COVID 19:

The most important condition that all members, visitors, carers and parents MUST follow are those COVID19 restrictions that are in place by the Federal Government, Local Governments (ACT, NSW) and those additional restrictions put in place by our Schools. If any student, visitor, carer or parent does not wish to abide by this restrictions your attendance is not welcome and we kindly ask you not attend.

These restrictions include but are not limited to:

Remain 1.5 meters away from anyone/everyone not part of your family, regardless of their age.

If you have visited a known “hotspot” in the last 14 days, seek advice and stay away.

If you have come in contact with a person positive for COVID19, please seek  advice and stay away from our classes until it is safe.

If you have flu like symptoms, stay at home and seek advice.

Sanitise on arrival and departure.

No spectators.

Minimal contact with others.

If we have reached our prescribed limit of participants within a venue and you have been asked to depart, please do so, and please remain calm and accepting of the difficult times we are experiencing.

Action TKD takes seriously and is committed to the physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of all of its participants as we move towards an environment where sport and recreation returns to our daily lives.

We continue to stay updated with all the latest advice and all participants and instructors have been made aware of information disseminated by the Federal Health Department, found at: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert.

If you would like a copy of our COVID19 Return to play/business plan please contact Master Paul on 0414 89 88 88 or email info@actiontkd.com.au and ask for a copy.

Additionally:

As a member, participant or parent of Action Tae Kwon-Do (Australia), Action TKD Canberra – (The School) – you agree to the rules associated with your conduct and the conduct of those who train with the school. As a result of paying your membership, you have agreed to follow the rules and code of conduct of the school. You also agreed to certain other conditions, these are listed below.

Code of Conduct (the rules):

  • To always be polite to other parents, members and Instructors
  • To always follow the instructions of the Instructors
  • Sign our Physical Intervention Process consent form
  • Not to smoke anywhere near or around the centre you are attending
  • Not to bring food into the centre
  • Not to use your phone in any centre other than when agreed to with the Instructor
  • To always drop participants off within the centre, not having them travel from the parked car to the desk without an adult
  • To always collect participants from within the centre, having them return to any vehicle with an adult
  • Only use uniforms approved by the school
  • All uniforms must be cleaned and wrinkle free prior to attending the centre
  • All uniforms must fit the participants so as not to increase any risk of injury to them or others
  • To pay your fees on time
  • Arrive before the advertised start time when participating or bringing participants
  • Arrive prior to the advertised finish time when collecting participants
  • To be well behaved in the centre/gym
  • Never threaten to harm another participant or their family for any reason
  • Not be a person whose behaviour away from the centre/gym could be perceived as bulling or aggressive
  • Never perform any action, technique or manoeuvre that may cause injury to another participant

Conditions (other conditions):

You understand and agree that photos or videos may be taken of you, your child or participant and used for advertising or marketing, both in print format and online.

To notify Master Paul or your Instructor if you have any health condition/s that may cause injury or risk to yourself or other participants. Including but not limited to Asthma, heart conditions, allergies, mental state or physical injuries. All participants are strongly encouraged to have and maintain private health cover.

If a participant, member, parent or student fails to adhere to the rules of the school they will be instructed not to return and their membership will be cancelled. No fees or monies will be returned to them.

If you disagree with any of these rules, you may, within 21 days of paying any membership fees, be entitled to a full refund of the membership fee and any uniform fees paid, uniforms will need to be un altered and returned.

At Action Tae Kwon-Do our focus is on developing skill and physical fitness. Our children’s classes are non-contact. While our teenager and adult students learn the application of hand and foot techniques for self-defence, including through sparring, we do not promote or engage in fighting. We choose to concentrate on the mastery of this ancient martial art discipline instead of competing in tournaments or contests. We do not participate in ‘controlled sports events’ within the meaning of the Controlled Sports Act 2019 (ACT).

If you would like clarification about these rules and conditions, please feel free to call me on 0414 89 88 88, Master Paul.

Policy and Procedure: Managing Behaviour – Discipline

Below is our Behavioural Policy, which all members or their parents must understand.

By joining the school (paying the membership fee) you are agreeing to the way in which we respond to the behaviour of our students, your children and yourself.

Purpose

Action Tae Kwon Do must provide a safe environment for students and staff attending training. In order to ensure a safe environment all instructors and students must behave in a manner that is respectful and adheres to health and safety requirements.

Scope

This policy and procedure applies to all instructors and students of Action Tae Kwon Do. Instructors, parents and caregivers must agree to this behaviour management framework prior to attending Action Tae Kwon Do.

Background

Discipline concerns the development of appropriate and responsible attitudes and behaviour in students. It implies the development of self-discipline and the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

When students and parents take part in Action Tae Kwon-Do it is a partnership between instructors and students and instructors and parents. This partnership is aimed at achieving effective learning and good discipline so that classes are productive, fun and harmonious.

Overarching Principles

Instructors will ensure that they communicate the student’s progress and behaviour with both students and parents.

Classes should be a fun and exciting learning environment for all. In the context of the rules and regulations of Action Tae Kwon-Do (https://actiontaekwondo.com/rules-and-conditions/), if a participant is acting out in a class, correction of this behaviour will be undertaken by the instructor.

