| A Message
from Master Petrotta
people who want to learn martial arts are apprehensive in making long
commitments. Unfortunately, traditional Korean martial arts
cannot be learned in a
few short weeks. Agility, stamina, strength, quick reflexes,
confidence, self control
and true ability to defend oneself, are all qualities that require
diligent practice over
an extended period of time under the guidance of a qualified
instructor. If one is
sincere about learning, then a commitment of time and a financial
required. If you make this commitment, the rewards will be
remember, what you put in, you will get back, many times over.
Code of Ethics:
|Always honor one's
family without expectation of receiving. Strive for family honor
because it is a lifelong responsibility.
|Honor your teacher
or teachers. Give and sacrifice without the expectation of
receiving, as it is a lifetime responsibility to your teacher, who
gives you the gift of
|Treat your fellow
students as a brother or sister. By giving and helping them to be
better, you will strengthen yourself.
|Senior students, be
humble. Treat junior students as equals, thus enabling you to
have the respect and position of a senior .
|Junior students, be
respectful to your senior. Their treatment of you as an equal is
a sign that they are starting to understand a deeper meaning and are
senior respect. This humbleness is to be respected.
yourself knowledgeable, regardless of time in training. We are only
on a staircase that is very long with no apparent end.
everyone will have strengths greater than yourself, regardless of
their time in the art. Try to help their weaknesses and your weaknesses
eventually strengthened .
|Senior students are
responsible to demonstrate the Code of Ethics in and out of
class. This demonstrates the strength of your art and makes good
|Rely on your
teacher's judgment. Many times you may not agree with policies, or
actions, but it is your responsibility to stand behind them and strive
understanding as junior students do towards you. Remember one is just
on a step
and possibly the next step will give you better understanding.
are human. They make mistakes and have human problems
like anyone else. Realize that no human will be a perfect example. It is
and understanding that makes you strong by humanness and appreciating
gains of self-perfecting Moo-Do
|Be an example of
courtesy, regardless of what step you are on in Moo-Do.
Courtesy in and out of class is a sign of strength. By giving courtesy,
courtesy and respect.
|Allow criticism and
suggestions by anyone. Others can catch something that is
very true and helpful, if you are open. Remembering we are all equal
thinking we know a lot, means we know very little.
criticize your teacher. Hold your doubts or criticisms to yourself
and possibly your view will change later on the matter. Criticizing
back to your
teacher says your are their equal in knowledge. This is considered very
and essentially you need another teacher .
|Don't think of
criticism as personal. Criticism is only suggestions or sharing to
gain better refinement from outside eyes. This is the reason to take
classes in the
yourself earnestly, try your best even if it's not up to your
|Sparring practice is
practice in containing one's ego. Approach this practice with
a smile and from that you will be better at it. Containment of one's
ego is essential
for proper energy and total ness.
|The showing of too
much power in any joint exercises shows you have low-Level
ego containment. Use of technique with kindness and appreciation is a
strength. To intimidate others is low level.
|Tenacity. It is your
responsibility to try your best in all classes. Do not allow
yourself to just follow or stand idle. Practice yourself, regardless of
your grasp of or
ability of the technique. It is your responsibility to not complain of
tiredness or your
ability to do the practice. Keep your frustrations to yourself.
cleanliness means refined mind. Clean clothes and body
show by example the honor and ethics you hold.
|Never ask for
knowledge. Let the teachers decide when you are ready. To ask is
a sign that you have done what has already been given you. Remember any
knowledge has a lifetime of perfecting. By working hard on what you
have is the first
sign that you are ready for more and deserve it.
|Always remember your
teacher's birthday or any special holidays. Give them a
gift of appreciation from your heart no matter how small.
|If you are far away
from your teacher and you visit them or any other teachers,
it is proper to bring them a small gift each time. This can be food for
casual visits or presents suitable for more important visits. This is traditionally
|If you have had a
falling out with your teacher, but want to reestablish your
connection, it is most important to bring a gift upon your first
contact and to give
your humble apology, regardless of whether you feel it is totally
|| Anytime one invites
the teacher over to their home or anywhere else, it is
essential that there is always food and drink available. This shows
good manners and
|Always address your
teacher with their respected title in or out of class. They
should not be addressed by their first names unless told to do so. The
teacher, Master, SabomNim, Mr. Or Mrs., shows respect. By calling
them by their first
name means you are not acknowledging their training level, and breaches
your teacher with their title to students, friends or to the public,
in or out of class.
|Always address your
teacher by their title when writing letters to them or signing
checks. This is a lifetime responsibility of respect.
|Bowing to your
teacher, other students, coming in or out of your training area or
in public is a sign of respect. It is the Oriental way of hand shaking.
Bowing is purely
personal and does not mean we bow down to one person or another. It is
pure sign or respect and gratitude.
|Never debate the
cost of instruction with the teacher. If you feel it is too high, find
another who charges less. Also, always be timely with your tuition.
Teachers in turn
will always be timely with their instruction. It is a sign of respect.
|Try not to be late
to class. If you are late, apologize to the teacher upon entering
the class. If you must come late or must leave early, discuss this
matter with your
teacher ahead of time. It is disrespectful to leave class early without
Always bow to the teacher when entering or leaving. *Especially if
entering late or
|Each system has
traditions if it is a complete art. Pay good attention to these
traditions, for these represent that particular system. Proper
acceptance and usage
of these traditions shows your skill level. Sloppy tradition means
which means sloppy practitioner .
|Without being asked,
clean training area or various parts of the school, like the
bathroom, etc. This shows good humbleness and respect, regardless of
should know and
feel comfortable with the teacher's rules and be
able and willing to explain with understanding these traditions to
junior students. Traditions have reasons and one should understand the
necessity for them.
|The longer you study
from a teacher, the more you represent them. After five
years, you represent your teacher .
schools or teachers
|When going to
participate in other schools, it is always important to ask the
teacher's permission first.
|If allowed to
participate, make sure you always pay for the class or leave some
kind of tribute to show your appreciation, regardless of whether the
that money or tribute is necessary.
|If inviting a
teacher or senior from another school or system out to dinner, always
open the door for them, allowing them to enter first. Always pay their
meals with no
reservations as to cost. Never allow them to pay. This represents your
training of you and gives face to not only you but the system you came
|When eating with
anyone senior, especially your teacher or with other teachers,
always wait until they have eaten their first bite of food before
starting to eat
yourself. Eating before your seniors start is considered very poor
ethics and shows a
lack of respect.
This Code of Ethics will
help you understand our art and its players
and they will
make you a stronger practitioner. It is believed that this strength
will also bring
wisdom. There is no order for these rules. If you empty your cup of tea
you will see
your strengths and your weaknesses and, individually will have your