A NOTE TO BEGINNERS


STUDENT NOTEBOOK Table of Contents

 

Learn STANCES .... Learn BLOCKS .... Learn KICKS

 

Entering the Classroom
Bow
when you first enter the dojo. Also, bow to Sensei when you arrive.

After you enter the classroom, take your shoes off before walking on the floor. Place your shoes neatly against the wall or in your gym bag. Please do NOT leave gym bags on the dojo floor or on the chairs. Place gym bags in the changing rooms. Shoes are not to be worn in the dressing rooms or on the matts.

Remember to sign your name on the Sign In sheet. Attendance is very important for belt promotion, and if you continually forget to sign in, it may cost you a promotion.

After you bow, remove your shoes, and sign in, proceed to practice quietly before class begins.

In the Classroom
Please address the head instructor as Sensei. Sensei is a Japanese word meaning teacher. Please address the Assistant Instructors and other black belts in the classroom as Sir , Ma'am or Sempai.

When you are specifically addressed by Sensei during class, please acknowledge the comment by saying “Yes Sensei” (or “Yes Sir” or “Yes Ma'am” to Assistant Instructors) or “Os!”, a Japanese word of acknowledgment.

Each evening, both the children's class and the adult's class has the same lesson plan. The same goes for all the classes each week. For example, one week we may work on kicking drills. The next week we may work on self-defense, etc. Because attitude is important, a verbal lesson is given before each class along with the announcements. The physical drills, verbal lesson, and announcements before class are the same all week. Therefore, if you miss class all week, it is important you find out what drills, lessons and announcements you missed. You can do this by checking the big Announcement notebook on the front table.

The one-on-one beginners lessons are strictly instructional and will not give you a cardiovascular workout as the regular classes do.

Do not worry about the Japanese and Korean terminology during your first several months as a student. When you test for your first belt (yellow belt), you will not be tested on this terminology. It is not until you test for your second belt (orange belt) that you must know the oriental terms. By then, you will have heard them enough times that it will seem natural to you. The best material is learned naturally, not forced by crammed memorization.

Outside the Classroom
PRACTICE IS KEY. Material taught in the classroom must be practiced at home. Ten to fifteen minutes a day is all it takes. It is usually quite obvious when a student has not practiced. Of course, you may be struggling with new material, and the instructor expects some confusion, but when an instructor has to continually reteach material to the student, it is a waste of the instructor's time and other students' time. Sensei is not irritated by errors at all, as long as the student is trying.

If for some reason you must leave the academy (because you move, become busy at work, have financial problems, get involved with other sports, etc.), please let Sensei know. It is okay to leave the academy, but it is considered rude to leave without contacting Sensei beforehand.

 

Learn STANCES .... Learn BLOCKS .... Learn KICKS