Bowing in and Class Oaths
At the beginning and ending of every class, the students and instructor will bow in/out and recite the Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo or the Tiny Tiger Oath. These oaths are a promise to ourselves, our Taekwondo school, our classmates, and our families that we will strive to live with black belt values at all times. Being a black belt is an attitude and way of thinking that can enhance all aspects of our lives. The Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo and Tiny Tiger oath reinforce the idea that you don’t just act like a black belt in Taekwondo class.
Depending on the age level of the student, bow-in and bow-out procedures will be slightly different. See the appropriate level for you or your student below:
At the beginning and ending of every class, the lead instructor will have students line up according to belt rank. Students will face the instructor, stand at attention, then bow. They will raise their right hand and follow the instructor as they recite the oath:
“I promise to be a good person,
with knowledge in my mind,
honesty in my heart,
strength in my body,
to make good friends,
and become a black belt leader.”
Karate for Kids/Adult Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo
At the beginning and ending of every class, the high ranking student will lead the class in bowing in or out. Students will recite the opening oath at the beginning of class and the closing oath at the end of class.
High ranking student: “Face the flags, chah-reot kyeong-neh.” All students will bow silently to the flag.
High ranking student: “Songahm spirit of Taekwondo she-jahk.”
All students will the recite the oaths below:
- Opening oath:
“Sir/Ma’am, I will practice in the spirit of Taekwondo,
with courtesy for fellow students,
loyalty for my instructor,
and respect for my juniors and seniors, Sir/Ma’am.”
- Closing oath:
“Sir/Ma’am, I will live with perseverance in the spirit of Taekwondo,
having honor with others,
integrity within myself,
and self control in my actions, Sir/Ma’am.”
High ranking student: “Chah-reot kyeong-neh.”
All students bow and say “ATA!”
**Note on bowing and saying “ATA!”
Usually after bowing, ATA students will loudly say “ATA!” to show spirit, ATA unity, and to signal their readiness to train. However, when reciting the oaths, students will not say “ATA!” on the first bow before the oath. Students will only say “ATA!” on the final bow after the oath has been completed. All bows to the flags should be silent.