The Kuk Sool Won Dojang or training hall is a place which bears many rules and guidelines in order to make it easier for us to train, to improve yourselves and others as Kuk Sool Won practitioners, to allow us to show respect to the Dojang, and much more. These guidelines are as follows.
Please try to arrive 5 -10 minutes before your class starts
This ensures you have time to shake the black belts’ hands, prepare yourself for your class and possibly stretch if necessary. It is greatly appreciated if black belts arrive earlier than this in order to assist with earlier classes.
Bow upon entering / leaving the training area (Dojang)
You should bow to both the flags and the highest ranking black belt in the Dojang at the time of your entrance/exit to show respect.
As a mark of respect always bow and greet your Instructors
This again shows your respect to your Instructors. If possible, shake their hand and say hello but if they are already occupied in any way it would be disrespectful to interrupt them so you should simply bow to them.
Address Instructors by their correct title
Once again this shows respect to instructors and recognises their rank and the time and effort which they have devoted to reach this rank. It is especially important to address the different ranking masters by their correct title as there is a huge difference between, for example, a fifth degree master and a ninth degree master.
For reference, here are the rank titles from black belt candidate upward:
|Brown-Black Belt||Dahn Bo Nim||Black Belt Candidate|
|First Degree Black Belt||Jo Kyo Nim||Instructor in Training|
|Second Degree Black Belt||Kyo Sa Nim||Assistant Instructor|
|Third Degree Black Belt||Pu Sa Bum Nim||Deputy Instructor|
|Fourth Degree Black Belt||Sa Bum Nim||Instructor|
|Fifth Degree Master||Pyung Kwahn Jahng Nim||Master|
|Sixth Degree Master||Joo Im Kwahn Jahng Nim||Head Master|
|Seventh Degree Master||Ji Do Kwahn Jahng Nim||Senior Master|
|Eighth Degree Master||Suhn Im Kwahn Jahng Nim||Executive Master|
|Ninth Degree Master||Su Suhk Kwahn Jahng Nim||Senior Executive Master|
|Tenth Degree Master||Chong Kwahn Jahng Nim||International Chiefmaster|
|Grand Master||Kuk Sa Nim||National Teacher, a title bestowed by the Korean Government.|
If you do not know the rank of someone, don’t be afraid to ask however if you are unable to, use “Sir” or “Ma’am”.
Quietly prepare for class - never disturb the class in session
This shows respect to other practitioners by allowing them to practise distraction-free, keeping concentration and focus. It also shows respect to the instructor of the class who has spent time planning the class and would like it to ideally proceed without interference.
Remove all jewellery before practising
This ensures that it cannot get caught on anything and hence prevents any jewellery related injuries. It also ensures that none of your jewellery is lost or damaged.
Make sure your uniform is clean and odour free
This shows that you take pride in yourself and coming to Kuk Sool and shows respect for yourself and those training around you. By ensuring that your uniform is clean you are also helping maintain the high standards and reputation which our Kuk Sool school has built up over the past thirty years.
Learn to tie your belt correctly
A correctly tied belt is part of our uniform and by tying your belt correctly you are showing that you are able to follow instructions and present yourself correctly in order to comply with our unified look.
No chewing gum or eating in class
Not only does this prevent any mess being left in the Dojang but it also prevents anyone from choking whilst training.
Do not bring fizzy or sweetened drinks into the Dojang
It is recommended that you only drink water when training as this is both healthy and the most effective source of hydration, especially during physical exercise.
Always wear a black T-Shirt under your uniform
Again this is to ensure that you comply with our uniform look.
Make sure your uniform has WKSA badges ASAP
The WKSA badges are not included with the uniform as it comes so must be purchased separately and sewed onto your uniform. These are required in order to participate in any official WKSA event such as tournaments so should be purchased as soon as possible.
Here is a diagram to help you with the placement of your WKSA badges.
Always introduce yourself to new beginners
This act of common courtesy is to make beginners feel welcome into our Kuk Sool Won family and to allow them to become familiar with all of their new classmates, instructors and black belts.
Introduce your guests to the head instructor
It is polite to do this both so that the head instructor knows who is in their Dojang and any guests are familiar with those in the Dojang.
Enter your class with energy and enthusiasm
By doing this you are allowing the class to benefit you more and you’re also cooperating with the instructor who has put in effort to planning a class and would like you to participate with energy and enthusiasm in order to make their class plan work properly.
Respect your fellow classmates when practising
By showing respect towards your fellow classmates, you are participating in the creation of a positive atmosphere in the Dojang and you are allowing others to progress and train without disruption.
Try to attend class on a regular consistent basis
This is a requirement in order to reach your next belt rank (Be it a coloured belt or a black belt). By attending on a regular consistent basis you are allowing yourself to progress and you are respecting your training partner who is able to work with you regularly and consistently if you attend every class.
Inform the school if you are going to be absent or are ill
This shows respect to your instructor, allowing them to have an idea of how many people will be attending their class so they can make any adjustments to their plan if necessary. It also allows instructors to know that there is a valid reason that you’re not able to attend and you aren’t skipping classes on purpose, which would affect your ability and eligibility to progress to your next belt rank.
If you have any problems speak to the highest Instructor available.