Rules and Regulations
& Health and Safety Policy
Rules and Regulations & Health and Safety Policy
This document sets out the Lloyd Taekwon-do Schools policies and practices with a General Statement which includes references to Child Protection Policy, Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards, and Health and Safety Policy.
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2. New Starters
The Lloyd Taekwon-do Schools are members of the Heart of England ITF group which is a Partner of the UITF Taekwon-do Association. All Instructors comply with the UITF Taekwon-do Association policies and procedures.
All our Instructors are qualified to teach Taekwon-do, are First Aid Certificated, are Insured and CRB checked and have to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the UITF Taekwon-do Association and Heart of England ITF group.
For more Information on Child Protection see the Lloyd Taekwon-do Schools Child Protection page.
Lloyd Taekwon-do Schools are committed to providing Martial Arts training to all in an equal opportunities environment irrespective of a person's gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, family circumstance, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction. All Lloyd School Instructors will conduct themselves and their classes in compliance with the following codes of practice.
Lloyd TKD Schools
Instructors and Schools Management
Senior Instructor – Ms Sue Lloyd - 4th degree responsible for Administration, Health & Safety, Welfare and Child Protection
Instructor – Mr Chris Randall – 3rd degree
Mrs Alison Williams – 2nd degree (Rainworth & Mansfield)
Mr Steven Fitch – 3rd degree (Rainworth)
Mr Andrew Cripps – 2nd degree (Mansfield & Pilsley)
Mr Reece Gallagher – 2nd degree (Pilsley)
Miss Daisy Samms - 2nd degree (Pilsley)
Miss Paige Gallagher - 1st degree (Pilsley)
Mr Ryan Alvey – 2nd degree (Sutton)
Heart of England-ITF
Chairman & Child Protection Officer- Master Gary Bradshaw - 7th Degree
If at any time a student / parent or guardian has any concerns or complaints about any of the Lloyd Taekwon-do Schools then in the first instance please raise the issue with the School Instructor, Ms Sue Lloyd.
If you are unhappy with the response received then the issue can be directed to Heart of England-ITF Chairman Master Gary Bradshaw 7th Degree, who will investigate any issues fully.
All persons entering a Dojang or Training Hall have a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act to take care of their own safety and that of others, and to co-operate with the schools to enable them to carry out their own responsibilities successfully. If at any time a student / parent or guardian has any concerns regarding Health and Safety, these should, in the 1st instance be directed to Ms Sue Lloyd. If a satisfactory response is not received then the matter can be dealt with by following the Complaints procedure detailed above.
Lloyd Taekwon-do Schools Instructors are required to undertake Risk Assessments for all training venues to ensure that a safe training environment free from hazards to Instructors, Assistants, Students and Visitors is maintained at all times. To this end all persons entering the Dojang or Training Hall are expected to comply with the requirements of that Risk Assessment. Typically this will include the following requirements and restrictions;
1. Do not enter the Dojang unless instructed to do so by the Instructor or Fully Insured Assistant. Students are not insured against injury unless the Instructor or an Insured Assistant is present.
2. Smoking, use of Drugs and drinking of Alcohol are banned in all Martial Arts Dojangs and Training Halls. Anyone disregarding this ban whether they are Assistants, Students, Parents or Visitors will be asked to leave the Dojang or Training Hall.
3. Do not run around, play games or engage in horse play. Do not undertake any other non-Taekwon-do activity unless instructed to do so by the Instructor.
4. Any damage to the fabric of the Training Hall or the equipment within it must be reported to the Instructor so that they can assess any implications for the Safety or Security of the Training venue.
5. All persons are expected to be alert to their surroundings at all times. A Martial Arts Class by its very nature involves people kicking and punching - anyone moving through the class is at risk of injury - always walk around the edge of the class avoiding any possibility of being struck by a Student or Instructor performing a Technique. If a student is late to class they must make their presence known to the Instructor and await their permission before attempting to join in.
6. Parents, guardians and guests with young children must ensure that they are not allowed to enter the training area at any time unless they are involved in a class activity.
7. Parents, guardians and guests are asked to keep noise levels to a minimum whilst the class is in session so that students are able to clearly understand the Instructor at all times.
8. Parents, guardians and guests must not approach students whilst they are training without the permission of the Instructor. To enter the training area can potentially be very hazardous. The Instructor is responsible for the discipline within the class and will deal with any inappropriate behaviour accordingly. An Instructor will request support from a Parent or Guardian if it is felt necessary.
