CHO'S BLACK BELT ACADEMY RULES AT THERE GYMS
1. When entering the gym bow to the flags and to your instructor.
2. Be on time for your class. All classes will start on schedule.
3. All students and parents are required to remove their shoes when entering the gym.
4. All students are required to keep their clothes in the locker room.
5. No teaching without the instructors permission.
6. All students are required to show respect to their instructors at all times when in the gym or out in public.
7. All students are required to show respect to the higher ranking students, parents, and elders at all times.
8. All parents are required to keep the noise level down during class and let the instructor do the teaching without
interfering with the class. ( Please save all questions and comments for after class)
9. All students are required to get their gear from the school to ensure their safety during sparring.
10. All students or parents are required to call in when missing a class or taking time off. ( No credit will be given out for absences)
11. All students should bring a water bottle to every class. (No other drinks or food is allowed)
12. All students are to ask Master Benish if they are ready for testing and have his approval before testing.
13. No talking or Inappropriate behavior will be tolerated while the instructor is teaching.
14. Be attentive and pay attention to your instructor at all times.
15. No improper behavior before and after class, such as running around, screaming, climbing on bags, etc. The class times run close together so students need to get in and out of the gym.
16. When leaving the gym bow to the flags and to your instructor.
17. All students or parents that have questions or concerns about classes, behavior, or anything, should contact Master Benish
Tae Kwon Do Tenets:
Courtesy: (Showing respect to your parents, teachers, masters, friends, and elders.)
Integrity: ( Be honest. Don't cheat, steal, or lie.)
Perseverance: (Work hard, sweat, and never give up.)
Self-Control: (Controlling your temper, desires, and emotions.)
Indomitable Spirit: (With the right spirit you will work hard and achieve your goals and never give up.)
Tae Kwon Do Oath:
I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do
I shall respect my instructors and seniors.
I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do.
I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
I shall build a more peaceful world.
Conduct in the Do-jang:
1. When entering the do-jang, bow to the national flags.
2. Bow to the instructor at a proper distance.
3.Exchange greeting between students.
4.Form lines and bow to the instructor at the beginning of class.
5. Sit crossed legged and meditate for one minute at the beginning of class.
6. In the do-jang there should be no unnecessary talking.
7. When the master comes into the classroom, follow the instructions of the instructor. If there is no instructor present, give the master your attention.
8. When spoken to by the master, come to attention when answering.
9. When a student arrives late to class, they should quitely and quickly join into class.
10. No horseplay is allowed in the do-jang at any time.
11. When visiting the do-jang, do not distract those who are training.
12. Do not touch the mirrors unless you are prepared to clean them.
13. When reforming lines at the end of class, bow to the instructor.
14. Recite the Oath and Tenets of tae kwon do before dismissal.
15. Bow to the instructor, and the highest ranking student before dismissal.
16. When leaving the do-jang, bow to the master and the national flags.
Regulations of the Do-Jang
1. No smoking.
2. Refrain from idle chatter.
3. Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and food are not allowed in the do-jang.
4. Shoes are not to be worn in the do-jang.
5. No one is allowed to teach without the master instructors permission.
Basic Philosophy of Tae Kwon Do:
The basic philosophy of tae kwon do is simply following the Oaths and Tenets.
Tae Kwon Do Ranking System:
The belt is used to discriminate ranks, degrees and expertise. The colors were chosen because they have specific significance. Using different colored belts during the first two years of training, aids the student by giving him / her smaller goals to achieve before attaining a black belt.
The system of ranking was created based on numbers that are significant in oriental culture. Most of the East's written language stems back to Chinese characters. Chinese characters were not just letters like the Romanized alphabets. The lines one used to write a word also had other suitable meanings behind them. Three was written with three horizontal lines. On the surface it is three lines, but to Far Easterners, the top line represented God, the middle line represented man, and the bottom line earth.
Since three was more than just a basic number in Eastern culture, it was used in developing the tae kwon do ranking system because tae kwo do represents a philosophy that is a connection between God, man and earth. A tae kwon do artist reveres God and lives by ideals that support a harmony between God, man and earth. There are 10 gups or grades through the colored belts and then 9 degrees or dahns of black belt ranking. Nine is the only number that can be multiplied by any other single digit number and take the total of that equation, add those numbers together and get nine. Nine is only divisible by three (9X1=9, 9X2=18, 1+8=9, 9X3=27, 7+2=9,9X4=36, 3+6=9, etc.). In eastern culture, the versatility of these two numbers makes them auspicious. By using them so decidedly in the ranking system, the positiveness of the numbers is applied to the system of ranking.
Just as the ranks are divided into two sets of nine, the nine degrees of black belt are still relative novices within tae kwon do. First to third degree is a time when the student knows basic techniques, is building a strong foundation and actually is only beginning in the true art of tae kwon do. Fourth to sixth degree black belts are experts. They have studied hard and continue to study hard in all aspects of tae kwon do, but by these ranks, they have mastered many aspects of the art of tae kwon do. It is the seventh to ninth degree masters who are the true masters of tae kwon do. They have spent many years in training, both physically and mentally. Tae kwon do is a way of life to these masters.
Benefits of Tae Kwon Do:
Tae kwon do benefits us by connecting God, man, and earth. Tae kwon do is a philosophy, a physical practice and science. Practicing tae kwon do is a practice that benefits the whole person.
From a physical standpoint, tae kwon do is the best all-around exercise. It combines stretching, muscle toning, cardiovascular development and coordination exercises. In this way, all parts of the body system are exercised.
