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About Dojang 도장


When you reach senior belt you are expected to guide the junior belts when they are beginning Taekwondo such as showing by example.

Dojang is a term used in Korean martial arts, such as taekwondo, Kuk Sool Won, and hapkido, that refers to a formal training hall. It is typically considered the formal gathering place for students of a martial art to conduct training, examinations and other related encounters.

Meaning

Dojang

Do (道) means 'the way' or 'art' and Jang (場) means 'a place'. Which makes dojang the place where one practices the way. In the case of martial arts it is the place where one practices the path of that martial art, much like dojo in Japanese. More specific terms such as "hapkidojang" or "taekwondojang" can be used for particular subtypes of dojang. The word dojang (道場) originates from Buddhism. The dojang is a place where meditation and practice takes place in the temple.

Decoration

The dojang walls can be decorated with a variety of items ranging from the national and federation flag to pictures and calligraphy and boards with the names of techniques practiced in the dojang on it. In general, Korean dojangs are usually heavily decorated.

In dojangs where the practice of the art may involve much falling, there will usually be mats on the floor. In older days the floor could also be covered with the sacks rice was stored in, but in modern days there are a variety of mats available.

At the beginning of class, students may line up according to their rank – the highest-ranking students at the front left and the lowest-ranking students at the back right from the point of view of the students. If several students are of the same rank, age or age of rank may determine their places in line.

Usage

The Korean word for gym is more commonly translated as Che Yuk Gwan (체육관), which means 'sports place'. Dojang refers to the actual place in the gym where practice takes place.

The equivalent Japanese term for "dojang" is "dōjō" (道場), which means "place of the way." While the Chinese equivalent is wu guan (武館), which means "house of military."

 

 

 

 

Question. What is the korean terminology for High Block?

A high block deflects a downward strike such as a hammer fist, a stick or a face punch from a taller opponent. The blocking arm starts low with the hand in a relaxed fist across the abdomen(over the belt) with the palm facing upward.

 

Question. What is the korean terminology for Palm Heel Pressing Block?

A standard block used to deflect incoming kicks and punches. Open the hand and use the "bottom of the palm" to block the trunk area. The bottom of the palm is called batangson ( 바탕손 ). The open hand is raised up to shoulder height and thrust directly down to meet the attackers hand or limb.

 

 

 

There are five tenets defined in the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) and several more in World Taekwondo (WT).

Indomitable spirit ( Baekjul Boolgool / 백절불굴 ): "To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do." View Taekwondo Tenets »

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