9. Parents, guardians and guests should avoid approaching the Instructor whilst the class is in session other than for emergencies or serious issues.
10. Do not use any of the equipment within the Dojang or Training Hall unless specifically instructed to do so by the Instructor or their appointed Assistants. Many of the Training Venues are School or Sports Centre Gymnasiums and as such are typically multi-use facilities; they will often have climbing frames, ropes, trampolines, mat trolleys around the edge of the room. Under no circumstances is any of the equipment to be used without the permission of the Instructor. Do not sit on, jump from or generally mess about on mat trolleys. They are often stacked to significant heights and could easily lead to a fall resulting in an injury.
11. Do not use any equipment that has not been supplied by or approved by the Instructor. If a student uses any equipment which is not approved then the Student Insurance may be invalid and the student could become personally liable for any injuries caused by the use of that equipment to other students or third parties. If the Instructor becomes aware that a student is using non-approved equipment they will be prevented from using it.
12. Ensure all drinks are kept away from the training area. Any spillage of fluids must be cleared up immediately to avoid any risk of persons slipping and sustaining injuries. Keep the tops on drink bottles fully closed.
13. Do not leave anything within the training area which could pose a trip hazard to other persons. Pads, kick shields and other training equipment when not in use must be returned to the side of the room and positioned safely. Bags and shoes must also be stacked safely against walls and out of the way of any training activities.
14. In the event of a Power Failure all students, parents, guests and assistants are to stay where they are and await directions from the Instructor. Most buildings have emergency lighting installed but some older buildings may not and it would be hazardous for everyone to start moving around in the dark bumping into each other. The Instructor will have prepared an emergency evacuation procedure. Follow their Instructions.
15. In the event of Fire follow the Fire Safety Procedures for that venue. The Instructor will provide this information if it is not already displayed at the venue. Do not re-enter a building unless directed by the Venue Management, the Instructor or Emergency Services that it is Safe to do so.
1. All information obtained by Instructors about Students and or Assistants, will treated in strictest confidence and only used for the purposes of assessing an individuals needs in relation to their Martial Arts Training. An Assistant or Student may ask at any time to see any information that the School Instructor has on file with the exception of their grading cards which are strictly confidential between the Instructor and the Grading Examiner
2. All new starters will be required to provide information to the Instructor about any issues relating to their current state of health and welfare including;
a. reference to any existing medical conditions which may be affected by Martial Arts Training; i.e. Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart conditions including Angina, Musculo-skeletal disorders, etc
b. reference to any Special Needs or Disabilities
c. a Self-Assessment of current exercise and fitness levels
d. a statement of any injuries that they have prior to commencing training
New starters are required to declare any issues relating to their health, disabilities or special needs on the Student Licence application form.
3. A school Instructor reserves the right to refuse training to any student if they believe the individual is unfit on Medical Grounds for Martial Arts Training. A student or prospective student may be asked to provide a Doctors statement of fitness to train where there are any concerns regarding an individual’s health.
4. All Taekwon-do training will be based on;
a. the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-do as developed by Major General Choi Hong Hi 9th Degree
b. the International Taekwon-do Federation approved principles and practices
c. the Heart of England-ITF approved syllabus
d. the assessment of an individual students skills, fitness and health by their Instructor
e. an Instructor / Student ratio of 1-16 maximum (as determined by the BTC)
5. All new students will be assigned to an Instructor, Assistant or Senior Grade as mentor until such a time as the Instructor believes the individual is advanced sufficiently to work as part of a group or on their own without direct supervision.
6. All new starters will receive age and grade appropriate training to ensure correct and safe development of their Taekwon-do skills. If a new starter has any concerns about their training or development at any stage they should speak to their mentor and or the School Instructor.
7. New starters are not to try any techniques not specifically approved by the School Instructor. It is very easy when starting a new form of exercise for an individual to get carried away and take on more than they are ready for. The Instructor is very experienced in assessing individual skills and abilities. Trust their judgement.
8. Assistants and helpers are not permitted to introduce new techniques to new starters unless it has been approved by the School Instructor.
*(anyone entering a Dojang or Training Hall when a class is in session)
1. Any Accidents or Incidents within the Dojang must be reported to the Instructor who will investigate the incident thoroughly and document as necessary.
2. Any Injuries to Assistants, Students or Visitors must be notified to the Instructor immediately who will determine the appropriate course of action. If anyone suffers an injury / accident in the Training Hall they must ensure that the Instructor has been informed and that the injury / accident is fully documented before leaving the training venue.
