for training 10 – 15 minutes early. Use this time to stretch and warm up for
etc. should be removed before entering the dojo.
Always bow as
you enter or leave the dojo. This forms part of your humility and respect for
others in the hall. It also shows your willingness to do your best at every
be no unnecessary noise. If another class is operating, wait quietly until your
and groups of exercises should begin and end with bowing.
respect and courtesy to your training partners, and help other students.
your utmost courtesy in regards to anything that may have matters tied to
karate or to your dojo, during training or not, both on and off premises and
especially when representing your dojo.
Have a clean
body and clear mind before entering the dojo.
not chew gum or eat whilst in the dojo.
No fizzy or unhealthy drinks are to be
consumed whilst training.
Try to go to
the toilet before class. It is also recommended not to eat at least one hour
If you are
late for the class, catch the attention of an instructor, quietly stand near
the side of the hall, bow, then enter the class by walking behind the lines and
joining in at the appropriate place.
Remove all jewellery before training.
Make sure your
‘gi’ (uniform) is clean and your finger and toenails are kept short and clean.
familiar a student may be with the instructor outside of the dojo, in the dojo they
should be addressed as “Sensei”, “Sensei [NAME]” or “[NAME] Sensei”, not by
the instructions you are given and maintain a good attitude at all times.
should sit on the floor or stand during breaks. Remain attentive and return
not engage in idle talk whilst training, and should remain attentive at all
be no unnecessary heavy contact during sparring (kumite).
Do not push
for grading tests. You may ask if you are ready, but the instructor’s decision
should never use techniques they have learned except in self-defence.
affirmative opportunities as they become available.
develop courage and fighting spirit.
Cultivate fellowship and understanding
by seeing things through others eyes.
Respect the ideals of loyalty, honour
and those elders who have come before you.
Be proactive and resolve conflicts
before they occur by not allowing them to.
Refrain from outbursts, negative
comments and violent behaviour, no matter what it pertains to.
Contact the instructor if you need to miss classes and/or
wish to make up at another time.