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Dojo etiquette

Dojo etiquette are rules of behaviour and codes of conduct that you are required to respect and uphold for your own safety and benefit as well as for others. Many of the rules are also directly related to traditional Japanese customs design to prevent conflict and minimise the risk of attacks or other threats in a very practical way. They are therefore an important part of your self-defence training and, as is stated in modern legal systems, 'ignorance is no defence under the law'.

When Joining

  • Before commencing full training the student should familiarize themselves with the dojo etiquette and basic terminology.
  • Before commencing their first training session, new students should complete a membership application form. The student must  inform the instructor of any health issues and potential medical problems.
  • Club membership (Joining) fees must be fully paid up in advance of the commencement of training.

Entering & Exiting the Dojo (training hall)

  • Always bow on entering or leaving the dojo. Note that a traditional bow is performed from the waist. Because some people and cultures have issues about bowing to anyone other than God, the  Monks prayer-hands salutation is commonly used as an alternative. In more mobile and less formal situations the Chinese bow is also often used to greet others because of the meanings and intentions implicit within its form.
  • Before walking onto the mat always bow or perform the monk's salutation.
  • Always wait for the acknowledgement of the senior grade on the mat and then bow in return before walking on.
  • If you must leave the dojo for any reason during the course of a training session, let the senior grade know and get his permission first. The highest grade on the mat is responsible for all activities there and each students safety.
  • You should always bow to your training partner before commencing and immediately after training with them. It is a sign of respect and intentions.
  • After training, do not clown around with nor try to show off your/our techniques and skills to outsiders. They have not earned the privilege either with training fees, work (practice) and trust. If they hurt themselves or, abuse it (possibly against you yourself), the responsibility and shame for it will come back on you. Respect us, yourself and what you have learned, not least because of the price you have paid to gain it, through fees paid, hard work, sweat, and effort.

During training

  • During a presentation or grading the training pair should first bow to the senior grade/instructor or examiner and then to each other. Afterward, they should bow first to each other and then to the examiner.
  • Shoes or socks should never be worn on the mat in the dojo. They bring dirt onto the mat, shoes could inure others and socks slip causing injury to yourself and, possibly to others in the process.
  • Wipe your feet or gym slippers before stepping onto the mat. Ideally wear other shoes or sandals to get to and from the mat, that are then left at a suitable place by the side of the training area.
  • Shouting, singing, eating, drinking and smoking are forbidden in the Dojo area, as is loitering with hands in pockets. Proper waiting and listening stances are taught for a purpose and with good reason.
  • When the instructor is teaching, be quiet, listen patiently and do as you are asked, when you are asked to. It is a matter of security and safety for both the instructor, you and the other students. Respect and trust are a two-way mutual process and relationship attributes that are hard to earn but, easily lost.
  • Self-defense training is a process of cooperative practice augmented with some friendly competition to develop skill in as safe-a-way as possible. Ego, pride, and prejudice have no place in the training hall or club membership generally.
  • Anger management is not only a part of self-defense skills but, an integral part of the training process. Acting out with temperamental outbursts will not be tolerated and may result in immediate forfeit of membership, without refund, at the club instructor's discretion.   

Hygiene, Health & Welfare

Further read this article: Corona Carnage!
  • Hair, hands and feet must be kept clean.
    • Wash your hands and feet before coming on to the mat.
    • All nails should be kept short, clean and filed smooth.
    • If you are sweaty and dirty from work etc. have a shower before coming to training.
  • Jewelry such as rings, earings should be removed along with anything else that might cause injury to self or others during training. This includes zips. 
  • Clothing without pockets for hands and feet to get stuck in, is highly advisable. Clothing such as hoodies will also not be accepted on the training mat. We train in indoor training shoes for Parkour and gym slippers or bare feet on the mats for self-defense training. Socks and other footwear are not acceptable for 'obvious' safety reasons.
  • Anyone who is ill or getting sick should stay home! This includes all members of the same family who are probably already carriers and transmitters the infection. It is pointless training so hard to stay fit, healthy and safe if we inflict diseases and general ill-health on each other through ignorance, stupidity, and selfishness.
  • Help to clean the mats and the training area before and after training. This is, in any case, good practice for basic self-defense situation screening habits as well as for training safety issues. The parents must take this responsibility for children's' groups which, also saves training time & the workload f the instructor, hence training fees ;-)

Other more situation-specific codes of conduct will be taught to students during training as needed.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in corrective measures or in the worst cases forfeiture of membership without refund of any training fees or membership subscriptions paid.

 

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