Karate is a martial art that can be fun to learn and practice. One of the most important components of this art form is discipline. Many of the traditions of this art form have been passed along from east and continue to be an essential part of how we train even today. Proper respect to our instructors, our peers, our dojo and ourselves are necessary when practicing the art of karate. These rules will help enhance one’s learning and further the development of discipline in training.
Please follow these rules of the dojo:
1. When entering or leaving the dojo, always face the front, bow and say OSU!, then face the general direction of the other students in the class bow and say OSU again.
2. When Late to class, kneel at the back of the class in seiza (kneel down position). Wait with your eyes closed in mokuso (meditation). When acknowledged, remain in seiza and bow and say osu!. Quickly take your position on line. Try to keep lateness to a minimum as it can become a major distraction to the class
3. Do not remove any part of your dogi or gi (uniform) during training without being told to do so.
4. Do not eat, chew gum, smoke or drink in the dojo
5. When asked to proceed to a position, or when lining up at he beginning of training or for some reason during training always move as quickly as possible.DO NOT STROLL!!
6. Never practice kumite unless an instructor is present. when practicing kumite with a senior student, do your best, but show respect for the rank. If you think you can go harder then do so, but remember that they have a lower rank in mind when they are sparring, and they will not be fighting their hardest
7. Do not ask a higher grade for kumite. you should not refuse however, if you are asked by a senior grade.
8. Do not break rank (position in the line) for any reason without permission from the instructor. Never walk between rows, or between the instructor and those training. If you must leave your position, walk behind the row you are in to either side of the class and proceed from there.
9. Address your instructor as Sempai, Sensei or Shihan, as the case may be. Do not address an instructor by their first name in class.
10. Do not swear, laugh, giggle, talk, lounge or act inattentively during training. Treat your training seriously; it is not a laughing matter. A karate-ka is always alert and well behaved. Position of a senior grade ( especially a black belt) is not your ticket to relaxation and familiarity in the dojo. Do not waste your time and everyone else’s if you are not prepared to treat your training and your fellow karate-ka with respect and the seriousness deserved. this includes leaving before the end of training. Unless directed by the instructor, a student should remain in the class until the completion of the final bow-out.
11. Kneel on your right knee to adjust or re-tie your belt. Turn to the right away from the front of the class, or from your partner if you are working with someone, to adjust your dogi. Learn to respect your belt as a symbol of your efforts in training.
12. Your dogi must be washed clean and neat at all times. Your belt should be air dried, but never washed, as it symbolically contains the spirit of your hard training.
13. Listen carefully to the instructor’s directions. Remember that the instructor will not ask you to do what he or she would not do also. Acknowledge all instruction with a strong Osu!
14. The instructor whoever it may be, should be treated with the respect that you would expect as a common courtesy. if you cannot find it in you to show respect to a person who is taking their time to teach you, then you do not belong in a karate dojo. never question his/her direction; never speak in class unless asked by the instructor. Such obedience develops a bond of trust between the instructor and student, which improves mutual receptivity, simplifying and speeding the learning process.
15. Do not wear jewelry during training or when you are wearing you dogi.
16. Keep your toenails and fingernails clean and cur short at all times. Always be sure your feet, nails and hands are washed and cleaned for training. In training you often work closely with others. Nobody likes to train with someone who is dirty.
17. Be sure to use the restroom prior to training. An accidental blow to a full bladder can be extremely dangerous.
18. Eat at least one hour prior to training. Training on a full stomach is not good for the body