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Dojo Etiquette


The following is a list of rules to follow in the dojo.
The rules are in place to maintain a level of safety and respect that is expected in a karate dojo.

  • Always refer to the senior instructor as "Sensei" and any other instructors and senior students as "Senpai". Treat all members of the dojo with respect.
  • Always bow upon entering and exiting the dojo (training area), when you are bowed to, when joining or leaving class activities, before addressing an instructor, when addressed or summoned by any senior ranked person, and upon meeting or leaving any student during partner practice.
  • If you need to take more than two steps in the dojo, run.
  • Be attentive during class and warm-ups. Do not stand with hands on hips or with arms folded, and do not lean on anything. If you need to sit, kneel or sit with legs crossed.
  • Arrive early for class. When arriving late, warm up before entering the dojo. Then kneel at the side of the class and wait for recognition from the instructor before bowing, then joining class activities. If you have not informed Sensei that you will be late, you will be expected to do 20 push-ups before joining the class.
  • While any class is bowing in or bowing out, stand silently and respectfully. Do not enter or leave the dojo while the rest of the class is bowing in or bowing out.
  • Do not talk with your fellow students during class. The instructor talks and students listen.
  • Unless prompted by the instructor, wait until after class to ask any questions. An emergency or illness is different.
  • If you need to leave class for any reason, seek the attention and permission of an instructor.
  • If you have to adjust your uniform, bow to the front, turn and fix yourself, turn back to the front, and bow again.
  • For warm-ups or any class exercise, stand in a position that makes a straight row aligning with the person at the far left.
  • Inform the instructor of any medical problem or condition which may affect your training.
  • For safety, do not wear jewelry, watches, or rings during training. Remove glasses for sparring.
  • Good hygiene must be observed. Uniforms must be kept clean. Finger and toe nails should be kept short to reduce the possibility of injury.
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