There are three basic ideals
for those who study Taekwon-Do:
1. By developing an upright
mind and a strong body, we will acquire the self-confidence to
stand on the side of justice at all times.
2. We shall unite with all men in a common brotherhood, without
regard to religion, race, national or idealogical boundaries.
3. We shall dedicate ourselves to building a peaceful human society
in which justice, morality, trust and humanism prevail.
Classes are held at the Sheridan County YMCA on Monday and Wednesday
evenings, (juniors at 6:00, and adults at 6:45) and Friday evenings at 6:00 for all ages.
What to expect when you join
class, and what we expect of new students
There is an orientation for new students
the first night of each new session at the 'Y', so it's necessary
to be there that first night. Wear comfortable clothing that allows
you to move freely. When you enter the gym, please remove your
shoes and socks, as well as any jewelry, watches, and caps.
Rules of the Dojang
Bowing is a traditional formality
in Taekwon-Do. It is used:
-To begin and end class.
-When addressing the instructor.
-When entering the Dojang.
-When leaving the Dojang.
-Before and after working with a partner.
here to find out more about bowing in Taekwon-Do.)
Workout clothes will be clean and wrinkle free.
No horseplay will be tolerated.
Students must be on time for class or other workouts.
Students must attend class regularly to test for next belt level.
Be ready for class; bring a good attitude, be neat and clean.
No footwear will be worn in the Dojang without the instructor's
Students will not teach without instructor's permission (inside
or outside the Dojang).
Students should concentrate on their own techniques rather than
that of others.
Students misusing Taekwon-Do such as by starting fights will be
suspended from class.
Instructors will not teach Taekwon-Do to anyone who misuses this
Students should not show off. If friends want to see a move or
have you show them something, invite them to class; there is more
to Taekwon-Do than just the moves.
No jewelry will be worn during class. Wedding rings are allowed
but you may be required to wrap the ring with tape for safety
Any shirt worn under the dobok (women only) should be white, with
no logo on the shirt.
There will be no profanity in the Dojang.
Words like ya, nah, huh and can't should not
even come to class. Instead, use Yes Sir, No Sir, and
I don't understand Sir.
Everyone must keep a notebook and be responsible for its contents.
Fingernails and toenails must be kept reasonably trimmed for safety.
Speak respectfully to one another.
Students should ask permission from the instructor before leaving
the workout floor or entering the floor when class is in progress.
Students arriving late for class will do pushups before asking
to join the class.
Students should be courteous in the hallway.
Instructors do not intend to give up on any students, you must
not give up on yourself.
We who study Taekwon-Do do aspire to these virtues:
- We are proud to study the spirit of Taekwon-Do
- We shall be quick to seize opportunity
- We shall always practice patience
- We shall aim to achieve the tenets of Taekwon-Do:
Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance,
Self Control, Indomitable Spirit.
(Click here to find out
more about the tenets of Taekwon-Do)
The Taekwon-Do philosophy of calmness and confidence is the objective.
Individual self improvement and to be a useful member of society
is our goal.
Taekwon-Do students must never
brag about their abilities, because there is always someone who
is better than we are. There are also people who are looking for
a fight, and they would like to brag about beating up a Taekwon-Do
student. As part of the Courtesy principle, we as Taekwon-Do students
must do all we can to avoid a fight, using our minds as our best
weapons for self-defense.
Students of Taekwon-Do must
be humble. Do not demonstrate your "skill" to anyone
except the instructor. Do not boast of times when you used Taekwon-Do
techniques outside of class, or when you could have used them.
Never threaten anyone, or tell them that you will use Taekwon-Do
techniques on them.
opportunities, what to expect, pre-test
Color Belt testings for the state of Wyoming are held every 3
months. The location is rotated between Casper, Rock Springs and
Sheridan. When you are ready to test, your instructor will let
you know. A week or two before each testing, we will run a pre-test
during class. It is your responsibility to study for the written
test, which will be given the week prior to the testing.
notes on testing
1) It takes a minimum of 3 months before the first rank advancement.
2)The student must have regular class attendance to be considered
for rank advancement.
3) Regular class attendance means being at class at least 80%
of the time. This means a student can miss a maximum of 7 classes
in between testings and still be considered for the next testing.
4) The items a student must know for a rank advancement:
a: There is a written test.
That information will be covered in regular class and with handout
sheets, a passing grade is above a 70%.
b: Knowledge of basic techniques and the ability to perform
c: Knowledge and ability to perform prearranged patterns.
d: Knowledge and ability to perform step-sparring.
e: Knowledge and ability to perform self-defense.
5) Students are required to
keep a folder for handout sheets they receive in class.
6) It is to be noted that not all students will be ready for rank
advancement in any three month period. If they are not requested
to test the student should be ready for the next regular testing
time. It is up to the instructor to determine when a student is
ready for rank advancement.
7) It should also be noted that your instructor's goal is for
all students to be ready for rank advancement at every opportunity.
As instructors, it is our goal that every student have a positive
experience and realize their goal in Taekwon-Do, what ever that
goal may be.
The Sheridan Taekwon-Do Club is a
member club of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation. The USTF
is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. Senior Grandmaster C.E. "Chuck"
Sereff is the President Emeritus of the organization. The USTF is divided
into 10 regions. We are in Region 2, which includes Wyoming, Colorado,
Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii. Our Regional Director is Grand Master
Kirk Steadman, IX Dan, from Colorado. Our State Director is Mr. Tony Giese, VI Dan from Casper.