“Dojo” is the room that training takes place in. Karate must be practiced with the correct attitude. We want to be sure that training will be both fun, enjoyable, productive and safe.
The Dojo Code is a set of guiding principles to help establish good training practice, and a good way to behave in every day life!
Some clubs will recite these at the end of every training session. We don’t, but we do expect our students to behave in accordance with these principles.
• Students are to bow upon entering or leaving the Dojo (training area).
• When you first arrive at the Dojo, please remove your shoes and socks. This prevents the floor from getting dirty.
• Please make sure you go to the toilet before you come to class.
• Plain white Karate uniforms (Gis) should be worn during class.
• Your Gi must be kept clean & neat, but DO NOT wash your belt.
• Remember to keep your finger and toe nails neat and trimmed.
• Please no watches, rings, bands or any jewellery in the dojo.
• Always warm up before training and warm down after training.
• Respect the property of other students. Do not touch anything that does not belong to you.
• Pay attention! Raise your hand before asking questions during class.
• Please do not laugh at mistakes made by other students.
• When Sensei (the instructor) says “Yame” (stop) YOU STOP! Immediately, no delay - STOP.
• The Karate techniques you learn here are NEVER to be used to start fights. You are ONLY to use the Karate techniques you learn in class to defend yourself.
• ANY STUDENT WHO BULLIES OTHER STUDENTS OR ANYONE ELSE AT ALL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TRAINING.
• Karate students should arrive for class on time.
• If you are late to class please enter the dojo, kneel at the front of the dojo and wait until the Sensei calls you into class. Upon receiving permission join at the end of the class.
• Try to practice your Karate at least 10 minutes every day.
• Students are responsible for helping to keep the Dojo clean. Please make sure you take all of your belongings with you when you leave.