in the Dojo (Training Hall) is of paramount importance. Dojo etiquette is a
code of conduct essential to the proper practice of Karate Do (Way) - without
it their practice becomes meaningless. Self-discipline and mutual respect for
ones opponents are essential to safe practice. Please carefully observe the
following procedure in the Dojo.
entering or leaving the Dojo (Training Hall) Bow (Rei).
greeting ones Sensei (Instructor) or training partner Bow and say Auss
entering any training or contest area for competition always bow at the
perimeter before advancing or leaving the area, being careful to enter
from your own side never cut across the contest area (Shai Jo).
must keep their bodies clean, nails must be kept short, Karate suits (Gis)
should be clean and well pressed.
and swearing in the Dojo is at all times forbidden.
person who presents themselves for training and has been drinking alcohol
or under the influence of Drugs will be asked to leave the Dojo.
talking in the Dojo is permitted during training unless it is absolutely
necessary. Carrying-on is not allowed as it leads to injury. Remember
how hard you train directly affects others around you. Also, improvement
in Karate can only be achieved through much effort and perseverance.
make every effort to attend classes on time.
should do their utmost to carry out the training as laid down by their
- Make a
habit of visiting the toilet before training. This is especially
important for children.
- Never use
your Karate skills outside the Dojo, except in the defence of yourself or
your family, and only when there is extreme danger which cannot be
- Do not be
a bully inside the Dojo or outside.
lean against the walls or sprawl about the Dojo floor. Always sit upright
cross-legged. If you are waiting to train with a partner do not stand
about or sit down but train in a similar manner to the rest of the class.
- Do not
leave the Dojo during training without your Instructors permission as,
should you be ill, your Instructor requires to know.
- Any form
of footwear is prohibited whilst training unless there is a good medical
reason, and of course if your instructor allows them.
- As soon
as the Instructor enters the Dojo students will line out in the manner
appropriate, or if the Instructor is in the Dojo and commands line out, do
it as smartly as possible.
senior grade present in the body of the class shall, as soon as everyone
is in position, call Seiza (Kneel). The class shall then kneel in unison
(Instructor must kneel first), left knee first keeping the back straight,
then on the right knee and finally sitting back on the heels with the
palms of the hands resting on the inside of the thighs.
a) On the command
"Mokso" the hands shall be cupped, left hand on top, thumb tips together and
with the eyes closed the students will compose themselves for the forthcoming
On the command
"Yame" the eyes are opened and the hands returned to the thighs, palms down.
On the command "Rei" the class shall place their hands on the floor and bow
(the Instructor first and then rise first) in unison for about three seconds.
They shall not rise before the Instructor as this is a breach of etiquette. The
class will then rise with the Instructor first to commence training.
Humility, Sincerity, Respect, Purity, Endeavour, Honesty,
member arriving after training has commenced shall execute a kneeling
bow at the edge of the training area, facing in the direction of the Sensei, before joining the class, and shall do an
appropriate warm-up then
join the training.
student wishing to leave the class early shall not do so until they have
received the Instructors permission. On leaving the class early the
student will perform a full kneeling Rei (Bow) at the edge of the training
area nearest the door.
training with a partner both shall bow simultaneously before and after
each section of training.
remember the Dojo creed:-