When you bow, it signifies not only respect for your instructors and classmates, but respect for yourself, the art and life in general. It is a universally understand gesture that signifies respect and appreciation.
Bowing normally takes place at the beginning and end of practice sessions, from the edge of the mat or practice area towards the flags and when greeting/ addressing an instructor. Generally it is customary that the junior bows first to the senior. You should always bow to your instructor regardless of where you are at (supermarket, mall, etc).
Bowing should be performed with the heels together, hands open at your side with fingers together (or closed in a fist) and shoulders pulled back bowing from the waist. (see photo below)
Inside the Dojang
There are two ways to sit inside the Dojang. Legs crossed or kneeling (see photos)
Before class (please try not to come more than 15 minutes early or 5 minutes late) make sure to check in (scan your card- shown right) and if the previous class is still going on, please quietly wait in the lobby.
Once the previous class is dismissed, students may stretch, practice forms/basics, or use a punching bag. Students should refrain from running around, making contact with each other of any kind, roughhousing, tumbling, playing with equipment or any other unsafe behavior.