STUDENTS' ETIQUETTE REGARDING GRANDMASTER KIM SOO
Yolanda Horace, 5th Gup, Houston, Texas
As students of the Chayon Ryu system, we are advised and trained on many
things such as forms, techniques, and basic principles.
One of the most important subjects we are taught every day is showing
the proper respect to our system founder Grandmaster Kim Soo. Sometimes
we may be informal with each other, but when speaking to or in the presence
of Grandmaster we must use proper etiquette at all times.
There are several etiquette rules the martial artist should adhere to
regarding Kwan Jang Nim:
1. Never, never, call Grandmaster by his
first name. This is extremely rude. In eastern (martial arts) culture,
this is considered an insult. Always use proper terminology such as Grandmaster
Kim Soo, Kwan Jang Nim, or Do Sa Nim. This is giving proper respect for
dedicating many years to his training, experience, and an honorable appreciation
to Kwan Jang Nim for sharing his art.
2. Besides showing propriety in your address,
you must also show propriety in your behavior. Patting on the back is
not acceptable, whereas bowing is.
3. When in a sitting position in front of
Grandmaster, your body should be straight and at attention. Having a lazy
appearance is considered tasteless.
4. Always sit with your legs crossed
and closed when in his presence. Legs apart not only shows disrespect
to Grandmaster, but also to the dojang.
5. When Grandmaster is lecturing on Chayon
Ryu history, forms, or sharing his stories, you should give your full
and undivided attention. It is not uncommon to see students with their
eyes closed, looking through the window, playing with their feet, or even
whispering with their friends. This displays a total lack of respect.
6. If you arrive late while Grandmaster
is conducting class, walk quietly and wait for acknowledgement from him
then join the class. After he has finished teaching, apologize for running
7. If you have to leave class early, advise
Grandmaster before class and explain the reason. On your exit, bow to
him again to show respect and appreciation for his understanding.
8. If you see Grandmaster doing a chore,
stop what ever you are doing and take over. This is not his responsibility
to clean the dojang! It belongs to the students. It is shameful not to
offer assistance as needed.
9. Never sit down in class unless Grandmaster
gives his permission. This is usually given when he is demonstrating a
technique, lecturing or when stretching
10. Don't have the mindset of since you are paying
your fee you do not have to show proper respect. Just because you pay
your dues, it does not give you the right to be disrespectful.
11. Be obedient when following Grandmaster's instructions.
If he advises you to teach a lower rank their requirements, do as he asks.
Don't try to teach a white belt a green belt form because you want to
show off your skills. He knows what is best for each and every student.
These are just a few ways of showing etiquette. There are many more, but
they will be acquired throughout your training. The students of
Chayon Ryu will benefit from following the proper ways of showing respect