3. In the event that any body fluids, including blood, vomit, urine, etc contaminate the Training area all activity in that area must cease and the Instructor informed. The area must not be returned to use until thoroughly cleaned and all risk of cross infection / slip hazards is removed. Assistants and Instructors should be sympathetic to any individuals responsible for such spillages and not broadcast the occurrence across the Training Hall but notify the Instructor discretely. It is likely they will already be upset or embarrassed about the accident and broadcasting the fact will only make them feel even worse.
4. If a student becomes unconscious for any reason; i.e. sparring injury, fainting, etc. The class must be stopped immediately and ensure the casualty is protected from any further harm. The Instructor / appointed First Aider will determine the course of action to be taken. Do not attempt to assist a casualty unless trained to do so. If possible an Assistant should take charge of the class so that the Instructor can deal with the immediate emergency. If no Assistant is available then the class should be dismissed until it is safe to resume training.
5. If a student is injured, has developed any special needs or is suffering from any health problems and their training may be affected by that injury or health problem, or their injury or health problem could be exacerbated by their training, the student, parent or guardian must inform the Instructor before class commences. The Instructor will then be in a position to assess any limitations and adapt the student’s training accordingly. The Instructor will always have the right to refuse training to anyone whom they feel is unfit to train. If a student is refused training they will be given clear reasons why training has been refused. An Instructor has a responsibility for the welfare of all students whilst they are in class and as such will on occasions be required to make decisions which the student may not agree with. Please respect the Instructors decision. If a student, parent or guardian believes they have been treated unfairly then they may lodge a grievance by contacting the Heart of England-ITF Chairman Mr Gary Bradshaw 6th Degree who will investigate any incidents fully.
6. Any student believed to be under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs will be refused training. Taekwon-do training requires that all participants are fully alert at all times within the training hall. Alcohol and Drugs both alter perception to the point where it may become unsafe for the individual under the influence of the Alcohol and Drugs, and for any other students or third parties within the Dojang who come into contact with the person under the influence. Anyone believed to be under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs will be asked to leave the Dojang or Training Hall. If a student, parent or guardian believes they have been treated unfairly then they may lodge a grievance by contacting the Heart of England-ITF Chairman Mr Gary Bradshaw 6th Degree who will investigate any incidents fully.
Free Sparring Safety - including the performance of Step Sparring
1. Students, Assistants and Instructors are required to wear appropriate approved Safety Equipment when free sparring;
For males this includes;
i. Gum Shield
ii. Head Guard
iii. Forearm Guards
iv. Hand Pads
v. Shin Pads
vi. Foot Pads
vii. Groin Guard
For females this includes;
i. Gum Shield
ii. Head Guard
iii. Forearm Guards
iv. Hand Pads
v. Shin Pads
vi. Foot Pads
Anyone not wearing the full required safety equipment will not be allowed to spar. These requirements are for normal class training. Competitions will have different requirements.
2. When students are sparring as part of a normal class, light contact must be used. Anyone who is repeatedly warned about their level of contact may be prevented from taking part in sparring sessions. If there is a mismatch of grades and / or size of student then the Senior Grade or larger student is responsible for ensuring the appropriate level of contact is used. The Instructor will always make this clear to Students at the outset of any Sparring Session. Senior grades and or National Competitors are always expected to coach the Junior Grades. It is not acceptable for a Senior Grade to injure or undermine a lower grade just because they were running into them. The senior grade must be prepared to defend themselves or get out of the way of an over eager junior grade. A Senior Grade should be alert to the fact that junior grades are not fully conversant with sparring skills and etiquette and may need additional instruction or support in their development. Remember that one bad experience in Sparring can put someone off not only sparring but the Art in general. The level of contact at Heart of England-ITF Squad / ITF National Squad Training and / or Competitions will often vary. This will be made clear to Students / Competitors at each event. If in doubt use light contact.
3. When sparring in class it is often difficult for a student to be constantly aware of their surroundings. Any student sparring is responsible not only for their own safety, but also the safety of their partner and other students and or third parties around them. Do not drive a partner backwards into obstructions, walls, other sparrers or third parties in the surrounding area. Students must stop their attack and move to a suitably safe distance from others or obstructions before resuming sparring. There are no medals to be won in the training hall; work together and help each other to develop.
