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ATA Martial Arts Academy
1007 Waterdam Plaza Drive, McMurray, Pa. 724-942-9522

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SONGAHM SPIRIT OF TAEKWONDO  
                   
I will practice in the Spirit of Taekwondo,
with Courtesy for Fellow Students,
Loyalty for my Instructor,
and Respect for my Juniors and Seniors
 

I shall live with Perseverance in the Spirit of Taekwondo
Having Honor with Others,
Integrity within myself,
and Self Control in my Actions

 
Color Belt Ranking System and Forms
      

9th Grade White
Songahm 1

8th Grade Orange    7th Grade Yellow
Songahm 2 & 3

6th Grade Camo*       5th Grade Green
Form: Songahm 4 & 5

4th Grade Purple         3rd Grade Blue
In Wha 1 & 2

2nd Grade Brown R**     2nd Grade Brown D
Chung Jung 1

1st Grade Red R   1st Grade Red D
Chung Jung 2

1st Degree Black Belt R
Chung Jung 2 and
required previous forms

1st Degree Black Belt D***
Shim Jun

Basic Commands in Korean  
Char Reot - Attention
Kyeong Nae - Bow
June Bee - Ready
She Jahk - Start / Begin
Shi Uh - At Ease / Rest
Bah Ro - Return to Ready Position
Keu Mahn - Stop

What is Block Training?  You may notice that a student wearing
an Orange Belt may be performing the Yellow Belt Form.

This is Block Training.

To maximize the time the instructors may spend with a particular group of
students, certain ranks are grouped together, or "blocked."  The Orange &
Yellow Belts are combined in one block, learning the same form together.
So are the Camo & Green Belts, also the Purple & Blue Belts.

On one session the Orange & Yellow Belts will work on the Orange Belt
material together.  On the following session, they would perform the
Yellow Belt material.     Like This....

Session A
Orange & Yellow - Orange Belt material
Camo & Green -
Camo Belt material
Purple & Blue -
Purple Belt material

Session B
Orange & Yellow - Yellow Belt material
Camo & Green -
Green Belt material
Purple & Blue -
Blue Belt material

* Students must purchase sparring gear upon testing to the
rank of Camo Belt.

** Students must join the Black Belt Club weapons training
program at promotion to the rank of Brown Belt

*** Students must have attended at least one ATA-Sanctioned
tournament prior to testing for the rank of Black Belt Decided

THE UNIFORM 
Your uniform represents your art and your school,
An unkempt and poorly maintained uniform shows disrespect for both.
This includes the proper attachment of all required patches and trim.
It uniform should be clean, neat, and odor free.

UNIFORM CARE
Wash you uniform in cold water.
Never use bleach! Bleach will cause patches to bleed and stain the uniform.
(If you need to whiten it a bit, use LaFrance in the wash water instead.)
Don't machine dry.  Drip dry is best.

PERSONAL PRESENTATION
Male students are required to have the hair cut above the collar.
Female students should wear their hair pulled back.

Male students may not wear any other clothing items under the jacket top.
Female students are required to wear a plain white T-shirt under the jacket top.

Jewelry should not be worn, especially long earrings and necklaces.  
Wedding rings are acceptable, but it is wise and safe to turn any protrusions inside for safety reasons.
Students with pierced ears may wear small posts, but note:
Students/parents are solely and entirely responsible for any injuries resulting from jewelry.  

PATCHES
Patches must be sewn on, and all appropriate patches must be on the uniform at all times.
Patches may not be used a pockets.
Pinned on patches are not allowed.  Pins are an safety hazard!
Students with missing patches are considered out of uniform.
Only patches required by the ATA or your instructor are permitted on the uniform.

ATTACHMENT OF PATCHES
Sew them on.  Period. Just do it.
All of the other "easy" ways: Velcro, pins, & snaps, whatever, are more trouble than they are worth in the long run.  
Pins are downright hazardous!  Don't even try them.  
Merit Stars, which the student worked for, are often found on the Dojang floor.
Sewn the stars on the patches and stars stay put, and they look good.  

