Dojo Etiquette


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"Training First"  Train all the time.

Always bow before entering and when leaving dojo floor.

Bring your sparring gear to class and you are responsible for your own gear.

No Gum, No Jewelry.

No shoe on the dojo floor. Training Area. (Matted area).

No talking in class unless spoken to or unless you have a question and you have been acknowledged by Sensei. Do exactly as you are taught without complaining.

Keep your finger and toe nails clean and trimmed. Untrimmed toenails cut other students and cause many completely unnecessary injuries.

Make sure your karate-gi is clean, dry and odor-free.

Advise Sensei of any injuries or health problems before class. If you are injured or become ill notify Sensei immediately. Do not leave the floor without notifying or asking Sensei.

Be early; if you must be late, sit in seiza on the edge of the dojo until acknowledged by Sensei.

*Please note that if you are constantly late, you may not be allowed to train.

Show spirit (enthusiasm) at all times.

Parents are NOT allowed to interrupt class unless it is truly an emergency.

Respond to Sensei by saying “Ouss!” (or yes-sir).

Refer to the instructor as Sensei (do not call him by his first name or Master…) Do not lavish compliments on the instructor. Just train regularly and hard which is the very best compliment you can give him.

 Maintain proper form and posture at all times. Do not:

  • Lean on the wall
  • Place your hands on your hips
  • Cross your arm in front of you
  • Lean forward &/ or place your hands on your knees

You may not leave the dojo floor during class except under very special circumstances. Students should not be leaving the dojo floor to get water, wrap toes, feet, finger, ect. Unless it truly is necessary. Karate training involves some pain endurance. You cannot stop in the middle of a real fight to get a drink of water.

Once Sensei has given you a command and told you to execute, you should not move until next count or command! Do not fix your hair, adjust your belt/gi or make any other movement except to get into a lower stance! It should be your primary objective to always maintain a low, solid stance and focus on what you’re being told. All Sempai should set a good example for the entire class!

Be helpful to new students, but do not correct them in class, at camps or other training events. Always “listen” to the instructor and focus on your own training. Sempai should teach by setting a good example. Sensei is there to teach, not you!

Be humble! Everyone has major portions of their technique that need improvement. It is usually the worst students that believe they are the best.

Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated regardless of where it is directed. DO NOT argue or try to correct the instructor. Do not belittle your family, friends or other students. Karate training is meant to develop courtesy and politeness and if you are not capable of this type of discipline, we will not permit you to train with us.

Do not try to master technique that is too advanced for your level. Strenuously work on all your basics because without them, your karate will always be weak.

Treat every correction as though Sensei is speaking to you specifically. You should make the correction and maintain it and continually work on it, not just correct it when Sensei is watching – you are only cheating yourself.

If you do not know the answer to a question that another student has asked you, find the answer by asking the instructor, a more senior student or by looking it up. DO NOT MAKE UP AN ANSWER.

Please handle personal relationships and situations between yourself and other students in a way that will allow both of you to continue training if the relationship ends. It is a good ideal to keep these relationships private and out of the dojo. We are such a close, family-type dojo, your break-up may affect more than yourselves.