RULES & REGULATIONS

01. Observe and promote the true spirit and code of martial arts: Honor - Spirit - Integrity

02. Association Tradition: As you advance in knowledge and rank, help those below you in knowledge and rank.

03. All lower ranks shall obey all higher ranks, and higher ranks shall not abuse or take advantage of their rank or authority.

04. Observe and obey all instructions, signs, and notices.

05. Be on time for classes, tournaments, meetings, etc..

06. Only necessary conversation is permitted during practice sessions.

07. The do jang (gym/studio) is a place for serious study. Use only prescribed techniques.

08. Smoking will not be allowed in or near workout areas.

09. Any potentially dangerous objects will not be allowed in any workout area.

10. The do bok (uniform) shall be kept clean, and be worn during all classes, practice periods, and tournaments.

11. No certain instructor is promised or guaranteed. The School’s and Association’s reputation for attaining results will be maintained.

12. The qualifications of the Reviewing Board of Directors is granted by the President of the National Tae Kwon Do Association.

13. In consideration for my acceptance as a student of the National Tae Kwon Do Association, I pledge never to teach or instruct any technique, system, or method of self-defense or hand-to-hand combat as practiced or taught at the National Tae Kwon Do Association without the permission and consent of the President and/or Directors of the National Tae Kwon Do Association.

14. I pledge to take care, at all times to avoid injury to myself and to fellow students.

15. I pledge never to use the knowledge gained at the National Tae Kwon Do Association, except in self-defense, or to protect the honor and well-being of myself, my family, or my country.

16. I will not do anything to disgrace the honor of the Madison Tae Kwon Do School, or the club, or the honor of the Association.

17. I am in good health or have medical approval to engage in self-defense or the martial arts. I further assume all risks that are apart of and incidental to this training program. I have read, understand, and will comply with the foregoing rules, regulations, and pledges in studying and teaching the martial arts.

18. All students must join the National Tae Kwon Do Association at the time they received their first rank. An annual membership fee is required for all members.

19. I understand that my membership cannot be canceled except by the approval of the Reviewing Board of Directors of the National Tae Kwon Do Association.

20. Violation or misuse of the National Tae Kwon Do Association rules and regulations will result in a penalty fine of $10,000 or more, in accordance with Association law.

The Association will take away from any member acting against association rules your rank, or your degree, and your membership will be canceled.


GENERAL RULES FOR CLASS


01. Upon entering the do jang: Students either in a do bok or street clothes shall salute the flags and bow to the instructor on the floor as soon as they enter the do jang. This will be done without exception. Students do not have to wait for the instructor to acknowledge the bow if the instructor is busy.

02. Starting class: A.) Students will line up according to rank and seniority. The highest ranking member present will be on the right. B.) The instructor will take a position in front of the class. C.) The highest ranking member in the class will call the commands: 1- Turn to salute the flags, 2- Turn to bow to the instructor, 3- Meditation.

03. During class: Proper respect and discipline shall be maintained at all times and the Tae Kwon Do ritual should be followed in a uniform manner. A.) When a student comes to class late s/he should wait until s/he is recognized by the instructor, then approach him or her, bow, and get permission to join the class. B.) When a student must leave the do jang during training, s/he should first receive permission from the instructor. C.) If a student has to ask the instructor anything, s/he must first approach a senior member to gain permission. A chain of command should be instituted and not breached for any reason. A member should never approach an instructor directly.

04. Dismissing class: A.) Students should line up by seniority and rank, the highest to the right. B.) The instructor should be center up front. C.) The highest ranking member will call commands: 1- Turn to straighten do boks, 2- Turn to salute the flags, 3- Turn to bow to the instructor, 4- Meditation.

05. There should be an absence of unnecessary noise in the do jang. Students should remain silent, especially during forms and free-fighting. A.) Students observing should remain still as not to disturb those on the floor. B.) Students and spectators should be prohibited from chewing gum or smoking in the do jang. C.) Students and instructors should use Korean terminology of Tae Kwon Do at all times.

06. Salutation: Much importance should be attached to salutation. It is an integral part of Taw Kwon Do. While training, one should esteem and pat respect to one’s instructor, senior members, and opponents. One should not lose prudence self-control, patience, or composition. Before and after exercises or contests, the participants should turn around, adjust their do bok, and make a correct salutation to their opponent or instructor.

07. Seating: While seated on the floor, members should keep a proper posture conducive to health. Hands should be placed on the knees, the back should be straight, and the legs should be crossed in front with the feet tucked beneath the thighs.

08. During practice, members should observe decorum and orderliness. The do jang should always be kept clear, in order, and well ventilated.

