Hapkido Attendance Policy
The benefits of practicing a martial art can only be attained through regular practice. Attendance (also known as dedication) is “the great leveler.” This is because the amount we choose to participate in an activity is a factor we largely control ourselves, unlike other factors such as body size, age or natural athletic ability. “Ninety percent of success is just showing up” applies especially to the martial arts.
- Shows lack of courtesy to classmates
- Shows lack of respect for instructors
- Makes it difficult for instructors to plan lessons
- Increases risk of injury to yourself and others
- Shows poor self-discipline and time-management skills
- Slows or halts your progress in learning Hapkido
The Attendance Policy is as follows:
1. We realize that practicing Hapkido is not for everyone. If you sign up for the class and later decide that you are not interested in participating, please let the instructor know. No refunds of class fees will be given.
2. Attendance will be the major factor used to determine who is ready to test for the next rank. We do not keep records, but the instructors are aware of who has been coming to class regularly. If you do not come to class, you will not be allowed to advance to the next belt.
3. Occasional attendance is strongly discouraged. Showing up for class a few times, then taking a few weeks off, and alternating between the two is not acceptable. It shows that Hapkido is low on your list of priorities and it affects the morale of the club as a whole. If you must miss class for an extended period of time (due to injury, illness or chronic work/class conflicts) please inform the instructors, so that we do not think that you have quit.
If you cannot make a real commitment to learning Hapkido, you will not be permitted to participate. The risk of injury (to both yourself and others) is too serious to allow intermittent participation.
4. Instructors understand that everyone must miss class occasionally, and the reasons that you miss class are your own business. You should not feel guilty if you must occasionally miss class for one of the following reasons:
- family commitments
- exams scheduled during Hapkido class time
- occasional work conflicts
- weather-related travel hazards
However, if you are missing class more than a few times a semester for these alternate following reasons, then you should question whether you really wish to continue your practice of Hapkido:
- you think you need to study for an upcoming exam or finish a paper that you have known about for a long time, because you didn’t plan ahead to allocate time for Hapkido
- you’d rather go out with friends
- you simply don’t feel like working out, not due to illness (not feeling like working out doesn’t indicate poor self-discipline – skipping class because you don’t feel like working out does)
Successful people aren’t committed to their goals only some of the time, they are committed even in the face of obstacles. See you all in class!