of other students.