OMAC GENERAL RULES
Give traditional bow and remove shoes before entering DoJang (training hall), to promote mental preparation and to show respect for martial arts training
Tae Guk: The Great Principle
With the Eight Trigrams of Nature
- Sign attendance sheet before changing into DoBok (training uniform)
- Remove all jewelry before entering class, for safety purposes
- Do not smoke, drink, or chew gum during class or in the presence of the master, to promote total concentration and to show respect
- Meditate a few minutes before class to help open your mind to learning
Moo Shim [Empty Mind], Cho Shim [Beginner's Mind]
- Line up by seniority and bow to instructor when class begins, to show respect for instructors and senior students
- Address the Head Instructor as " Master [Last Name] ", to show respect for his dedication and accomplishments beyond the 5th Dan (degree in black belt)
- Bow whenever you see the Master, in or out of class
- Address routine questions to seniors , to allow the instructor the maximum time with the class
To address the Master , stand 3 steps in front of him, bow , then politely make your request
- Always reply respectfully when spoken to Always say "Yes Sir," "Yes Ma'am," "No Sir," "No Ma'am."
- Never talk back to the instructor
Show SoonJong [Obedience] to authority
- Cooperate with your training partner according to his or her ability, in order to achieve maximum benefit from your training practice techniques
- Do not lose control
There is no short cut -- InNae [patience] and GeunGee [persistence] are key words for successfully achieving your goal
ALWAYS FINISH WHAT YOU START
OMAC CHILDREN'S HOME RULES
- Children must show respect to their parents and family members at all times
- Children shall greet their parents when they enter the house and tell them goodbye when they leave
- Children will be truthful at all times
- Children will maintain a good relationship with their brothers and sisters
- Children must help with household chores
- Children will keep their own room neat and clean
- Children must keep their body, hair, and teeth clean at all times (every day)
- Children will not interrupt adult conversations
- Children will study their schoolwork and school and at home
- Children must show respect for teachers and peers at all times
CHILDREN WHO DO NOT OBEY THEIR PARENTS MAY BE REDUCED IN RANK
In martial arts training, we emphasize strength of character
- We have specific goals for our development, as indicated in the OMAC rules and terms, and we ask even the young ones to be responsible for their own achievements
- We urge students to set their own goals in their development, and also for parents to set goals both for their children and themselves
- We all work together in trying to achieve these goals, and parents should discuss their children's progress regularly with instructors
Martial arts training should be a place where kids can experience success . This works often best when the instructors present a positive challenge, both encouraging development and discouraging ineffective behavior. Parents can enjoy the role of stepping back and being positive towards their children, praising specific physical and mental achievements they see in class and elsewhere (keeping in mind we all can continue developing). Those of us who are parents also need patience and the other goals of martial arts, and we need to keep in mind that it is how well we and our children develop that is important (rather than how fast).
Children are asked to complete a TO DO list every week. This is the child's responsibility , and we ask that parents support this opportunity for their children to develop their goals and sense of achievement. Parents can remind, encourage, and praise, but let them fill out the form truthfully and experience both success and shortcomings, and particularly development.
We organize all students in the school into teams . Please keep in touch with your children's team leader about their progress, needs, and attendance, both in and out of class.
The black belt instructors are responsible for the school and all students, so please feel free to discuss with them any matters such as training, tests, etc.
Grandmaster Choi has over forty years experience as a martial artist and sets the standard for all of us, including the black belts. So we urge that your children attend as many of his classes as possible. Training with Master Choi is a unique opportunity for all of us.
We have regular promotion tests to mark students' mental and physical development of the martial arts spirit. Things to keep in mind when tests are scheduled are:
- The first few times your child tests, talk with the black belts about the requirements, the test procedures, the test form, and fees. The tests are opportunities to experience success, and we want every student to understand their developments as they progress as martial artists.
- Filling out the test forms is the student's responsibility, and responses should reflect how they feel they are developing. Parents can help them think through their responses, write clearly, and, in particular, practice their answers with them (before the real test).
- Test forms and fees are due one week before the test . This is part of the student's mental preparation.
- Be sure your child practices the breaking technique with senior belts. Breaking a board provides an important sense of achievement and confidence.
Meditation is a mental exercise to help developing our concentration and focus. We ask that observers please remain respectfully silent during meditation, to support the students so they can get the most out of their martial arts training.
Please take off your shoes before entering the training area. We practice barefoot, and don't want students picking up or breathing in dirt. This also sets an example for the children of respecting our traditions.
Feel free to take pictures at any time. Please check with the black belts about procedures.
We also ask observers to help keep the waiting area clean and neat. We want to present to visitors the sense of purpose that impressed you when you first came.
We like having young children around, but ask that parents take them outside if they distract the class with noise or activity, particularly during meditation and when instructors are giving directions or making announcements.