WELCOME TO IMPACT TAEKWONDO CENTER IN RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA
where learning Taekwondo goes hand in hand with learning skills for life
and where students learn to live a fulfilled life in accordance with the tenets
courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit
We are happy that you have decided to join our Taekwondo family at Impact Taekwondo Center in Riverview, Florida. Taekwondo has many benefits for those who learn the art.
This Handbook is designed to help members of Impact Taekwondo Center become familiar with the rules and expectations in our school, as we realize that being in a dojang is a unique, yet challenging, but fun experiences for beginners and advanced students alike.
Taekwondo is in unarmed Korean martial arts and the three words Tae Kwon Do literally translated mean “the art of the hand and foot.
Besides learning to kick and punch and learning to perform beautiful patterns (poomsae) students will also learn many other skills that will help them for life. Most most of all, students will learn to live the tenets of Taekwondo, become more confident, learn to practice humility on their own path to perfection, develop a can-do attitude and be self-motivate to improve skills on a daily basis. Students will also learn to become leaders and learn to be compassionate and caring towards others. With all that combined, students will to live the student oath, that asks them to “build a more peaceful world” and to become “champions of freedom and justice.”
The tenets of Taekwondo
All students are expected to learn and understand and live the tenets of Taekwondo in their dojang as well as in their daily lives. Our instructors are transformational leaders that not just talk about the tenets, but who practice them as well. As you or your child(ren) practice over time, they will soon become leaders as well, by role modeling those tenets to students senior to them.
Courtesy: It means to be polite and resectful
Integrity: It means to be honest and to lead a principled life
Perseverance: It means to show effort and persistence even when things get hard
Self-Control: It means to positively control feelings and behaviors
Indomitable Spirit: It means to be courages and not giving up despite difficulties
Students are not just expected to be able to know the Student Oath, they are expected to indeed became peace builders and champions of freedom and justice in their world.
I shall observe the tenets of Taekwondo
I shall respect my instructors and senior students
I shall never misuse Taekwondo
I shall be a champion of freedom and justice
I shall build a more peaceful world
Besides learning and learning to live the tenets of Taekwondo, students will gain more confidence and their skills develop and as they progress in belt rank. As students progress in belt rank, they will be able to relate to beginner and junior ranking students, because they have “been there,” and with that, they will be more empathetic and compassionate while being in a mentoring position at the same time. Over time, what is learned in our school will transcend into other areas of life, where students can pay forward and help others but simply having learned to be more understanding to the struggles and difficulties others might face, they will be able to make the world, their world, a better place, one step and action at a time.
Dojang Etiquette – “Dojang Manners Matter”
Training in Taekwondo and learning the art is a life-style, the life-style of a well-rounded, well-mannered person that has strong values to live by, as expressed in the tenets courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.
Just like in school, at work or in a store or public library, there are specific rules and expectations for student behaviors. These rules and expectation honor the long traditions of ancient martial arts warriors and they ensure that training is respectful and structured and that students show discipline while they are training and most of all, that students can take what they learn inside their dojang into their lives.
– Please be one time for your class. If you cannot avoid being late, please bow to your instructor when entering the dojang, ask for permission to step on the training mat and follow what your instructor tells you to do
– Do not wear shoes on the mat / training area, unless they are approved Taekwondo shoes
– Bow when you enter and leave the training area
– When you practice with a partner, bow at the beginning and end of each exercise and shake hands with your training partner
– Shake hands after sparring and use the proper Korean handshake and say “thank you”
– Avoid excessively loud talking and laughing. While we strongly encourage friendship and good sportsman-like relationship among our students, lessons are time limited and we want for you to be able to make the most of that time
– avoid talking with those who are not on the training mat, unless you are on a brief break
– Only leave the training area when your instructor(s) allows you to do so.
– If you have to leave the training area for some reason, please ask your instructor(s) first to get permission
– Address junior and senior black belts with Sir/Ma’am, or use Mr. (name) or Ms. (name) when speaking to them
– Address any adults that you are training with with Sir or Ma’am, even if they are junior in rank to you
Unless you are tying, re-tying your belt or you are fixing your uniform, do how stand with your back to your instructor(s) or with your back to the flags
When students line up, they do so in rank (from right left, front to back)
No derrogotory words or actions are allowe
Please encourage students that might have difficulties or help them with a task when you see they need help
– Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you do not understand a particular skill, like in school, please raise your hand so your instructor can address you
Practice patience when learning Taekwondo
– Wait your turn
– Only practice the skills that are appropriate for your belt level
Give your best at all times!
Live and role model the tenets of Taekwondo
Most of all – have fun!
In Taekwondo, your skill level is shown by the color of the belt you wear. You will start with a white belt, which is also the only belt that you will ever be given, all other belts have to be earned.
