SUL DO etiquette
As a new student you will hear the word etiquette
repeatedly. You will learn that proper etiquette accounts for a high percentage
of your score on promotion tests.
You will hear the Master say that the first
thing to be learned as a student of martial arts is etiquette. What exactly does
the word etiquette mean? In this school, etiquette means the proper code of
behavior for a student of KUK SUL DO.
So what is the proper code of behavior for a
student of KUK SUL DO? The answer is quite simple, any behavior that is
motivated by respect.
If you truly learn KUK SUL DO it is inevitable and natural
that you will develop respect for the earth.
As you begin to appreciate the
truth and beauty of KUK SUL DO you will also develop respect for the teachers
who provide their knowledge to you. You will also gain respect for your
classmates who share your learning adventure and finally for yourself.
The remainder of this section consists of various
rules and regulations. In reading and studying them try not to forget that
respect is the basic rationale for their existence.
Always address the instructors by their correct
title. You may also address them as "sir" or "ma'am". Using
the instructor's first name or saying "hey you" is not polite or
First Degree Black Belt (Jo Kyo Nym)
Second Degree Black Belt (Kyo Sa Nym)
Third Degree Black Belt (Bu Sa Bum Nym)
Fourth Degree Black Belt (Sa Bum Nym)
Master (Fifth degree black belt & above)
Kwan Jang Nym
Grand Master (Certified Kuk Sul Do Teacher)
Kuk Sa Nym
Bowing is a basic expression of courtesy in martial
arts. It is the same as shaking hands in public or a salute in the armed forces.
Bowing is the most obvious way to show respect. As
a martial arts student you will bow frequently,
so it is important to know when and how to bow.
There are two types of bows; a standing bow and a kneeling bow.
The standing bow is executed by bending forward
from the waist slightly at about 45 degrees. Your eyes should be lowered but you
should be able to see all of the person to whom you are bowing.
In uniform your
hands should be "catching" your belt in the "attention"
position. In regular clothes you should keep your arms at your sides.
The kneeling bow is started in the standing
position. First, move your right foot back. Then turn to the right 180 degrees
and place your left knee on the floor. Then pivot on your left knee, turn to the
left 180 degrees and your right knee joins your left knee on the floor kneeling
with both hands on thighs, facing the Master.
Finally, bow forward and touch
your elbows and then your hands to the floor and place your forehead on your
hands in the bowing position.
salute the National Flag. The salute is executed by bringing your right
fist over your heart (palm side facing down).
Execute the kneeling bow to the Master or leading instructor.
to the instructor when beginning and ending forms (Hyung).
2. Bow to opponents before and after sparring.
Bow to partners before and after practicing techniques.
Same as the beginning class procedure.
or leaving the Do-Jang (Martial Arts school):
The "Do-Jang bow” is executed by bring your
right fist over your heart (palm side facing down) and return to attention
position then bow saying "KUK SUL."
Execute a standing bow when greeting or bidding farewell to your teacher.
to class clean and well groomed.
* Do-Bok ( martial arts uniform)
5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled class
uniforms neat, clean and odor – free.
Korean words for the martial arts uniform are Do-Bok Come to practice with a complete and presentable Do-Bok
It should include underwear, jacket and pants and be clean and
un‑torn. Always treat the Do-Bok with respect. After class it should be folded neatly.
all jewelry before class.
into your uniform without delay before practice.
Always wear the full uniform at the beginning and end of class.
If the weather is hot, you may ask permission to
take your jacket off after the
class has bowed in.
Do's and Don'ts
keep the Do-Jang clean, neat and orderly.
Do not sit on top of the desk or table.
Do not chew gum, or smoke.
not swear, curse, or use vulgar language.
not wear jewelry during practice. Jewelry can cause injury to you and
not use drugs (except for medication prescribed by a physician).
If you are found drunken or drugged, you may be expelled.
on time for class and attend class regularly.
you arrive late, ask for permission to join class. If you must leave early, ask
for permission before leaving.
you've been told to sit down during class, sit properly, with feet crossed or
tucked under you. Do not slouch or lean against the walls.
on training. Never do anything to obstruct yourself or others from learning.
There should be no unnecessary talking or horseplay during practice.
to your full potential. Push yourself to the limit of your endurance, energy and
concentration. However, also be realistic. Do not push yourself beyond safe
a strong mind. Do not let doubts and/or fears overshadow you.
you should feel "strange" or experience a physical problem of any kind
(dizziness, pain), please notify your instructor immediately.
you are not capable of completing a full workout, please notify your instructor
prior to the beginning of class and you will be allowed to practice
ask for permission from an instructor to use a weapon.
Always treat weapons with care and respect. Do not lean on, or rest
leave a weapon unattended. Put weapons away promptly when finished
RESPONSIBILITIES CONCERNING RANK
others with higher belts.
not disturb upper belts while they practice.
lower belts, when appropriate.
try to teach something that you have not been taught.
not teach if you are not qualified. Do not teach in, or out of the Do-Jang
unless you have permission.
use your martial arts training needlessly. Use it only to defend good.