S. Pavlou Tae Kwon Do Academy is the sole NJ-area school that has a full time 8th degree black belt grand master, Solomon Pavlou, who teaches full-time.
Rules of Concentration
Our students use the following rules of concentration in our classes:
- Focus your eyes
- Focus your mind
- Focus your whole body
The Student Creed
- I intend to develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth.
- I intend to develop self discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
- I intend to use what I learned in class constructively and defensively, to help myself and my fellow man, and never to be abusive to others.
- I intend to build true confidence through knowledge of the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body.
- I intend to keep friendship with one another, and to build a strong and happy community.
- I intend never to fight to achieve selfish ends, but to develop might for right!
My Four Daily Affirmations
- Knowledge of the Mind: I am smart because I always learn something good every day.
- Honesty of the Heart: I am perfect because I never make mistakes knowingly.
- Strength in the Body: I like myself because I always take action to make things happen.
- To Be Happy: I am happy that I am me because I always choose to be happy.
- Bow upon entering and leaving the dojang addressing. In addition, bow to and address your instructors or partners as Sir or Ma’am before receiving instructions.
- Arrive for class on time.
- Be polite and courteous at all times. Speak in a confident and thoughtful manner.
- Keep your dobok (uniform) clean and presentable at all times.
- Place your outdoor shoes in the designated area.
- If you have any injury, tell your instructor before class begins. If you are injured during class, report it to the instructor right away.
- Do not speak or carry on conversations when the instructor is speaking or class is in session.
- Never drag your belt or toss it aside. Respect your belt.
- Do not smoke or consume alcohol at any time while in uniform.
- Wear your proper uniform when you practice and remove jewelry that may cause you or a partner injury.
- Do not use offensive language in the dojang or outside of the academy.
- Never use Taekwondo outside the dojang, unless in self-defense or in defense of someone else – and then only use the least force necessary.
- Do not brag or boast of your taekwondo abilities inside or outside the dojang.
- Remember the first rule of self-defense by avoiding conflict wherever possible.
How to Tie Your Belt
- Make sure your belt is flat and straight on your back.
- Make sure the front of your belt flaps are even after you tie the knot.
- Make sure your belt is tight at all times so it does not fall off during class.