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Dojang Etiquette

Starting Martial Arts for the first time can be a little confusing for many beginner students. There is a very unique and specific etiquette that is followed in dojangs around the world, and at Total Taekwondo

In the past, these customs were never written down but simply learnt from observing the other students in the class. However, at the request of some students - Here is a short guide to what you need to know about the do’s and do not’s at Total Taekwondo.


Wear the correct uniform. All of our programs have a uniform that students are required to wear. Ensure your uniform is clean and neat before coming to class. Remove any jewellery that you may have on as this could be a hazard for yourself or others.

Bow at the entrance of the dojo. It is tradition to pay respect to the place you are about to train in by bowing at the front door. After this, place your bag down somewhere out of the way, put your phone on silent and prepare for training. Do not interrupt the previous class by talking loudly before your class, if you want to catch up with your classmates, you are welcome to go outside until your class begins.


Give 100% Effort at all times. No excuses. Everyone has bad days but coming to class is your chance to leave that behind and join others who have come to train hard and improve themselves with Martial Arts.


Avoid interrupting the next class. Please remain quiet as you pack your things, again if you would like to chat with your classmates or ask your instructors a question after training, move away from the next class.

Adhere to the 5 Tenants of Taekwondo On and Off the mat!


Courtesy, or 예의 in Korean Hangul (pronounced ye-wee), refers to showing courtesy to all others in the dojang (training area or school) as well as people you may meet outside of formal Taekwondo training. Included in this tenet is observing correct etiquette and manners at all times.


Integrity, or 염치 in Korean Hangul (pronounced yom-chee), includes not only the general definition of integrity where one is not only able to determine the difference between right and wrong but also being able to stand up for what is ethically correct. Being honest and having strong moral principles is paramount and working hard to be beyond corruption are important aspects of the tenet of integrity.


Perseverance, or 인내 in Korean Hangul (pronounced een-nay), simply refers to the willingness of the Taekwondo student to continue to struggle against all odds to reach their goal. This applies to their Taekwondo training as well as other aspects of their lives.

Self Control

Self control, or 극기 in Korean Hangul (pronounced gook-gee), means to have control over your thoughts as well as your actions. Maintaining a pure mind as well as a pure body by keeping your emotions in check, particularly in difficult or trying circumstances.

Indomitable Spirit

Indomitable spirit, or 백절불굴 in Korean Hangul (pronounced beckjool boolgool), is difficult to define but generally refers to having the courage to stand up for your beliefs and to stay strong in those beliefs and convictions no matter what the odds against you may be. It also refers to consistently exhibiting a full 100% effort in all that you do inside the dojang (training area) and in life.

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