Dojang Etiquette – Haidong Gumdo

Important notes

These guidelines have been written to help you to get the most from your training and to assist you in your first few lessons as to what is expected of you as students.

For all martial arts practised in the Dojang (training hall) it is expected that good manners and respect must be shown to each other and to the instructors. It is also expected that students maintain themselves and their equipment and Dobok (uniforms) in a smart and clean manner.

If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your training then please do not hesitate to speak to any of our black belt instructors.


It is your responsibility to ensure that your children are handed over to us and that they are also picked up in the correct way.

Do not simply drop them off and leave them to walk in on their own from the car park without checking yourself that the lesson is indeed on and taking place as normal.

Do not expect your children to walk out at the end of the lesson on their own, you must come in to collect them and make sure we are aware that they are leaving.

Thank you.

… consume plenty of water prior to training. This will prepare your body for the training session.

… show courtesy to other students and senior grades. Courtesy and discipline play a very important part in martial arts training. Without these, training sessions may become unruly and dangerous.

… remove all jewellery prior to training. Any loose jewellery (such as watches, rings, bracelets, etc) can cause injury to yourself and your training partners. If rings cannot be removed, they should be covered in tape to avoid injury.

… use the techniques taught in the lesson outside of training unless their use is absolutely necessary. Demonstrating on friends can be dangerous and may lead to serious injury…. eat during the lesson. If you need to stop for a drink, please speak to the instructor first.

… walk around the training hall (Dojang) during the training session. Please wait for the instructor to come to you.