Remember, belt ranking does not mean that one student is better than another, it means that one student has had more time and practice than another and has mastered more skill. As you progress in rank, you should still be humble, and you should not brag about your skill level.
There will be regular scheduled belt tests. While it is the goal of the instructors to help you test on those dates, the real work is up to you. Students are responsible to demonstrate that they are ready to test by showing a mastery of the skills required to advance to higher rank. If your instructor(s) feel that you are not ready to test, we will let you know. Our goal is for you to master the skills and to have pride in your mastery, rather than allow you to test and fail.
In this regard, Taekwondo is self-paced, because your progress depends on what you can do to achieve to progress, which mostly is, train hard, because as the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.”
Patterns / Poomsae
Patterns, or Poomsae, are combined movements that are both offensive and defensive in nature, and that “pretend” a student fighting an invisible opponent. As students progress in belt rank, the patterns become more complex and more demanding, as they incorporate more movements or introduce now techniques.
We follow the rules and pattern sequence set forth by the World Taekwondo Federation, whereas black belts will be individually certified by the Kukkiwon / WTF in Seoul, Korea.
1. Taeguek Poomsae Il Jang
2. Taeguek Poomsae Ee Jang
3. Taeguek Poomsae Sam Jang
4. Taeguek Poomsae Sa Jang
5. Taeguek Poomsae Oh Jang
6. Taeguek Poomsae Chil Jang
7. Taeguek Poomsae Pal Jang
8. Taekguek Poomsae Koryo (1rst Degree Black Belt)
9. Taekguek Poomsae Keumgang (2nd Degree Black Belt)
10. Taeguek Poomsae TaeBaek (3rd Degree Black Belt)
11. Taeguek Poomsae Pyongwon (4th Degree Black Belt)
12. Taeguek Poomsae Sipjin (5th Degree Black Belt)
13. Taeguek Poomsae Jitae (6th Degree Black Belt)
14. Taekguek Poomsae Cheonkwon (7th Degree Black Belt)
15. Taeguek Poomsae Hansoo (8th Degree Black Belt)
16. Taeguek Poomsae Ilyo (9th Degree Black Belt)
You may learn from a few instructors in our school, and just like you as a student come with unique skills and talents, our instructors are unique as well. As such, their teaching styles may vary slightly, but we want to assure you, your learning outcome (skills) will be the same.
Please trust your instructors, they have practiced Taekwondo for many years and have also taught junior ranking students for some time as well. And they truly love what they are doing.
Please listen to your instructors, because our goal is to keep you safe while you learn your kicks and punches and to help you learn the skills you need to advance and progress in your Taekwondo journey.
You are expected to keep your uniform clean and immaculate. Should your uniform become torn or too small, please talk to your instructor(s) to purchase a new one. Please do not wear your uniform outside Taekwondo practice (e.g. to play in the park or at Halloween).
First of all, we want to thank you for entrusting your children to us to learn the art of Taekwondo. Please encourage your child(ren) during their journey as they progress learning the art and as they will undoubtedly experience some ups in downs on their journey.
Taekwondo is a journey, and reaching the ultimate goal, the black belt, takes time and effort, because besides learning to kick and punch, we will also make sure that your child(ren) learn to live the tenets of Taekwondo (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit). Taekwondo is an art that instill discipline in children and our instructor(s) will do so in a kind and compassionate manner, yet, with the principles of the Hwa Rang Warriors in mind.
Please also trust us that instructor(s), will make every effort to work with your child on their level of physical, emotional and cognitive development, however, that the instruction takes place in a group setting. Additionally, our instructor(s) will make every effort to get to know your child(ren) and will talk with you when needed about your child(rens) progress as well as area where they need to improve. With that said, please do not hesitate to talk to us before or after classes if your child(ren) might have something going on in their lives that might temporarily influence their training (e.g. a sick family member, a deployed service member of the family, important testing in school), so we can take those factors into account during sessions.
We do value your input, however, during training sessions, please allow us to do the teaching, as teaching from the side lines can be distracting and might prevent your child(ren) from learning what they need to do to advance.
There will be many times that you as a parent will be given the opportunity to give feedback to yours or other children in the class, which should be focusing on progress in the areas of confidence, strength, or any other positive character trait(s) that you can think of.
We would like to ask you to encourage your children to practice patterns and kicks in their free time, however, strongly discourage your child(ren) from practicing in school or with while playing with friends. This is not only to avoid your child(ren) or others to get hurt, but also to teach self-discipline and self-control (practice at appropriate time and in appropriate place).
Finally, we would love to see you practice with your child(ren) in our school if you can. Taekwondo is a great exercise for all ages, and practicing with your child(ren) will allow you to embark on a wonderful journey together and enjoy “ride” that is called Taekwondo, while you bond and share with your child(ren) and make positive memories that last a life-time.