• At Moo Duk Kwan HQ, children learn the importance of respect, discipline, and responsibility. Therefore, we have constructed a set of rules for all students to follow. These rules provide structure for students to learn and help ensure a more organized class.
  • All students are asked to take care of bathroom breaks and drinks prior to class beginning. We encourage all students to get to class between 10 and 15 minutes early, and to use that time to prepare for class and ask for help.
  • To show respect to their teachers, we require all students to say “Yes/No Sir” or “Yes/No Ma’am” when asked a question or requested to do something in class.
  • As part of their responsibility, when testing for Orange belt, students must know how to tie their belt.
  • Uniforms must be clean. When in front of instructors, it is very disrespectful to have a dirty uniform. Girls must wear a white t-shirt under their Do Bok. Boys may wear a white t-shirt under their Do Bok.
  • Students are to pay attention to the instructor at all times and only talk when it is his/her turn. If a student has a question, they should raise their hand to ask their question.
  • No gum, candy, food, or drinks are allowed in class.
  • No jewelry. We do not want anyone to get injured during class. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged jewelry. To ensure the safety of all students, there is no horseplay before, during, or after class.
  • No bad language, insulting words, cursing, or negativity is allowed at any time. We want this to be a positive environment for everyone to enjoy.
  • No giving up. “I can’t” is a phrase that should not be used in the do dang. Try your best! We do not expect anyone to do something perfectly, but we expect you to put forth your absolute best effort.
  • No gum, candy, food, or drinks are allowed in class.
  • Before Class: Practice! Work on anything that you are having trouble with and be sure to ask for help if you need it. Instructors will be here and would be glad to help you out.
  • Bowing: This is an important part of showing respect for the Do Jang, instructors, and higher ranks. Students shall bow in and out of every room they enter or exit.
  • Attention: Remain quiet and focused during class. Don’t fidget, turn around, or look away from an instructor. To show that you are listening, look directly into the eyes of the person who is talking, whether it is a senior student or an instructor. If you need to yawn, cough, sneeze, or fix your uniform; turn around to the back of class. This shows respect for your instructor and fellow students.
  • Physical Discomfort or Injuries: If you have an injury, please do not push yourself beyond what you are capable of. If you feel that you will injure yourself further by doing an exercise, please tell an instructor right away and do not continue the exercise. “Pushing yourself” is definitely a show of good motivation, but doing so to a point of injury or discomfort is not healthy or effective.
  • Class Participation: Instructors like to hear loud and clear yes Sir/Ma’am in addition to loud Kee Hap, (yell) during theentire class and you should be a part of it. This shows that you are listening and paying attention, but it is shows respect for your peers who are following the directions. Kee hap (karate yell) is an important aspect of karate. We try to motivate you to be the best that you can be. One of the ways that we can tell if you are trying your best is through the demonstration of power and focus while performing your Kee hap. Respect the Higher Ranks: Rank is about responsibility, not about privileges. As you gain more experience and move up the ranks, consider it your duty to be a role-model for those that follow. It rests upon you to show others the way. Show proper etiquette and work ethic if you expect others to do the same.
  • Asking Questions: It is very important to ask questions. If you are not sure how to do something, and you don’t ask, it is not possible for you to improve yourself. We want everyone to get past their shyness and ask questions. This is what the instructors are here for. Always remember, “There is no such thing as a dumb question.”
  • Receiving Answers: Listen and learn from your mistakes. If an instructor or senior student corrects you, listen to them. Do not argue with anyone, especially with an instructor. Arguing is not respectful and does not help you to succeed.
  • After Class: Ask questions! Instructors stick around a few minutes after class. If you need help with anything, please ask, and an instructor will gladly help. Students may not exit the building without their parent present.

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