BTSD-Specific Protocol and Procedures

BTSD Specific Protocol & Procedures

Portions of this information is adapted from the World Tang Soo Do Association Gup manual's rules of protocol.

Additional Reading: 21st Century Communication Protocol for the 18th Century Person

In The Dojang.

  • Do not disturb any other organizations that may be sharing either the room or the building.
  • Arrive at least fifteen minutes before the class is scheduled to start.
  • Everyone should be prepared and ready to enter the dojang at least 5 minutes prior to starting.
  • Salute the flags when entering and upon leaving afterwards.
  • Wear a clean, white uniform with no marking except the indication of your school and Tang Soo Do rank.
  • Use water only to wash your mouth out during training.
  • Students and instructors should use Tang Soo Do terminology at all times.
  • Observe the rules and codes of Tang Soo Do to the best of your ability.
  • Avoid taking part in loud or controversial activities. Students should remain silent, especially during Hyungs and Dae Ryun.
  • Warm up prior to class.
  • Do not chew gum, tobacco, or smoke in class.
  • All students will help prepare the dojang for the training session. This includes sweeping the floors, scrubbing the floors, hanging the flags, setting out the targets, and any other preparation that is required.
  • Students should notify their instructor in advance of any absence or injury.
  • Avoid activities that may be seen as intimidating or frightening to junior ranks and those people whom are not part of the club. This includes weapon training, sparring, etc.

During The Class.
Proper respect and discipline shall be maintained at all times and Tang Soo Do ritual should be followed in a uniform manner. When the chief instructor of the school or a high ranking guest enters the Dojang, the instructor on the floor or highest ranking member in the class should call the class to attention and have the class bow. After respect has been paid, the class should return to training immediately. When a student comes into class late, he should wait until he is recognized by the instructor, bow and gain permission to join the class. If a student has to ask the instructor anything, he must first approach a senior member to gain permission. A chain of command should be instituted and not breached for any reason.
Questions may be brought to the attention of the instructor with a raised hand. When called upon, the student with the question must come to attention, bow to the instructor, and clearly ask their question. When the question has been answered, the student will once again bow to the instructor, thank him/her, and return to their original position.
Students are expected to maintain a high quality of training both during and outside of class. Students should not lean on the walls, sit on the tables, or conduct themselves in any manner that may be seen as either lazy or unimportant. Every student is expected to teach their every action, movement, technique, response, etc. as though the quality of their life is on the line.
If a student must leave the class early for any reason, s/he is required to inform the instructor before class begins. The instructor will grant permission and remind the student to raise the issue again at the appropriate time. The instructor will attempt to accommodate the student in the least disruptive and best suited manner.
Students who require a reprieve from training due to injury, fatigue, etc. may raise their hand and ask the instructor for permission to rest. If the student feels as though they must leave immediately should do so and not disrupt the class. No student is allowed to exit class without instructor permission. Any student who excuses themselves and then leaves the room will be followed shortly thereafter by another student to check on their well being. This student will be sent by the instructor and this role should not be assumed by anyone.

Much importance should be attached to the salutation which is an integral part of training in Tang Soo Do. Each member should bow to his instructor, to senior members, and also to his opponents. He should not lose self-control, prudence, or composure. Before and after exercise or contest, the participants should turn around adjusting their uniform, return and then bow to the opponent or instructor and wait in Choon Bee Jaseh (ready stance). 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. During practice, members should observe proper protocol and orderliness.
The class will be called to attention and salute the senior ranks when leaving and entering the dojang. Students should enter the dojang in order of junior to senior rank and then exit in the opposite manner.

Members should exercise care in keeping their Dobahk clean and pressed at all times. It is important to give a good impression of our art. A neat appearance is important in this respect. A high degree of cleanliness should always 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. All Dobahks will be folded neatly and properly upon entering and leaving the Dojang.
When walking through RPAC prior and post class, all students should remove their belts and place them around their neck. This is to indicate non-combat to the other clubs which are in session. For safety and sanitary reasons, all students should also wear appropriate footwear to and from class. All Tang Soo Do practitioners will exercise Humility and should not attempt to intimidate or disturb other Arts or classes.
There is a first quarter special offered to all new students at Buckeye Tang Soo Do which includes quarterly dues, a new Dobahk, patches, silk screening, and WTSDA membership for $70.00.

Warm Up.
Warm up exercises should be practiced by members prior to training in order to prepare their bodies and minds. An unprepared body could be strained under the rigorous Tang Soo Do exercises. When training is terminated, students should relax themselves with a series of exercises to help them return to a calm and normal state.
All students are encouraged to schedule time before the official start of class to properly prepare and warm up. The instructors will allot a designated time to help prevent injuries, but students should be aware that in the street, there is no warm up and stretching time.
At the completion of warm ups, if a student feels as though they are not physically ready to begin class, then they may ask the instructor to continue the workout for a while longer. This will be done at the instructor's discretion.

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 Hyungs and basic actions, precise and accurate techniques will result. It should be remembered all Tang Soo Do techniques depend on basic actions and Hyungs. Learn them properly and apply them in your Dae Ryun, free fighting.