4. When performing Step Sparring it is a requirement that the defenders arms and legs will come into contact with the attacker’s arms and legs. Whilst this helps with forearm and leg conditioning, excessive levels of contact which could potentially cause injury must be avoided. Care must be exercised when performing take downs on hard floors to ensure that the defender does not cause the attacker to end up falling excessively hard and sustaining injuries. Attacks and counter attacks must be pulled to avoid injuries. Twisting of arms as part of defence against attacks should be controlled to avoid injury to the partner.
Power Testing / Destruction Safety
Power Testing is used to assess an individual’s power and performance of techniques. These techniques may be both hand and foot.
1. Power is demonstrated in several ways;
a. By breaking pine boards
b. By breaking reformable plastic boards
c. Performance of techniques against kick shields or student pads
2. Board Breaking is optional for anyone undertaking Power Testing either in class or as part of their grading. Students may choose to perform all their Power Testing against Kick Shields or Pads. This choice will not affect whether or not they pass their grading.
3. Only students over the age of 16 will be permitted to break using the Full Sized plastic reformable boards. Juniors may be permitted to break Junior Boards but only with Instructor / Grading Examiner approved techniques. Juniors under 16 will not be allowed to break boards with a front punch.
4. Students are not to attempt any board breaking techniques unless the Instructor is present and is supervising the activity. Board breaking is potentially hazardous and those practicing it must only do so after they have been taught correct techniques. There is no place in the Dojang or Training Hall for bravado. Board breaking using incorrect technique and or use of excessive board numbers or density of boards may lead to serious injury. Breaking requires conditioning of the hands and feet. The Instructor will explain how this may be achieved. Difficulty of breaking will progress in stages according to the Instructors assessment of each individual. Students may only break multiple boards when the Instructor tells them that they are ready to do so.
5. Boards can be hand held or placed on a breaking frame. If boards are to be hand held they must be held appropriately with the fingers kept as clear as possible of the front / target area of the board. Board holders must be alert to the possibility of being struck, either by the person making the break or by the parts of the boards following the break. The board holders should always keep their arms locked to fully support the board and if possible retain a grip on the board pieces following the break to avoid injuries to their head, torso, legs or feet. It is recommended that board holders wear footwear when manually holding a board. Sparring foot guards can be used for this. Students must notify their Instructor or the Grading Examiner if they suffer any injury whilst holding boards.
6. Students are not to attempt any breaking techniques if they have any pre-existing injuries to their hands or feet. Students, Parents or Guardians must always notify the Instructor if a student has any injuries which may be exacerbated by Power Testing. If a student suffers an injury whilst Power Testing they must stop immediately and notify the instructor or the Grading Examiner. Do not carry on regardless.
7. Breaking frames must be fit for purpose, strong, stable and free from any sharp edges or fixings which could cause injury to anyone attempting Destruction using the frame. The frame if unable to be dismantled and transported in sections should be carried into and out of the Dojang or Training Hall by at least 2 persons to avoid any Manual Handling Injuries.
8. The breaking frame must be supported to ensure that it does not tip over during the performance of breaking techniques. Persons supporting the frame should ensure that they keep their feet clear of the frame legs to avoid injuries and that they keep their arms locked to fully support the frame and avoid it tipping on to them.
9. It is preferable that a breaking frame be positioned on a mat to avoid possible damage to the floor of the Dojang from falling boards and or the frame skidding on the floor. The mat should be positioned so as not to cause any trip hazard to the person performing the break.
10. Where power testing is performed against pads or kick shields, the holders must be able to deal with the techniques, size of person utilising them and the anticipated power level. The student performing techniques against a kick shield or pad must ensure that the holder is ready before attempting the technique. Keep pads and shields away from the face where any impact on the pad may be transmitted to the head. The Instructor will demonstrate the correct technique for holding pads and kick shields.
As the Student progresses in their training, Jumping and Flying Techniques will be introduced. It is important that these are developed slowly and correctly to avoid sustaining injuries. It is very easy to lose balance and co-ordination on these techniques. As with all Taekwon-do Training the performance of these techniques is directly related to a student’s age, health and general skill level. All students are judged on their individual merits. We are not all International Competitors performing Olympic Long Jump Flying Techniques and nor are we expected to become so. Students must be alert to their own limitations and perform accordingly. Students should discuss any concerns they have regarding any of their training with the Instructor.
Competitions are optional and as such will come under a completely separate Health & Safety Policy and Rules & Regulations. Competitors should refer to the stated Rules and Regulations for each event
If at any time a Student, Parent or Guardian has any concerns regarding Health and Safety, these should, in the 1st instance be directed to Ms Sue Lloyd. If a satisfactory response is not received then the matter can be dealt with by following the Complaints procedure detailed above.