A typical session begins with a minute of meditation. In this way, the student can clear the mind and use their full concentration on conditioning their bodies. Next, there are warming up exercises to begin stretching the muscles and beginning the escalated blood flow to the muscles and organs. In this way, the chance of injury by tearing or pulling cold muscles is lessened. As the session continues, practicing techniques increases the heart rate. This increases circulation throughout the body, which also aids the body in washing wastes out.
The next part of a typical session includes memorizing movements in patterns and self-defense techniques. This assists the student in coordinating all parts of the body. While practicing, students are taught breathing techniques that increase lung capacity and aid the student in breath control. Breath control is helpful physically, but it is also helpful mentally. It has been proven that people who are able to control their breathing are also able to control their emotions. For example, when some people are in situations that elecit feelings of fear or other strong emotions, they begin to breathe rapidly and can hyperventilate. In these situations, the body must focus all attention on breathing instead of concentrating on dealing with whatever has brought on the emotional response.
Finally, the student stretches while slowing the body down again. In this way, the extra blood and fluids in the muscles are pumped out of the muscles, diminishing the problems of stifness and discomfort when these wastes remain in the muscles.
Each part of a session has been included scientifically to provied the best possible exercise for the body. This, combined with the philosophy of discipline and right attitued, assists each student in beginning a path of holistic exercises that will change them on all levels of their personality and being.
Principle of Power:
Tae kwon do was not created as an arbitrary set of movements, but is based in scientific theory. This is illustrated best by a magnifying glass. Though the sun is millions of miles away, its energy is unleashed by letting if flow through a magnifying glass. The rays are utilized by focusing them through the glass on a small area, which can start a fire because the rays are intensified to such a degree.
This is the same principle on which tae kwon do is based. We are able to utilize our full potential by focusing our energy on a small area. There are several factors, which are involved in this process. These are speed, concentration or focus, balance, relaxation, breath control and an understanding of how these factors work together. The best way to understand this is to look at Newton's Law. "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." When you kick, punch or block, the force of the impact equals the speed with which the opponent is approaching, added to the speed that you are attacking or blocking. This increases your potential power. If you focus all of your body weight into the striking or blocking point and multiply that times the speed, then your potential power is again increased (the formula used for this is F =MA or force equals mass times acceleration or power equals weight times speed). There are several ways to increase your weight. When you punch with one hand, the other hand is pulled back (usually to just behind the hip) at the same time. This creates an equal and opposite reaction, increasing the speed. One hand will thrust forward at the same speed that the other hand is pulled back. As you are punching, if your hip is snapped toward the punch, this also focuses more body weight toward the striking point. When kicking and punching, the springing action of the knee joints will act just like the hips, thus increasing the body weight.
To be able to perform these techniques, the student must be able to focus all of his or her attention on placing all of his or her energy toward the striking or blocking point. While focusing on the tecnique, you must be sure not to confuse concentration of energy on the striking or blocking area with your center of gravity. Balance is another integral part of our formula for power. Usually your center of gravity is in the lower abdomen. If the body weight is not balanced, you will lose power because you will not be able to perform the techniques properly. The various body parts would be impossible to move with "equal and opposite reactions" if you are not able to move within your center of gravity.
Another factor that many people fail to see is the importance of relaxation. Less energy is used when the muscles are relaxed, so if the student stays relaxed until the last second before contact, he or she will save energy. Also, the mind is clearer because no concentration is wasted on tensed muscles and all efforts can be focused on the next technique.
Another principle integral to proper utilization of power is breath control. You can do without food for weeks, water for days, but the breath for only minutes. Breathing is such an integral part of our lives, but we forget how important it is. By using our breath properly, we can increase power tremendously. When you exhale on a punch or kick, it tightens the lower abdomen, aids the hip snap, and concentrates energy on the attacking area. If you inhale slowly and keep the breath under conrol, the student is able to hide fatigue by keeping a constant, even breath.
None of these factors will help the student unless he or she utilizes them and practices diligently, consistently, correctly, and most of all, sincerely.
Benefits of Becoming a Black Belt:
We all begin our classes in the martial arts for various reasons: exercise, stress relief, to increase physical skills such as timing, balance, speed, and power, or to improve our self discipline, concentration or perhaps self confidence. When our original reason seems to be accomplished, we find that the gifts the martial arts have for us are endless. These gifts are not realized, though, until the student makes a commitment to his / her program. The old adage about "reaping what we sow" applies to the martial arts also.
A one month course is hardly time enough to discover anything about the martial arts. Many people sign up for short courses, participate in the classes, but remain separated from the truth of the martial arts. When a student sets a black belt course as a goal, it becomes a commitment to themselves as well as the world. The martial arts are not only physical practice, but also a way of life. It is a path where the student works at becoming the most he / she can be while they work at making the world a better place. The martial arts enrich our lives in many ways. Some of the effects are short term and some are long term. When the student chooses to attain the rank of black belt, he / she has immediate advantages within the school structure.
2. Ability to compete in local, state, national, international, and Olympic competitions.
3. Ability to become an assistant instructor.
4. Ability to attain the rank of Master Instructor with proper training.
5. Ability to build physical skills such as balance, speed, coordination, power, focus, relaxation and reflex action.
The underlying accomplishments are more difficult to measure because, through commitment to the martial arts, it brings about the development of personal wholeness and well-being. Through a path in the martial arts, leaders emerge who are cpable of working in the world (in whatever corner the person exists) to bring about change and improvement for everyone.