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Typical Class

Arriving Late to Class
If the class has already started, he/she should stand at the edge of the mats and wait for permission from the instructor or another black belt before bowing in and walking onto the mat. Students should stand in a Junbi stance and wait patiently. If that entails waiting a minute or so, please show respect and wait. Arriving time for classes to start is best We understand this is not always possible, but students should not make arriving late a habit.

Start of Class

When class begins, the instructor will call for the students to line up. Students should respond loudly with, “Yes, Sir” and line up based on the command (in this case, number of students in the first row). Students should be able to line up in the proper order (by rank, older students first within the same rank). Student should stand at attention in Junbi, with their eyes forward and no talking. This is part of showing the tenet of respect.

1. Geuk gi Hyang Ha Yoh (Gookee-Hiyah-HiYoh) – This means, “Face the flags.” Only the instructors should move. They will spin and face the flags.

2. Charyut (Choi-yut) – This means “Come to attention.” All students including the instructor will bring their feet together and their arms to their sides. Students should be standing tall and erect.

3. Kyunyea (Kun-yay) – This means “Bow.” Students will bow to the flags and remain in this position until the next command is given.

4. Baro (Barrow) – This means “Return.” Students will return from the bow and stand erect. At this time the instructors will turn to face the class.

5. Boo Sabum nim geh (Boo-Sahbum-nim-gey) – This means “Face the 3rd Dan.” Students will face the instructor and remain in this position. The students at the end of the lines will pivot slightly to face the instructor. Note this command is slightly different for the other black belt ranks listed below.

Yoodunjah geh – 1st Dan
Jojanim geh – 2nd Dan
Boo Sabum nim geh – 3rd Dan
Kwanjangnim geh – Master and above.

6. Kyunyea (Kun-yay) – This means “Bow.” Students will bow to the instructor and remain in this position until the next command is given.

7. Baro (Barrow) – This means “Return.” Students will return from the bow and stand erect while facing forward.
After the above commands the lead instructor will issue the command “Junbi.” Students should return to their ready stance for warm-ups to start.

Conclusion of Class


After every student is in line and in a Junbi stance the instructor may have the students do one final task like horse stance punches, pushups or blocks. Once that is complete the lead student will yell out the following commands.

1. Geuk gi Hyang Ha Yoh (Gookee-Hiyah-HiYoh) – This means, “Face the flags.” Only the instructors should move. They will spin and face the flags.

2. Charyut (Choi-yut) – This means “Come to attention.” All students including the instructor will bring their feet together and their arms to their sides. Students should be standing tall and erect.

3. Kyunyea (Kun-yay) – This means “Bow.” Students will bow to the flags and remain in this position until the next command is given.

4. Baro (Barrow) – This means “Return.” Students will return from the bow and stand erect. At this time the instructors will turn to face the class.

5. Boo Sabum nim geh (Boo-Sahbum-nim-gey) – This means “Face the 3rd Dan.” Students will face the instructor and remain in this position. The students at the end of the lines will pivot slightly to face the instructor. Note this command is slightly different for the other black belt ranks listed below.

Yoodunjah geh – 1st Dan
Jojanim geh – 2nd Dan
Boo Sabum nim geh – 3rd Dan
Kwanjangnim geh – Master and above.

6. Kyunyea (Kun-yay) – This means “Bow.” Students will bow to the instructor and remain in this position until the next command is given.

7. Baro (Barrow) – This means “Return.” Students will return from the bow and stand erect while facing forward.

After the above command, students should remain at attention for any final announcements or dismissal. Once announcements are done, the commands below are used to conclude class.

1. Lead instructor says, “Class dismissed.”

2. Students respond with, “Taekwon,” walk backwards to the edge of the mat/training area and stop there.

3. Students bow and together say, “Com Sah Hom Nee Dha,” which means “Thank you for teaching us.”

4. Instructors will respond with, “Chun Mun Ay Yoe” which means “You are welcome.”

5. Students are free to go at this point. Any students for the next class are free to bow and walk onto the mats.