A. Apparel & Uniforms:


            1) All students are required to wear a complete Do-Bak (uniform): white jacket and pants, white tee shirt, school patch (which must be sewn on correctly on the left side), and rank belt once they‘ve become Second High White Belts.

Advanced students (Red Belt and up) may wear either a black or white Do-Bak with a white or black school tee shirt. Black Belts may wear mixed colors or special demo uniforms, provided they are approved by the Chief Instructor. If you are not in uniform, you will be asked to line up behind all the other ranks.


            2) Beginner students (who do not yet have Do-Baks) should wear loose, comfortable clothing such as sweatpants (or jogging pants) with a white tee shirt or sweatshirt. No jeans or shorts allowed, as they may impede you from doing certain exercises.


B. Equipment & Manuals:


            1) All students, Third High White Belt and up, are required to bring sparring equipment to class every day. This includes head guard, mouth guard, gloves, sparring boots, shin guards, and groin cups for males. (Chest protectors and forearm guards optional.) Students will not be permitted to spar if they are not fully prepared!


            2) Second High White Belts and up must bring in their Ro Insler Taekwondo Student Manual to class every day. They contain papers that may be reviewed at any given time, and should always be on hand for new papers or forms which may be handed out in class.


            3) Being prepared for class is your responsibility--this means being in uniform and having your equipment and manual every day, otherwise be prepared for the consequences!


C. Safety Measures:


            1) All jewelry must be removed before class begins. Earrings, wristwatches, necklaces or bracelets may get caught and pulled. It’s best to leave all jewelry at home.


            2) Do-Bak pant legs must be of a proper length (just to the top of the foot) and must be stitched up (not rolled up) to avoid slipping and sliding. Do-bak sleeves should not cover the hands, and must also be stitched up.


            3) No socks or shoes permitted. Special martial arts shoes are only permitted for medical reasons. This is for everyone’s safety.


            4) Long hair should be put up in a pony tail or similar manner. No head or sweat bands allowed, unless they are approved by the Instructor.


            5) No chewing gum or other food allowed during class. It is recommended that you eat a snack before attending class, if needed.






D. Personal Hygiene:


            1) Toenails and fingernails should be clipped and kept clean.


            2) Keep a pack of moist wipes or a bottle of Purell (or other anti-bacterial hand cleaner) in your bag to clean your feet and hands after class. Also, hands should be washed before class begins.


            3) Do-Baks should be clean, neat, and washed at least once per week. A tee shirt under the Do-Bak will absorb perspiration and (also using a deodorant daily) will help keep the uniform cleaner and smelling nice.


            4) Keep yourself clean and smelling nice. It gets really hot in the Do-Jang, and with all the exercise and close contact...well, let’s just say we wouldn‘t want to be offensive!


                A good deal of our self-defense and sparring requires one-on-one, personal contact--please be considerate of your partners (and yourself) by staying clean and healthy!


E. Health Awareness & Responsibility:


            1) Notify us of any health issues immediately, especially if there’s a condition that requires medication or limitation of activity. Such information will be kept strictly confidential. In some instances, a physician’s release to participate may be required.


            2) Soda, sports drinks or other sweet and/or caffeine-laden drinks should be avoided before or during class. They may give you an energy “boost” at first, but may end up wearing you down during extensive exercise. We recommend that you drink and/or bring in a bottle of water or fruit juice to quench your thirst. The best way to maintain a good energy level is to eat properly, drink plenty of water throughout the day, take vitamins, and get a good night’s sleep!


            3) Avoid cigarette smoking, alcohol and drugs. Use of these substances is especially hazardous when mixed with a physical and tasking sport such as Karate. Smoking can affect breathing and circulation and, in some cases, has been associated with seizures or heart attacks during exercise.

            Alcohol and drug use can seriously affect memory, judgment, stamina and overall performance. Furthermore, alcohol and drug use may impede equilibrium, vision, distance and strength perception, as well as the ability for self-control. Not only are these substances hazardous to your health and safety, they can also pose a great hazard to others. Just think what could happen in class if you were drunk or “high” while doing self-defense or sparring! Need we say more?

            Any student exhibiting signs of alcohol and/or drug use (especially if attending class “under the influence”) will be immediately expelled and may not return until clean and sober.


            Our students’ safety and well-being is our first concern. We don’t presume to dictate what students should or should not do in their own privacy, however, it would be completely irresponsible and hazardous to subject others to unsafe conditions because of personal preferences!