The Ideal Instructor
General Choi Hong Hi
Soldiers are as strong as the general who leads them, and, in a like manner, students can only excel under an excellent instructor. We cannot expect a bamboo to grow in a field of reeds, nor can we expect to find an outstanding pupil under an unqualified teacher. It is of particular importance that the two aspects of Taekwon-Do, the spirit and the technique, must be taught together. Therefore, a qualified instructor must combine the qualities of a scholar and a soldier if he is to produce pupils of noble character and outstanding skills.
Such an instructor must possess the following qualities:
- Strong moral and ethical standard.
- Clear outlook and philosophy in life.
- Responsible attitude as an instructor.
- Scientific mind in matters of technique.
- Knowledge of the vital spots of human anatomy.
- Unshakable integrity in political and financial dealings.
- Dedication to spread the art of Taekwon-Do throughout the world.
- One who gains confidence from his seniors is trusted by his fellow instructors, and is respected by his juniors.
Insight into Class Procedures
There are numerous Taekwon-Do organizations with hundreds of instructors teaching in hundreds of Dojangs. Each organization and instructor teaches his or her own interpretation of Tae Kwon-Do and operates his or her Dojang in accordance with his or her own rules and protocol Training in Taekwon-Do is mental, as well as physical. In addition to self-defense techniques, students learn to build self-control, discipline, and respect for other people. As a part of the training, certain traditions and formal behaviors are observed (protocol). These behaviors do not have any type of religious symbolism; they merely show respect for the oriental cultural roots of Tae Kwon- Do.
Etiquette is an integral part of Dojang protocol. Etiquette is your actions that express your respect of another person. Etiquette is a lofty and valued attitude and is a source of harmony and solidarity. To maintain order in a Taekwon-Do class, there must be strict discipline and enforcement of the rules of etiquette. A moral and modest attitude is important in etiquette.
Students must constantly be guided by a deep respect for Taekwon-Do, the Dojang, and all members of the Dojang. Good manners, politeness, courteous behavior, and maintenance of formal etiquette are part of training. Students must know Dojang protocol and always obey it.