09. Do bok: Members should exercise care to keep their do boks clean and pressed at all times. It is important to give a good impression of our art, and a neat appearance is important in this respect. A high degree of cleanliness should also be maintained among members. Members should take care to pay respect to their bodies and keep themselves clean. Fingernails and toenails should be clipped and kept short to prevent injury while fighting.

10. Warming up exercises should be practiced by members prior to training to prepare the body and mind. An unprepared body could be strained under the rigorous Tae Kwon Do exercises. When training is terminated, students should relax themselves with a series of exercises that help them return to a calm and normal state.

11. Basic actions: In order to promote improvement in skill, one must learn the basic actions and practice them constantly until they are perfected. Concentration and work must also be expended, by students, to master the various forms in order to promote themselves. Through forms and basic actions, precise and accurate techniques will result. It should be remembered that all Tae Kwon Do techniques depend on basic actions and forms. Learn them properly and apply then in your free-fighting.

12. It should be kept in mind that Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art which is the most superior of its kind. Students should take pride in using the name “Tae Kwon Do” and avoid using the Japanese term of “Karate.” Japanese terminology should be avoided at all times since it is a contradiction of the spirit of Tae Kwon Do.


PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS


I. QUALIFICATIONS OF EXAMINERS

1. Minimum rank of Sixth Dan required to give promotional exams to students ranking below purple belt.
2. Minimum of two instructors, Sixth Dan or above must be present to give exams.
3. Seventh Dan can give exams to First Kup (Brown belt).
4. After First Kup, only the National Tae Kwon Do Association can give exams.


II. EXAMINATION COMMITTEE

1. The President of the National Tae Kwon Do Association and four Masters with the rank of Seventh Dan or above from the National Tae Kwon Do Association must be present for all exams above first Kup.
2. In the President’s absence, a Board of Directors consisting of five Masters ranking Seventh Dan would be sufficient to give the exam.


III. QUALIFICATIONS FOR BLACK BELT EXAM

1. PHYSICAL

A. Must have studied for three or more years and have attained rank of first Kup brown belt at least six months prior to the black belt exam.
B. Must have recommendations of two other black belts.
C. Must have participated at least eight times in Association approved championships.
D. Must have accumulated 20 or more points:

Half point for home demonstrations
One point for out-of-town demonstrations
One point for within-state championships
Two points for out-of-state championships

E. Must present 20-point certificate when taking promotional exams.
F. Must assist class a minimum of two hours per week.
G. Must continue to attend class at least three times weekly until the next promotional exam period is over.
H. If any of the above requirements are not met, the student must retake the entire physical promotional exam.

2. WRITTEN

A. A written thesis including three copies on a subject suggested by the student’s instructor must be submitted within 90 days from the date of the exam.
B. After passing the required physical exam, the student must attend
regular classes at least three times weekly.
C. The student must submit four recommendation letters to the Exam Committee stating he meets performance and personal character requirements. Two must be from fellow black belts students, and two must be from Masters within the National Tae Kwon Do Association.
D. The student must have a favorable result from the fellow student evaluation checklist.

IV. QUALIFICATIONS FROM FIRST DAN TO SECOND DAN

1. Must be at least three years from time attained First Dan.
2. Must practice a minimum of four hours per week.
3. Must assist class a minimum of twice per week.

V. QUALIFICATIONS FROM SECOND DAN TO THIRD DAN

1. Must have an additional four to five years of study.
2. Must practice a minimum of four hours per week.
3. Must assist class a minimum of twice per week.

VI. QUALIFICATIONS FROM THIRD DAN TO FOURTH DAN

1. Must have an additional six to seven years of study.
2. Must practice a minimum of four hours per week.
3. Must assist class a minimum of twice per week.

VII. QUALIFICATIONS FROM FORTH DAN TO FIFTH DAN

1. Must have an additional seven to eight years of study.
2. Must practice a minimum of four hours per week.
3. Must assist class a minimum of twice per week.

VIII. QUALIFICATIONS FROM FIFTH DAN TO SIXTH DAN

1. Must have an additional eight to nine years of study.
2. Must practice a minimum of four hours per week.
3. Must assist class a minimum of twice per week.

IX. QUALIFICATIONS FROM SIXTH DAN TO SEVENTH DAN

1. Must have an additional 10 - 11 years of study.
2. Must practice a minimum of four hours per week.
3. Must assist class a minimum of twice per week.

X. QUALIFICATIONS FROM SEVENTH DAN TO EITH DAN

1. Must have an additional 11 - 12 years of study.
2. Must practice a minimum of four hours per week.
3. Must assist class a minimum of twice per week.

Exceptions to all the above in cases of outstanding performance and excellent instruction. Also, exceptions are allowed if awarded Best Instructor of the National Tae Kwon Do Association for more than three years.

