The Student/Instructor Relationship

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Student – Je-ja – 젲아

1. Never tire of learning. A good student can learn anywhere, any time. This is the secret to knowledge.

2. A good student must be willing to sacrifice for his art and instructor. Many students feel their training is a commodity bought by monthly dues and are unwilling to take part in demonstrations, teaching and working around the do jang. An instructor can afford to lose this type of student.

3. Always set a good example for lowering ranking students. It is only natural they will attempt to emulate senior students.

4. Always be loyal and never criticize the instructor, Taekwon-Do or the teaching methods.

5. If an instructor teaches a technique, practice it and attempt to utilize it.

6. Remember that a student’s conduct outside of the do jang reflects on the art and instructor.

7. If a student adopts a technique from another do jang and the instructor disapproves of it the students must discard it immediately or train at the gym where the technique was learned.

8. Never be disrespectful of the instructor. Though a student may disagree with the instructor, the student must first follow instruction and then discuss the matter later.

9. A student must always be eager to learn and ask questions.

10. Never betray the instructor. 

Instructor – Sabum nim –

1. Never tire of teaching. A good instructor can teach anywhere, any time and always be ready to answer questions.

2. An instructor should be eager for his students to surpass him; it is the ultimate compliment for an instructor. A student should never be held back. If the instructor realizes his student has developed beyond his teaching capabilities, the student should be sent to a higher ranking instructor.

3. An instructor must always set a good example for his students and never attempt to defraud them.

4.  The development of students should take precedent over commercialism. Once an instructor becomes concerned with materialism, he will lose the respect of his students.

5. Instructors should teach scientifically and theoretically to save time and energy.

6. Instructors should help students develop good contacts outside the do jang. It is an instructor’s responsibility to develop students outside as well as inside the do jang.

7. Students should be encouraged to visit other do jangs and study other techniques. Students who are forbidden to visit other do jangs are likely to become rebellious. There are two advantages to allowing students to visit other gyms; not only is there a possibility that a student may observe a technique that is ideally suited for him, but he may have a chance to learn by comparing his techniques to inferior techniques.

8. All students should be treated equally, there should be no favorites. Students should always be scolded in private, never in front of the class.

9. If the instructor is not able to answer the student’s questions, he should not fabricate an answer but admit he does not know and attempt to find out the answer as soon as possible. All too often, will a lower degree black belt dispense illogical answers to his students merely because he is afraid of “losing face” because he does not know the answer.

10. An instructor should not seek any favors such as cleaning the do jang, doing repair work, etc. from his students.

11. An instructor should not exploit his students. The only purpose of an instructor is to produce both technically and mentally excellent students.

12. Always be honest with students, and never break a trust.