Code of Conduct – Students

  • Always arrive for training 10 – 15 minutes early. Use this time to stretch and warm up for the class.
  • Shoes, coats 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 session.
  • There should be no unnecessary noise. If another class is operating, wait quietly until your class starts.
  • All classes and groups of exercises should begin and end with bowing.
  • Always show respect and courtesy to your training partners, and help other students.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Students must 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 before class.
  • 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.
  • However 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 name alone.
  • Always follow the instructions you are given and maintain a good attitude at all times.
  • Students should sit on the floor or stand during breaks. Remain attentive and return quickly.
  • Students must not engage in idle talk whilst training, and should remain attentive at all times.
  • There should 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 is final.
  • Students should never use techniques they have learned except in self-defence.
  • Seize affirmative opportunities as they become available.
  • Strive to 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.
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