BELTS
The belt should be tightly tied and the ends (which represent the balance of body and spirit) should hang evenly.
New belts will come loose more often until they are "trained."
The belt should never be dragged on the floor or treated is a disrespectful manner.
Never wash the belt...if it gets stained or dirty, it must be worn that way.  So...don't get it stained or dirty!
Respect and Responsibility are two of the many things that a martial artist must learn...
Your uniform is a visual representation of both.

BLACK BELT UNIFORM TRIM 
Black Belt trim should be applied the uniform as soon as possible after promotion.
This is the "official" uniform standard regarding the trim:
Black Belt students, beginning with the First Degree Decided rank, wear 1" black trim (7/8" Grosgrain is commonly used and recommended...Don't use satin...it won't hold up!) around the bottom of the uniform jacket. (Stripe should follow the bottom hem, including the side vents.)


See your instructor if you wish to have your uniform professionally trimmed. (recommended)


SPARRING
Sparring is done during regular classes:  Please bring all necessary sparring gear to every class.  
Males must wear groin protection to every class.  
Students Camo belt and above who are not prepared for sparring will not be offered class credit.
A minimum of 5 sparring classes will be required to qualify for rank promotion.

Parents, Note:  We want sparring to be safe and fun...please do your part...read the following:
1.The instructors are not going to call and let you know when sparring will be held in class.
Assume it may be held any class.  Always bring the gear!  "I didn't know there was sparring today" is not an excuse.

2. The instructors are not going to check for groin protection. If your boys aren't wearing it, you are being lazy and irresponsible... Period.  Get with the program.  Some things are best not learned by experience.

3. Refrain from sending your daughters (and sons :-) to class bedecked with jewelry.  A bracelet or chain, or a dangling earring can get caught on the uniform, carpet, hair and cause a nasty injury. A ring can hurt not only the one wearing it, but another student as well. The instructors are not able to search every child to see if a long chain is hidden under their uniform.  If ears are pierced and the earrings cannot be removed, use something small and safe.  
Dangerous items must be removed, and the academy will not be responsible if they are lost.
Some things are best not learned by experience.

4.  Just like playing outdoors, sometimes incidents may happen in sparring class.
The instructors see far, far more students injured at the playground, gymnastics/sports, or their own backyards than in sparring. 
Also, as often as not, it is as much the fault of the recipient of the injury (running into a kick, for example) as the supposed offender.  If there is fault...the instructors will determine it and handle it as they deem appropriate.

So...Shake it off.  Deal with it.  The kids do. It's not about winning or losing either. It's about learning!

 If a parent absolutely cannot stand to see their child spar or is horrified at the thought that their little one may get an occasional ouchie...don't watch.  Remember, this is a martial art you signed them up for. :-)

Scoring Areas:
1 LIGHT (CONTROLLED) CONTACT ONLY.
2.HAND TECHNIQUES TO THE BODY ONLY. (The body is defined as the belt to the shoulders.)
3.KICKING TECHNIQUES ARE PERMITTED TO THE BODY TOWARD THE HEAD. 

Illegal Techniques:
1.No techniques below the belt.
2.No techniques to the back.
3.No hand techniques or feints to the head, face, or throat.
4.No sweeps or takedowns.

Safety Equipment:  All gear must be ATA logo/spec.
1.Hand Pads.  
2.Foot Gear. 
3.Head Gear
4.Mouthpiece*
5. Face Shield
6. Chest Protector
7.Groin Protector (boys)

ATA Spec weapons and gear are required.  The Academy will exercise it's right to reject the use of any gear which does not meet requirements.

*For health and sanitary reasons, any mouthpiece left behind after sparring or any other class will be disposed of at the end of the day.  A spare mouthpiece and a mouthpiece case is highly recommended.  If a student does not have a mouthpiece on a sparring day, one will be issued along with an invoice.