Dojang Etiquette

These rules must be adhered to at all times.  This dojang follows the traditional rules of proper conduct. It is the responsibility of each student to act appropriately and to honour those teachings.

  • It is the responsibility of each student to cooperate in creating a positive atmosphere of harmony and respect.

  • Cleaning is an act of thanksgiving. It is each student's responsibility to assist in cleaning the dojang and to cleanse his or her own mind and heart.

  • You cannot buy technique. Training fees provide a place for training and a way in which to show gratitude for the teaching received. It is each student's responsibility to pay fees on time.

  • Respect your Instructor and their teachings as succeeded and delivered. Respect the dojang, respect your training tools and respect each other.

  • It is the responsibility of Instructors to treat all students with patience, tolerance and respect.  Instructors must consider the safety of students at all times.

Rules of Training
  • It is necessary to respect the way in which the instructor of the class directs the training. Receive instruction and carry out suggestions for training sincerely and to the best of your ability. There is no room for argument on the mat.

  • It is the moral responsibility of each student never to use Hapkido technique to harm another person or as a way to display his or her ego. It is a tool to develop a better society through the character development of the individual.

  • There will be no conflicts of ego on the mat. Hapkido is not a fighting art. You are on the mat to train and purify your aggressive reactions and embody the spirit of the samurai by discovering your social responsibility.

  • There will be no competition on the mat. The purpose of Hapkido is not to fight and defeat an enemy, but to fight and defeat your own aggressive instincts.

  • The strength of Hapkido is not in muscular force, but in flexibility, timing, control and modesty. Be aware of your limitations.

  • Everyone has different physical abilities and reasons for study. These must be respected. True Hapkido is the proper and flexible application of technique appropriate to any changing situation. It is your responsibility to cause no injury to your training partner or yourself.

  • There will be no power struggles within the dojang. The dojang membership is one family and the secret of Hapkido is harmony.

  • Never teach or demonstrate Hapkido outside of organised classes.  You will seriously injure someone.  Invite anyone interested in class to the school.  Never enter any type of competition.  Never ask nor challenge other students or your instructor.  Hapkido is about respect, not competition.

  • Never pursue your training so intensely as to injure yourself or others.  Full speed attacks and throws are never performed without an instructor’s supervision.  Never attempt to practice techniques that you have never been taught.  Notify your Instructor if you become overly fatigued, injured or are having sharp pains.  It is your body’s natural self defence, pay attention to it.  You can cause more injury to yourself.

Remember, there are reasons for these rules.  They are to benefit all Hapkido students.  Violation can lead to belt demotion, suspension or permanent expulsion from the school.  What you are studying is something very special.  Keep this in mind and always use your Hapkido manners when greeting other Hapkido family members outside the school as well.