Bowing can be considered the ultimate symbol of respect -- it is considered a reflection of respect from the soul. In ancient times, when warriors approached on another, they bowed. They may have been friends or enemies, or they may have not known one another at all. Nevertheless, they bowed just the same, for each was guardedly cautious of the other's potential fighting prowess. What the bow did signify, and still does today, was the mutual respect they shared for each other.
Bow before beginning any type of basic exercise or poomse. Always bow to your instructor when beginning and ending instruction, and instructors will always bow to their students at the same time. (Students bow to each other whenever beginning any type of sparring).
When students bow to their instructor, they are expressing sincere appreciation for the training they have received from that senior instructor. Students on the training floor are to bow when the instructor enters the Do Jong (training area) for the first time prior to the beginning of a training session. The first to notice the instructor on the floor will call the students to attention and give the command to bow. Students will stand at the position of attention until given further instruction.
Come to attention and bow when approaching or when approached by a senior rank student or black belt. It is a sign of respect to address a senior member or black belt as "sir" or "ma'am" when speaking to them.
The Do Jong
The Do Jong is the Korean term for the training area. When entering the Do Jong, always remove your shoes. This is for both practical and traditional purposes. The symbolism of learving your shoes at the door represents the students' and instructor's ability to leave their problems at the door, in their shoes. Tae Kwon Do is practiced in bare feet for several reasons. To promote balance and coordination, to help prevent injury, to keep the training area clean, and to condition and strengthen the feet and ankles.
Anywhere in uniform, students should always maintain proper posture; never lean against a wall, whether seated or standing. When in uniform, never sit any place except on the floor, unless directed otherwise by the instructor in charge.
Keep these simple guidelines in mind when entering any Do Jong:
Appearance and Uniform Code
The American Chung Do Kwan Limited uniform is a symbol of this association. When a member wears the uniform, they are representing the ACDKLtd., Tae Kwon Do, and their instructor. Therefore, there are times when wearing the uniform is required and there are circumstances when wearing it is inappropriate and prohibited.
The formal training uniform may be worn in the following circumstances:
The formal training uniform may not be worn:
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