Personal Development Creed:

  1. Be a leader not a follower
  2. Think positive and positive things will happen
  3. Socialize with positive, goal oriented peers like yourself
  4. Develop the courage to stand up for yourself and do what is right
  5. Keep yourself physically and mentally fit
  6. Be truthful and just in all that you do
  7. Focus on your school work and drive yourself to overachieve
  8. Help your parents without being asked
  9. Give priority to the things that can help you be a success in life
  10. Practice, practice, practice lead to mastery.

Goal Setting Creed:

  1. Visualize my goal - then write it down
  2. Who can help me?
  3. What are the obstacles?
  4. When will my goal be accomplished?
  5. Where will my goal be accomplished?
  6. Why do I want to achieve this goal?
  7. How will I achieve this goal?
  8. Avoid procrastination and understand failure

10 Articles of Faith:

  1. Be loyal to your country.

  2. Be obedient to your parents.
  3. Be loving between husband and wife.
  4. Be cooperative between brothers.

  5. Be faithful between friends.

  6. Be respectful to your elders.

  7. Be faithful between teacher and student.

  8. Know the difference between good and evil.

Never retreat in battle.
  10. Always finish what you start.



Dojang Manners and Etiquette

Here is a list of manners and etiquette that are expected of all students at the dojang:


Entering the dojang:

  • Salute the flag
  • Greet the instructor(s) who a loud "TANG SOO!"
  • Remove your shoes and place them on the shoe rack
  • Remain quiet so we do not disrupt the classes
  • bring all of your equipment to the changing area (DO NOT LEAVE THEM BY THE DOOR)

Greeting our seniors:

  • Use a two handed hand shake
  • Bow longer than the senior you are bowing to
  • Smile
  • remember to show respect to all of the people around you (younger or older in age,  higher or lower ranked than yourself)

Greeting others:

  • address others with the appropriate title (sabo nim, kyosa nim, etc...)
    • if you are unsure of their title, address them as" sir" or "ma'am

Entering and exiting the training floor:

  • Before walking onto the training floor; salute to show respect
    • If classes are in progress ask for permission to enter the training space
    • If you are late to class, stand off the training floor and raise your hand high; loudly ask the most seinor instructor for permission to enter class
    • Thank the instructor, and quickly move behind the class to your belt appropriate rank and then join class without disruption
  • If we leave the training floor during class; remember to salute when exiting and re-enterin


  • Make sure hands and feet are together
  • Bow at a 45 degree angle from the hips
  • Make sure our eyes are down and not making eye contact with the person we are bowing to

Exiting the dojang:

  • Say bye to the instructor(s) who a loud "TANG SOO!"
  • Salute the flag 

Standards and Expectations

GUPS: (white,yellow,orange,green,red)


  • should be cleaned and ironed regularly
  • should have the flag patch(s) on the right sleve (if youhave 1 Amerian flag and 1 Korean flag; Am on the right sleve; Ko on the left sleve
  • should have Dragon patch on the left chest of the uniform
  • Orange belts and up:
    • all rank associated stripes on the belt must be on the left hand side of the belt when belt is tied on
  • Green Belts and Up:
    • color trim on the uniform 
  • All ladies
    • a white tee shirt is to be worn under the uniform
  • Anyone with hair long enough to tie back
    • it is recomneded that students tie their hair back


Testing Requirements:

  • 18 classes attended between testing cycles (3 months).
  • student is showing steady improvement
  • A "PKSA Karate" Uniform (Dobok)


Re-testing Requirements:

  • Student must attend a minimum of  2 classes after re-test list is posted
  • Practice the items on your own
  • Get help if you need it (before or after class)
  • Ask an instrutor during, before, or after class once you have done those things.



  • by the time students become a yellow belt they are expected to have:
    • a "PKSA Karate" Unifoorm
    • a colored belt representing their current rank
  • orange belt students are expected to have:
    •  a full set of sparring gear (helmet, gloves, foot gear, mouth guard; chest is protector optional)
    • gentlemen; cup
  • @ Green belt students are expected to to have:
    • Green trim uniform
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    • A Bo Staff
      • the hight should be between the nose and the top of the head.
    • Dragon patch
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    • American flag/ Korean flag/ Tang Soo Do patch
  • @ Red Belt students sare expected to have:
    • red trim uniformImage result for red trim uniform
  • @ Black Belt students are expected to have:
    • midnight blue trim uniformImage result for midnight blue trim uniform

DANS: Black Belts

Recert Requirements:

  • 24 classes attended between testing cycles (6 months).
  • student is showing steady improvement

Rules for our Dojang


1) Respect our dojang by keeping it clean!

    - When you get to the dojang, put your shoes on the rack with your socks inside and hang your coat up. Don’t leave your bag near the door.

    - Put the equipment or toys away neatly when you are done with them.

    - Keep the changing rooms neat – pile your belongings neatly during class and take them home when you are done.

    - Don’t leave food, drinks or garbage lying around – use the trash can. If the trash can is full, ask for a trash bag and empty it!

    - If you make a mess, clean it up!


2) Respect your instructors and parents by using good etiquette!

    - When you are watching class, keep your voice low and don’t disturb the class.

    - All students, even those not in class, should bow and salute the flag when classes are bowing in or out.

    - Call your instructors Sir or Ma’am; when using their name say Mr, Ms, Kyosa or Master depending on their rank.

    - Shake hands with two hands.

    - Keep your dobak clean. Learn to tie your dobak and belt properly. If you wear a t-shirt, it should be white. Remember: your dobak is YOUR responsibility; not your parents’.

    - Remember that your parents are the reason you can do martial arts. ALWAYS show them respect.


3) Respect your training by doing your best!

    - Practice at home.

    - NEVER use your martial arts training to bully others.

    - Remember that you always represent our dojang. Always be polite, respectful, work hard and show good discipline.

    - Have fun, but work hard too!

    - Always do your best. 

Suggested Reading

Tang Soo Do: The Ultimate Guide to the Korean Martial Art 

This is the most complete reference guide to the Korean art of Tang Soo Do (Moo Duk Kwan) ever published. It covers the 19 forms from white belt to black belt (fourth dan master grade), explaining in step-by-step detail the various moves and techniques of each form. This guide also includes the complete lineage of the Moo Duk Kwan, which is the world's most popular style of Tang So Doo. The author, Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee, is the president and chief technical advisor of the international Tang Soo Do association.  You can find it on Amazon.


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