There should be no contact between children, they should be quiet, attentive and enjoy their time training. Rudeness, acting out, bullying, intentionally trying to harm someone, threatening and aggressive behaviour is not tolerated.

Communication Strategies

When communicating, we’ll use clear, firm, succinct vocal instructions. We do not shout and yell. The following are different non-verbal and verbal communication strategies:

Mild non-verbal communication, we;

  • Ignore the behaviour. Sometimes intentionally ignoring minor misbehaviours such as body movement, whispering and so on, is the best approach as it weakens the behaviour.
  • Use nonverbal signals. These can be used to communicate that a behaviour is not appropriate. Non-verbal signals include making eye contact, shaking a hand or finger, holding a hand up, or giving the ‘teacher look’.
  • Stand near the student/s. A physical presence near or walking towards the student/s can help get them back on task.

Verbal communication and methods, we;

  • Give I-messages. These messages prompt appropriate behaviour without giving a verbal command. For example, “When you talk it makes a lot of noise and I am concerned that it distracts others”.
  • Use positive phrasing. “When you do X (appropriate behaviour), then you can Y (a positive outcome). For example, “When you sit down, then you will be able to join back in”.
  • Redirect Behaviour. The instructor describes the action to the student and suggests an acceptable alternative action. The student usually only has to be reminded of what he is supposed to be doing. For example, ‘Instead of talking, I would like you to do your pattern for the next five minutes. You can talk to your friends after class.’
  • Ask ‘What should you be doing?’ Asking this can have a positive effect as it helps redirect the student back to positive behaviour.
  • Give verbal reprimands. Directly asking or telling the student to cease a certain behaviour and get back on task.
  • Look, pause. Stopping mid-way in a sentence, pausing or looking in the direction of the student is often enough to resolve the difficulty without interrupting the lesson.
  • Be firm and succinct with your verbal commands never shout or yell. Make sure your voice is pleasant, calm and controlled.

Non-Physical Intervention Process

Using the above communication strategies, the following non-physical process is for managing and correcting dangerous or inappropriate behaviour: We;

  1. If a student is acting out, we encourage them to listen and pay attention. We are firm but not be aggressive. We give them an opportunity to correct their own behaviour.
  2. Inform them on why their behaviour is unacceptable. We educate them on what is acceptable and what is expected of them.
  3. Use forms of exercise as a tool to manage behaviour, e.g. “Student, because you continue to talk and not listen you must do 10 push-ups”.
  4. Make sure to reward students for their good behaviour.
  5. If after several requests, a student does not cease their acting out, we tell them to sit down (a time out). Play a fun game in front of them. Explain the reasons their behaviour is unacceptable, and the consequence is that they miss out.
  6. If a student continues to misbehave, they remain in time out until such a time that they have calmed and are able to re-join.
  7. Allow them to join in once they have demonstrated they have ceased their unacceptable behaviour and are compliant. Praise them once they re-join and behave appropriately.
  8. Our goal as an instructor is to correct their behaviour and educate them on why it was unacceptable. We want them to learn from this, take responsibility for their actions and in future avoid such behaviour.

Physical Intervention Process

We have a duty of care to all your students. We must be aware of their safety. We may engage in reasonable physical contact if all non-physical interventions have been exhausted or are impractical in the circumstances and a student is:

    • Attacking a student, parent, adult or instructor;
    • Posing an immediate danger to themselves or others;
    • Damaging property;
    • Not adhering to or about to break any rules, restrictions or guidelines imposed by any Government;
    • Not adhering to any reasonable direction of an Instructor or assistant.

Physical intervention is a last resort and must be done in a gentle manner with the least amount of physical intervention required. We must be reasonable in our response in proportion to the situation; their age and size, their height, their ability to reason and the circumstances of their dangerous behaviour. Any such action must be reported to the Master Instructor immediately, reported to the parent or carer at the end of class and a journal entry made of the event.

  1. The journal entry should include:
    1. The name of the instructor.
    2. The name of the student.
    3. The date of training.
    4. The time of the incident and remediation.
    5. The nature of this incident e.g.
      • The context of the situation
      • A description of the behaviour
      • The actions taken by the instructor
      • The discussion with the parent or caregiver
  2. We never touch a student in the ‘swimsuit area’, we’ll gently move them using the corner of their uniform at their shoulder. Move them to the side and sit them down. Like above, explain their behaviour and allow them to re-join once they have calmed and demonstrated compliance.

Action Tae Kwon-Do does not accept dangerous or inappropriate behaviour. Dangerous or inappropriate behaviour can cause serious injury, ruin a class and the experience of other students. Parents bring their children to learn and have fun but as well to reinforce listening, following instructions and being respectful. Good discipline in turn improves their behaviour which will be reflected in class, at school and at home.

Implementation

All instructors, parents and caregivers will be made aware of this policy and procedure.

For instructors: Through the instructor’s manual.

For students, parents and caregivers: Through the website.

Quality assurance

  1. This policy will be reviewed on a yearly basis.
  2. All cases requiring physical intervention, will be reported to the Master Instructor.
  3. Journal entries will be reviewed to ensure adherence to this policy and procedure.