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 ignorance is no
defence under the law!
commencing full training the student should familiarize
themselves with the dojo etiquette and basic terminology.
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
membership (Joining) fees must be fully paid up in advance of
the commencement of training.
bow on entering or leaving the dojo. Note that a traditional
bow is performed from the waist. Because some people have issues
about bowing to anyone other than God, the Monks prayer hands
salutation is commonly used.
walking onto the mat always bow or perform the monk's
wait for the acknowledgement of the senior grade on the mat
and then bow in return before walking on.
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.
should always bow to your training partner before commencing
and immediately after training with them. It is a sign of
respect and intentions.
a presentation or grading the training pair should first bow
to the senior grade / instructor or examiner and then to each
other. Afterwards they should bow first to each other and then
to the examiner.
or socks should never be worn on the mat in the dojo.
singing, eating, drinking and smoking are forbidden in the
and feet must be kept clean.
and toe nails should be kept cut short and filed for safety
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 subscrfiptions paid.
Remeber, Excuses are the corner stone of
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