Sandoval's ATA Martial Arts
109 N. Evans St.  Tecumseh, MI  49286
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ATA Tiger Oath
Taekwondo originated in Korea and was introduced to the United States shortly after the Korean War in the middle 1950's.  The American Taekwondo Association defines it as a "martial art that trains people physically and mentally".  The physical skills are obvious in the execution of the techniques; the mental development is apparent in improved attention span, concentration, self-confidence, and self-discipline.  

Class Event Beginning Oath
   I will practice in the Spirit of Taekwondo,
   With courtesy for fellow students,
   Loyalty for my instructors,
   And respect for my juniors and seniors,

   I shall live with perserverance in the 
        Spirit of Taekwondo,
   Having honor with others,
   Integrity within myself,
   And self control in my actions,
Class Event Ending Oath
To be a good person,
Knowledge in the mind,
Honesty in the heart,
Strength in the body,
To make good friends, 
And to become a Black Belt leader.

Classroom Etiquette and Protocol
The class sessions follow the standard ATA format, which is a proven program, and is exceptionally successful in teaching self-discipline and respect.  While the mood and tone of each class session may vary, the basic standard is followed.  

ATA classes are fun and interesting, but well disciplined.  The instructor keeps order in the classroom to allow the class to be more effective.  Students also find that they get more from the classes when the class is well disciplined.  

In order to be comfortable and knowledgable with the courtesies expected, the new student may 
review the following list;

1. Students and instructors will bow to the flags each time they enter and or leave the classroom area, even if the area is not being used for workout.  (The bow is the oriental "handshake" used in showing respect and feeling of community toward the flags, fellow students, and instructors).

2. If a student is tardy for class, they should bow at the edge of the workout floor and wait to be recognized by the instructor.  They may then ask permission to join the class.  (The instructor may then assign warm-up and or other excercise, as appropriate).

3. Students should use the restroom before coming to class.  If neccessary, it is acceptable during class to ask permission to be excused.

4. Students will respond "Yes/No, Sir" or "Yes/No, Ma'am", as appropriate, in all conversations with instructor; students will stand respectfully and bow whenever greeting an instructor, in or out of the classroom.

5. Students will address instructors by the last name and the proper title (Mr., Mrs., Miss), regardless of any personal or family relationship.

6. If a student is in the room when "Songham Spirit of Taekwondo" pledge is recited, they must stand at attention and recite the pledge with the group, whether in uniform or not.

7. If a student does not understand a direction, they are allowed to raise their hand and ask that the instructions be repeated.  A student is expected, however to pay careful attention so the class may proceed without interruption.

8. The Senior student among students of the same rank is the one who achieved the rank first.  If the rank was earned at the same time, seniority may be determined by length of time in Taekwondo or by chronological age.  An instructor may also prefer to "rotate" the senior position.

9. No student, regardless of rank, may instruct or correct another student without the direct and specific permission and supervision of the instructor.

10. Permission of the students instructor is required before a student may attend another ATA school. 

11.  Students will turn away from the instructor when adjusting their uniform.