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Yea Eue - Etiquette and Respect

According to the national handbook of the UKSF correct etiquette during SulKiDo sessions is defined as follows.

The italicised items are a local (Oxford) commentary on these rules.


1. Entering and Leaving the DoJang

Upon entering:

  1. Step to the right or left of the door, face the flags and stand to attention (arms by sides, fists clenched).
  2. Raise right hand (palm open) on heart.
  3. Turn and face club emblem, stand to attention and bow.
  4. Turn and face Instructor, stand to attention and bow.
Members arriving after the beginning of a session should still do the above. They should then request permission to join the class - which may be refused.

Leaving During a Practise Session:

  1. Ask the Instructor's permission.
  2. Upon leaving dojang bow to Instructor.
  3. Upon entering dojang bow to Instructor.

Permission to leave will never be refused, however it may not be possible to re-enter a session afterwards.

Leaving at the End of Practise Session:

  1. Turn and face Instructor, stand to attention and bow.
  2. Turn and face club emblem, stand to attention and bow.
  3. Raise right hand (palm open) on heart.
  4. Step to the right or left of the door, face the flags and stand to attention (arms by sides, fists clenched).

2. When Practising with a Partner

Causing gratuitous pain or deliberate injury is the fastest way to get expelled from the club. We do not refund membership fees in such a case, nor is the action taken limited to expulsion.

3. Respect to Instructor

3a. Instructor Entering Dojang.

When an instructor enters the Dojang, the highest graded student present will shout "Chaliot", whereupon all the students will stand facing the instructor. The students next command will depend on who has entered the Dojang:
  1. 1st, 2nd or 3rd Dan Instructor: "Sa Buem Nim Kae Kyung Lyae".
  2. 4th Dan or abouve Master Instructor: "Kwan Jang Nim Kae Kyung Lyae"
  3. The President/Chief Master Instructor: "Chong Jae Nim Kae Kyung Lyae"
The student will then shout "Baro".

3b. Addressing an Instructor

  1. Before addressing an Instructor, stand to attention, bow, and address him by his title. e.g. Sa Buem Nim/Kwan Jae Nim/Chong Jae Nim, and then ask your question. What the conversation has finished, bow once again.
  2. When practising alone or with a partner and the Instructor comes up and wishes to explain or demonstrate something, before speaking stand to attention, bow, and then again when the Instructor has finished.

3c. Questions You Should Not Ask

  1. When you have understood, and can properly carry out a technique, your Instructor will teach you the next technique. Do not ask your Instructor to teach you a new technique before he is satisfied your know the one he has previously taught you.
  2. Once the Instructor is satisfied that your understand, and can properly carry out, all the techniques for your next grading, he will put your name forward for that grading. Do not attempt to persuade your Instructor that YOU think you are ready for a grading.

4. Conclusion

It may not be easy for the beginning student to sympathise with the need for these general rules of etiquette and respect, but with continued practise and perseverance an understanding of the Martial Art Code will develop.

Although the Oxford club runs fairly informally on a day-to-day basis, the procedures described here must be strictly observed during visits to Oxford by external instructors or if a member of the Oxford club visits another SulKiDo dojang.

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