Dojo Etiquette

Dojo Etiquette

Please try to obey this! AT ALL TIMES…..!

Bow on entering and leaving the dojo: – Why? – To those who practice Karate this is a special place. A student must bow on entering the Dojo to affirm the intention to train hard and seriously, and also bow on leaving to show gratitude for the training session received. No smoking¬†or chewing gum at any time¬†in the Dojo. Drinking is allowed on breaks, and if on a long training session food is permitted on breaks. It is every student‚Äôs duty to make sure the¬†Dojo is tidy. Greet your fellow students quietly. When resting (Kyu-Kei)¬†always sit crossed legged or in the kneeling¬†position (Sei-Za) around the edge of the Dojo, never with your back resting against the wall or in¬†a slovenly manner. To acknowledge conversation and instruction from your instructors always answer ‘Hai’, meaning ‘Yes’ or ‘I understand’. Call your instructor ‘Sensei‚Äô. During training if¬†a student has to leave the training session always ask the the instructor’s permission. Always wear a clean Karate Gi. There is no excuse for a dirty Gi. Make sure your Obi (belt) is correctly tied. When you secure the knot in your Obi this symbolizes you are willing to train with your heart as well as with your body. If you have to adjust your Gi whilst training, step to the side of your training line, kneel down on one knee, make the necessary adjustments, then return to your position in the line when it is safe to do so. Keep your finger and toe nails short and clean.