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Etiquette / Basic Dojo Rules


In any traditional karate dojo, etiquette is of paramount importance, it is essential to observe a few key points to insure that the dojo is a safe environment for people to train in.

If everyone knows what is expected of them, there will be less time wasting during the lessons explaining everything and more time to do what we're all here for: Karate.

Below is the 'basic' dojo etiquette of our dojo.

  arror image Arrive at least 10 minutes early for class.
  arror image Bow when stepping onto or off the mat.
  arror image Address the instructor as 'Sensei' or senior as 'Sempai'.
  arror image Ask permission to leave the Dojo when a lesson is in progress.
  arror image If entering a lesson late, sit in seiza at the side of the mat and wait to be asked to join in.
  arror image Keep your finger and toe nails short and clean.
  arror image Always keep your Gi clean, washed and tidy. Repair any rips or tears.
  arror image A WHITE T-Shirt is allowed to be worn underneath the Gi.
  arror image Take off any jewellery and tie back long hair.
  arror image Keep quiet during instruction. Listen without interrupting.
  arror image Respect your training partners.
  arror image Support lower ranks.
  arror image Line up quietly by rank order.
  arror image Keep the mats clean.
  arror image Cover any open wounds with a waterproof dressing.
  arror image Do your bit to make the Dojo a safe and pleasant place to train

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'Rei' a bow of respect


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