There are 5 main character traits that we hope to foster and develop in all students at DMA Creston. They are referred to as the “Tenets of Tae Kwon-Do” and are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indominable Spirit. Right from the beginning, students will practice courtesy (respect) in every interaction both within and outside the school. Since Tae Kwon-Do originated in Korea, we observe the practice of bowing out of respect while interacting with each other. This is often done in similar situations to where people born in North America would shake hands.
The following is a basic list of ways that each student practices courtesy while attending classes at DMA Creston:
-Your uniform is to be worn completely for every class and needs to be clean.
-Please maintain clean personal hygiene (trimmed toe and fingernails) and remove all jewelry before training.
-Be on time for classes (arriving 5-10 minutes early is ideal).
-Shoes should be removed as soon as you enter the school.
-When stepping onto or off the training floor, execute a bow of respect facing the displayed national flags (Canada and Korea).
-While waiting for your class to begin, take the opportunity to warm up and practice.
-There should be no loud talking, running around or climbing, or other ‘horseplay’ before class.
-Proper respect needs to be shown to every person.
-While the instructor is speaking or during group drills, there should be no talking between students.
-During class, never leave the floor without first speaking with the instructor.
-When asking a question of an instructor, it is appropriate to bow in greeting and again afterward to thank them for the answer.
-When speaking to an instructor (regardless of their belt rank) they should be addressed as Mr., Ms., or Mrs., followed by their last name. (If you do not know their name, then Sir or Ma’am should be used). This courtesy should be practiced both in and outside of class.