XI. ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EXAMINATION RESULTS

If a written thesis has been turned in and approved and the physical exam has been passed, the student will received his or her black belt certificate within six months to one year. If either physical or written exam is failed, that part must be retaken and passed to receive the black belt.

XII. DISQUALIFICATION OF DEGREE

1. Any student ranking below First Dan who has not practiced for more than 15 months is automatically disqualified. If a student begins classes again, s/he must retest to maintain his or her rank.
2. First Dan - Automatically disqualified if no practice has taken place within a two year period.
3. Second Dan - Automatically disqualified if no practice has taken place within a three year period.
4. Third Dan - Automatically disqualified if no practice has taken place within a four year period.
5. Above rule maintained with exception of those physically unable to practice, as long as they ask permission of the National Tae Kwon Do Association to be excused.
6. To maintain degree and good standing in the Association, annual fees or Association dues must be paid.
7. Violation or misuse of the National Tae Kwon Do Association rules and regulations will result in a penalty fine of $10,000 or more, in accordance with Association law.
8. Any student ranking below Third Dan must have his or her Black Belt certificate renewed annually.

NATIONAL TAE KWON DO ASSOCIATION CLUBS

I. PERMISSION TO ESTABLISH TAE KWON DO ASSOCIATION CLUBS

1. Permission to establish a club is granted by the local headmaster, in turn through permission by the National Tae Kwon Do Association Board of Directors.
2. Headmasters granting permission must rank Seventh Dan or above.
3. Local headmasters will supervise all club activities and maintain proper teaching methods.
4. Club rules and regulations as the same as the Association’s.

II. CLUB EXAMINATIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Exams given in the Tae Kwon Do clubs are by the supervising headmaster.

III. REQUIREMENTS OF LOCAL CLUB INSTRUCTORS

1. Must hold a First Dan or have approval of the local supervising headmaster.
2. Must be a student of the supervising headmaster.
3. Must be and stay in good standing with the National Tae Kwon Do Association.

TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS

I. ENTERING TOURNAMENT COMPETITION

1. The following is to be fully understood and agreed upon by students entering Association competition and tournaments:
A. I herby voluntarily submit my application for attendance and participation in the Tae Kwon Do tournament of championship, sponsored by the National Tae Kwon Do Association and directed by its affiliated member schools and/or clubs, and I do hereby assume full responsibility for any and all damages, injuries, or losses that I may sustain or incur, if any, while attending or participating and I herby waive all claims against the promoter, operators, or sponsors of said Tae Kwon Do tournament and/or championship individually or otherwise, for any claim for injuries I sustain.
B. I fully understand that any medical treatment given to me will be first aid only.
C. I agree that any performance or attendance at the competition or both may be filmed or otherwise recorded or telecast live, and I consent to the use by the National Tae Kwon Do Association member schools and/or clubs of my name, likeness, voice, poses, pictures, and biographical date concerning me, fully or in part, an din any form or language with or without other material, throughout the world without limitation, for television, radio, internet, print, and/or theatrical motion pictures and devices now known or thereafter devised, and I waive any compensation therefore.
2. Any and all members of the National Tae Kwon Do Association can enter competitive events sponsored by the Association.
3. Members of the National Tae Kwon Do Association cannot enter competitive events sponsored by other organizations unless permission is granted.

II. COMPETITOR’S PLEDGE

Our primary purpose for competition is not to win but to establish better friendships, to develop sound minds and bodies. We competitors pledge that we will have clean games based on the spirit of Martial arts. We competitors will obey the regulations and the referee’s command.

III. RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. The time limit of the match is as follows:

A. 1:30 minutes for eliminations (decision by votes)
B. 2:00 minutes for finalists (extension 1:00 minute)

2. Composition of the tournament officials for a game is as follows:

A. One Tournament Controller
B. Two Jury members
C. One Referee
D. Four Judges

3. Any official who finds his own students competing, should request another official to take his or her place for the match.

4. The tournament director will make the change of officials if necessary.

IV. POINTS MAY BE GAINED THIS WAY:

1. A kick is allowed to the front and side, above the belt, and under the neck.
2. Fist and Soo Do allowed to the front and side of the body, above the belt, and under the neck.
3. Any good point must have good posture, destructive power, and be controlled.
4. Combination attacks using feet and hands will be counted as one point, if there is a strong control and attack with proper posture.
5. A front and back sweep combination is allowed if there is a successful delivery against the opponent with hand or kick.

V. POINTS MAY BE LOST THIS WAY:

1. Any contact on the face or head.
2. An attack when the opponent is down.
3. A long hold followed by a throw.
4. Leaving the ring three times followed by one referee warning.

VI. IN THE FOLLOWING CASES YOU MAY BE DISQUALIFIED:

1. A kick or blow that injures the opponent.
2. When you do not obey the referee.
3. When you attack the opponent intentionally to injure him or her.

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