Behavior in the Dojang

Basic Rules

  • Wear comfortable clothing to workout (a uniform can be worn after one full session of instructions).
  • No shoes are allowed in the workout area.
  • Gum chewing or eating is not allowed.
  • Jewelry needs to be removed before class.
  • Horseplay will not be tolerated.
  • Students should remain quiet during class.



  • Dobahk must be neat and clean.  Kwan patch should be over the heart, American flag on left and the Korean flag on the right sleeve. 
  • Street shoes, watches and jewelry must be removed upon entering workout area. 
  • Your belt should be tied with a traditional knot. 
  • Students should not face their instructor while attending to their uniform or belt.  A respectful student will turn to the rear and to make adjustments. 


Karate Ettiquette

  • Students bow towards the dojang when entering or leaving.
  • Arrive 5 minutes before the class is scheduled to start.  If you enter the dojang after class has started you must wait to be acknowledged and then bow in before entering the workout area. 

  • When the highest-ranking instructor enters the dojang, the highest-ranking student yells “Charyut” (all students come to attention–stand up straight with hands by side) and “Kin Yeh”(all students bow towards highest ranking instructor).
  • Students will be positioned by seniority.  The highest-ranking member will dress in the first row on the extreme right.  Hands are behind your back while awaiting commands.
  • There is one lead instructor per class.  Do not question or challenge the instructor during class.  If you have concerns about techniques, direction, forms or other issues, speak to the instructor in private.  Safety concerns are the only exception to this tradition.
  • The highest ranking student is responsible for the class should the instructor be absent.
  • New material (forms, combinations, self-defense escapes, etc.) should initially be taught to the student by the head instructor.  Seek help from those who are your immediate senior in belt before approaching senior black belts for assistance.
  • When you answer a question, you always say “Yes Sir/Yes Ma’am” or “No Sir/No Ma’am”.
  • When you are in “Choon Bee” (ready stance-left leg slaps right leg’s knee and hands are in fists in front of you) or “Ba Ro”, do not move for any reason.  Pick a spot on the wall ahead of you and stare at it.   Do not wipe your sweat; do not itch; do not talk.  This shows you are a worthy karate student and ready to learn something new.
  • When the instructor tells you to “Shio”, you may fix your uniform/workout outfit, wipe sweat, itch, but you do not talk.  When you shio, turn your back to the instructor no matter where the instructor is.  The instructor will do the same for students.  This is done out of respect for each other.
  • When you bow to the instructor or the dojang, your feet come together, hands are at your sides, and you look down.  When you bow to an opponent during self-defense or sparring, your feet come together, hands are at your sides and you look at the other person.
  • When sitting on the floor, legs should be crossed with hands on knees.  No conversation.

  • Sparring:  Senior belt will dress to the right of center.  When sparring, students should show consideration for their opponent’s rank, size and skill level.  It would be disrespectful to humiliate another member of the association during a sparring drill.  Bring all gear (uniforms, sparring gear, weapons, etc.) to all classes.
  • In competition ask permission to address a judge.  Accept the judge’s decision as final.  Be humble in victory and defeat.


Class commands

Dress - Instructor claps hands, all students in ready stance.

Choon Bee: Ready stance - Left foot slaps right knee, stand straight about one foot apart with arms straight in front with hands in fists.
Charyut: Attention - Stand straight with arms at sides
Kin Yeh: Bow

Ki Hap: Yell
Tora: Turn       

Shio: Relax
Ba Ro: Back to attention - Follow ready stance
Ahn Jo: Sit - Sit with legs crossed and hands in lap
Ko Map Sum Ni Da: Thank you (Instructor says)
Cheon-ma-ne-yo: You're welcome(students say)