Members of Buckeye Tang Soo Do are expected to treat every action, no matter how minor, with the utmost importance. A student should weigh every option, scenario, and opportunity with equality. At no time should a student forget anything :).

Upon Entering the Dojang.
Students entering, in either Dobahk or street clothes, should salute the flags and bow to the instructor on the floor as soon as they enter the Dojang. This will be done without exception. The student does not have to wait for the instructor to acknowledge the bow if the instructor is preoccupied.
You should remove your shoes prior to entering. This will maintain cleanliness, hygiene, and show your respect to the instructors and seniors.

Starting Class.
Students will line up according to rank and seniority. The higher ranking members will be on the right. The instructor will take a position in the front center of the class. The highest ranking member in the class will call the commands to start and end class. The class will follow a traditional bow-in and bow-out at the beginning and end of each event. Silence is expected from those not conducting.
Upon completing the bow-in, the class will recite the Tang Soo Do Seven Tenets and will recite the Tang Soo Do Five Codes after bow-out. These are listed in the WTSDA Gup manuals which every student is given when they join the World Tang Soo Do Association.

Testings are formal events. Dan members and Cho Dan Bos are to arrive in dress blues and are expected to aid in setup, conducting, cleanup, or any other aspect that needs attending to. Non-testing Gup members are expected to volunteer their services to help the test move smoothly. Any member, no matter of rank, may be expected to hold wood for breaking or perform other duties that the testing panel deems necessary.

Testings are when a student shows what they have learned and proves to the testing board that they have earned the next rank. These are important moments in the history of Tang Soo Do, because you do not represent yourself; You represent your instructor and his/her ability.

The time, location, fees, and participants at Buckeye Tang Soo Do are determined solely by the Chief Instructor.
Recommendations in preparation for this event include: arrive early and properly warm-up and stretch, eat a light breakfast, drink plenty of water the evening prior, wash your dobahk, remember your belt, and complete/submit all paperwork beforehand.

Tournaments, Clinics, & Other Events.
All students are expected to present and perform with Buckeye Tang Soo Do's professionalism in mind. Students are permitted to compete with the intensity needed to succeed. Students will be expected to aid the hosting school with any work that requires being completed. This includes score keeping, judging, time keeping, security, food stand, setup, award presentation, etc.
Students are expected to behave properly and not participate in disorderly or illegal acts while traveling or competing. Every situation will be evaluated individually based on the participants, actions, outcomes, legalities, and all other related factors.
Participation is not mandatory, therefore students wishing to attend events are expected to arrange their own travel and lodging accommodations. The instructors will aid where necessary and offer additional support to all attendees.
Every student who wishes to participate in a World Tang Soo Do Association event must gain the Chief Instructor's permission to do so. World Tang Soo Do Association members are not permitted to participate in outside events unless granted permission from Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin or the WTSDA Headquarters.

Promotions and Awards.
When the recipient's name is called, they should answer loudly "Yes, Sir!" and proceed out the side of the class (not running in front of anyone higher in rank or through the rest of the class), then to the front and center of the group. They will then bow to the instructor. The instructor will make the presentation (read the certificate, offer comments to the student, etc.) and will present the promotion or award to the student. After the presentation, the head instructor may once again comment on the successful achievement and give encouragement or make a closing point.
The recipient should bow to the instructor, turn and bow to the class, and return to his/her original position in class.
At Buckeye Tang Soo Do, a special tradition that we have maintained is on every practitioner's one year anniversary (or somewhere close depending on outside factors), s/he will be awarded a WTSDA Gup pin to wear on the left lapel of any sport coat. This pin signifies your final acceptance into the WTSDA and BTSD Brotherhood. (We now teach you the secret handshake and dance. :))

Outside the Class.
All members of Buckeye Tang Soo Do will represent themselves, Buckeye Tang Soo Do, The World Tang Soo Do Association, The Ohio State University, and the OSU Department of Recreational Sports in a proper respectable manner. Buckeye Tang Soo Do was founded on a basis of professionalism, and this attitude will distinguish the image of a member in the eyes of the Ohio State community.
At all World Tang Soo Do sanctioned events, Dan members and Cho Dan Bo members will be required to attend wearing dress blues. (Refer to the Gup or Dan manuals for more information concerning attire) All Gups must dress respectfully. All members of Buckeye Tang Soo Do are expected to follow the guidelines set by the fourteen attitude requirements, seven tenets, five virtues, and five codes as set by the World Tang Soo Do Association.

Buckeye Tang Soo Do was founded on three basic principles: professionalism, leadership, and traditionalism. Members of Buckeye Tang Soo Do will be required to adhere to proper appearance, attitude, and respect. These guidelines and regulations were created to keep Buckeye Tang Soo Do a cohesive group. Without these simple rules, disorder and confusion will engulf the class making training impossible.
Buckeye Tang Soo Do is designed to teach martial arts to students at Ohio State for the next thousand years, and to establish a proud tradition and maintain it - we must pass these rules onto the next generation.
This is Buckeye Tang Soo Do and we aim to teach the willing and make them the best.