Kirsch’s Hapkido Academy
Student Rules

Bow as you enter and leave the front door of the training hall. The purpose of bowing is to show your respect for your place of learning. If you arrive during a class in progress, bow in and line up at the end of the last row. The instructor will assume that you have a valid reason for being late. Do not leave class without your instructor's permission and always bow out.

Never correct an instructor. If you have been told more than one way to perform a technique, consider yourself lucky. All students must be courteous and obey ranking belts. Always turn away from higher-ranking belts when straightening your dobok. Ranking belts are expected to be role models for lower belts.

The following are prohibited in the dojang: smoking, intoxication, chewing gum, loud laughter, obscene language, horseplay, arguing, or lounging. Students are to project a positive image at all times.

Always wear a clean black dobok in class, and NO jewelry except for a flat wedding band. Never wash your belt. Holes or tears in doboks must be repaired ASAP. Never wear your dobok to and from class except for outdoor classes. Never wear shoes in the training area except when given permission. Women are required to wear a sports bra and/or T-shirt beneath the dobok top. Doboks are not to be pinned for safety reasons.

Fingernails and toenails must be clean and trimmed. Practice good hygiene at all times. Long hair must be kept away from the face with a simple (and safe) band or clasp that holds the hair securely. Students who have open cuts or abrasions must wear protective dressings over the area.

Do not demonstrate or teach techniques outside of the school without permission from your instructor. Practice of all techniques is done under the supervision of the ranking black belts and with the proper safety equipment.

Never say anything negative about other martial arts or schools; all martial arts lead you to the same destination.

Should any student experience excessive force from another student (regardless of rank) during the practice of techniques, (1) inform the person that the technique is excessive, (2) should the excessive force continue, excuse yourself, and speak to the head instructor. Do not engage in a show of force. It is difficult to train with injuries. Training partners are not opponents. Report all injuries, no matter how slight, to the instructors.

THESE RULES ARE FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL STUDENTS. VIOLATIONS CAN LEAD TO BELT DEMOTION, SUSPENSION, OR PERMANENT DISMISSAL FROM THE SCHOOL.