Class Procedures

Your first taekwondo class is exciting but new starters often feel uneasy walking into a new place. How should I tie my belt? Should you bow? Who to? How?

Newcomers are welcome. We are glad that you have decided to investigate Power with Purpose and learn how you can benefit from Taekwondo training. You don’t need any previous experience nor will you be expected to know anything. At your our first class you will be partnered with another student to help show you the way.  To put you at ease in our Taekwondo classes, here is some information about our class oath, how to tie your belt and how to bow correctly.

Before you start Class

It’s important for the safety of yourself and fellow students that our taekwondo community all respects our class procedures. Before coming to class please make sure:

  • You remove jewellery, watches, rings and necklaces
  • You wash your hands before and after class
  • Your finger and toenails are short to protect fellow students from cuts and the equipment from damage
  • Your hair is tied back neatly
  • Your Do-bok is clean and tidy
  • You bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated

Class Oath

At the end of every class, our class will recite the Power with Purpose class oath. Students will face the front of the hall, stand at attention as they recite the oath:

  1. Taekwondo training requires high mental and physical standards.
  2. We must be respectful, courteous and just at all times.
  3. We must observe class rules and develop strong unity through mutual aid.

How to Tie Your Coloured Belt


How to Tie Your Striped Belt


How to Tie Your Black Belt


How to Bow Correctly in Taekwondo and Why

Bowing in any martial art is a sign of respect and should be a sincere slow bow. It is sometimes more disrespectful to bow incorrectly than to not bow at all as this is a sign that you do not understand the reason behind the gesture.

Things to remember when bowing:

  • Bow from attention position with your feet touching.
  • Bow 45 degrees from your waist slowly.
  • Never bow while you are moving. Always stop and stand in attention position.

When you bow to someone you are making a public gesture that you respect them as a person in the martial arts and what they stand for. Half-hearted bows or a simple nod of the head don’t symbolically mean anything it is a lack of etiquette if anything.

Bowing, especially for adults, is also a very humbling experience. To acknowledge that someone else, irrespective of age, has more experience and knowledge than you can sometimes be quite difficult to grasp. Also bowing when you enter and leave the Dojang is not for anyone else but you. This simple action reminds you that you are there to listen to the advice of the instructor and approach learning with an empty cup.

Always remember that a bow is a physical gesture of your inner self. If you do not respect someone for a valid reason do not bow. Bear in mind that you do not have to like a person to respect them in the martial arts. To like someone is only an added bonus.

When to bow:

  • When greeting your instructor, whether inside the Dojang or not.
  • When wanting advice or help from your instructor or a higher grade.
  • When entering and leaving the Dojang.
  • When your instructor has given you advice whether individually or as a class.
  • Before and after working with a training partner.

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