This is a list of the official rules of the Ravenna Martial Arts Academy. They will be strongly enforced and are meant to harmonize and protect the students and instructors of this institution.

1. Proper dress is required - no bare chest.
2. No jewelry is to be worn during class.
3. Keep fingernails and toenails properly trimmed.
4. Remove shoes upon entering the gym.


1. Students should attend class at least twice a week.
2. Notify Instructor if you will be absent longer than one week.
3. Class begins promptly at the appointed starting times and students should be on time.
4 . Ask permission to enter or leave gym during class.


1. Bow to flags upon entering or leaving the gym.
2. Show respect to high rank and answer "Yes Sir" or "Yes Ma'am" when spoken to.
3. Show respect to fellow students and visitors.
4. When not free sparring, sit according to rank in cross-legged position.
5. Feel free to ask high rank for help when mutually convenient.
6. Students should advise Instructors of any medical problems or if you become ill during class.
7. Any complaints by students or parents should be addressed to the Instructor.
8. Chewing gum is not permitted during class.
9. No horseplay permitted in the Do Jang before, during, or after class.
10. Profane language is forbidden in the Do Jang.
11. Alcohol is not to be used before class

1. Students will conduct themselves properly outside the gym and not arouse public hostility toward Tae Kwon Do
2. Students will obey all Federal, State, and Local laws while enrolled in this school.
3. Illegal substances are not to be used.
4. Students exhibiting improper behavior may be rejected for admittance or expelled.




1. Head and face – light contact to head gear only.
    a. Punching in the direction of the face or head is not allowed.
    b.Controlled kicks to face – may not touch exposed area of face.
    c. NO ATTACKS TO THE NECK OR BACK OF HEAD will be tolerated.
2. Chest, stomach, and side of body.
    a. No attacks below the belt.
     b. NO ATTACKS TO THE BACK OR KIDNEYS will be tolerated.


1. Controlled kicks to face (light contact to head gear only or close to face).
2. Controlled kicks and punches to specified target areas on body (no back fists, open hand
      techniques or malicious attacks).


1. Scratching, throwing, sweeping, pushing, grabbing, spitting.
2. Any attack which draws blood or is intended to injure opponent.
3. Attempt to punch at face.
4. Wild or uncontrolled attacks.
5. Any purposeful attempt to attack a non-target area.
6. Open hand techniques, finger, elbows, knees, back fist or hammer fist attacks.
7. Disobedience to instructors, referee or judges.
8. Bad Sportsmanship.


1. Head gear
2. Cup (for men)
3. Mouth piece
4. Chest and abdomen protector
5. Kicking boots or pads
6. Wear regular martial arts uniform


1. Special chest protector (for women)
2. Sparring gloves
3. Shin and Elbow pads


1. Trim finger and toe nails.
2. Remove all jewelry from hands, neck, ears and feet.


Listed here are simple rules of etiquette and conduct. Without a doubt, the most important rule is to respect those of higher rank, and thus, many of the points listed below are simple everyday ways to show that respect and self discipline. If you are polite and well-mannered around high rank, you may become known as a good student worthy of higher instruction. This should be a goal for all low rank.
While politeness in class has its own rewards, it also should carry over into everyday life. The respect shown for high rank in class, is the same respect that should be shown to elders, teachers, and parents. These people have worked hard for their position, and they have successfully mastered the skills which you are now trying to master. For this reason, every effort should be made to follow these guidelines and to show the utmost respect.

1. First and foremost, always pay attention when a high rank is speaking, either directly to you or to a group.  Valuable instruction can be acquired this way.

2. Always answer, loud and clear, when spoken to, and always follow a response with "sir" or "ma’am".

3. Always bow to black belts when greeting them, when saying good-bye, after they have instructed or assisted you, before and after you spar, etc.

4. Never offer your hand to a black belt or any high rank.

5. If a high rank offers his/her hand to you, bow and shake their hand properly.
NOTE: The proper way to shake a persons hand is to extend your right hand and place your left hand, palm down, directly above your right forearm.

6. When handing and object to, or accepting an object from a high rank, use the same method as shaking a persons hand (while bowing, extend right hand, left hand above right forearm).

7. Low rank should always open the door and hold it open for high rank.

8. If you are dining with high rank, never begin eating until the highest rank has begun.

9. If you are late to class, come in quietly, bow to the instructor and line up to the left of the lowest rank until you are instructed to move.

10. Never interrupt when a black belt is speaking. If you need to say something, wait quietly until they are finished, then politely ask your question, beginning with "sir" or "ma’am".

11. While sparring high rank remember they are there to teach you and are controlling there attacks so do not be overly aggressive or cocky when sparring higher rank. If a high rank attacks and pulls a punch or kick that would’ve clearly hit you, do not take that instantaneous opportunity to attack. High rank deserve to be treated with respect and proper attitude while sparring. Only spar as hard as you want to be sparred.

12. Always wear the proper attire to class. Do not forget your belt as you will be forced to wear a white belt and line up with the white belts. This should be considered an embarrassment.

13. Never enter the classroom without your belt on, and never remove your belt while in the classroom.

14. If you need to fix your belt or straighten your uniform, turn your back to your instructor.

15. If you are walking with a black belt who is carrying something, offer to carry it for them.

16. If a black belt instructs you to do something differently than another black belt has taught you, do it the way you are being told and then, when you have finished, politely ask about the difference.

17. Do not ask or tell your instructor or master when you will be testing. Remember patience and humility. You will be notified when it is your time to test.

18. Make every effort to attend your scheduled test. If your absence is unavoidable, notify your instructor as soon as possible, prior to the test. Your instructor will decide if and when to reschedule your test.

19. Never skip a test because you do not feel prepared. Trust your instructors to decide when you are ready to test. Remember that they have had many years experience preparing students for testing and you should honor and value their opinion.

While these rules are not extensive, they are meant as a guide. There are many other ways to show respect and properly conduct yourself in class. Observe the high rank and model your behavior after them. Remember that one day you may become high rank, and others will model themselves after you.