General Dojo rules and protocol
As senior karate ka, the Sensei and yudansha (black belts) must be shown respect and be called by their respective titles by all junior grades.
Aid your own progress by always cooperating with your instructor. Extend this cooperation to your fellow students by helping them generously and offering advice if you spot errors in technique or manners, while also accepting their advice and assistance in a positive manner- be careful not to be a know-it-all.
- Listen to your instructor while he is correcting your faults.
- Never interrupt the instructor while he is explaining
- Never walk in between the instructor and another student while he is explaining something or talking to the other
- Only ask as a last resort – first establish whether you are supposed to know the answer to the question and could possibly be wasting other students’
Always be courteous and friendly towards the instructor and your fellow students.
Always sit cross-legged in the Dojo while your instructor is explaining something and you have to sit down.
This serves as a way of greeting and showing respect to the Dojo, the instructor and the fellow students. Bow whenever moving onto or off the floor.
Classes begin and end with a short meditation in seiza (formal seated position). The goal is to relax and clear the mind to improve reflexes and to review and absorb your training. It has no religious connotation and could be compared to sitting in a quiet spot next to the sea to revitalise your mind.
Always arrive on time for class. If, due to circumstances beyond your control you are late, excuse yourself as you enter the Dojo.
Always train with a clean gi and see that your body is clean as well (especially if you have worked in the garden before class). See that your nails and toenails are kept short and clean and always remove all jewellery before class.
- Male students wear not-shirt underneath the gi.
- Female students wear either a plain white or black t-shirt or leotard underneath the gi.
- All students are to tidy their hair in such a manner that it looks neat and is no threat to the member’s
- Long hair should be tied back with an elastic or ribbon.
- No religious or cultural jewellery is worn.
Consider your fellow students by taking care of body odour, dirty hands, nails and halitosis.
Always treat the apparatus in the Dojo with respect and replace it neatly after use.
No smoking is allowed near the Dojo at any time