Dojo Etiquette

The dojo is a sacred place where we train ourselves physically and mentally. The students should respect the dojo and observe the following etiquette:
  1. The students should observe the training schedule. The students should try not to be late for training.
  2. Before entering the dojo, remove outer clothing such as coat, scarf and hat. After taking off your shoes at the entrance, place them neatly in order. If you find some shoes in disorder, place them in order, also.
  3. If a senior student is standing behind you at the entrance let him/her go first.
  4. Upon entering the dojo, say ‘Onegai shimasu,’ meaning ‘please help me,’ clearly and cheerfully.
  5. Upon entering or leaving the dojo, show respect by bowing at the door to the inside of the dojo.
  6. Always be polite to your instructors, senior students and elders.
  7. Before starting practice go to the toilet.
  8. Always try to keep your training clothes clean and tidy. Always practice in clean training clothes in the dojo.
  9. Be aware of your physical condition.
  10. Keep your fingernails and toenails short, to prevent injury to other students when practicing
  11. Do not eat for an hour before practice
  12. Keep your fingernails and toenails short, to prevent injury to other students when practicing together.
  13. When you observe the training at the dojo, sit in the proper way, and do not stretch your legs out. Put your hands on your lap.
  14. When an instructor calls for training to begin, line up smartly, facing the front of the dojo.
  15. When the instructor calls for ‘Mokuso’ (meditation/prayer), close your eyes, breathe deeply from your lower stomach, concentrate on the tanden (lower abdomen), and try to achieve concentration.
  16. While practicing, listen carefully and seriously to the advice and instructions given to you.
  17. When you use the training equipment, handle it with care. Be sure to put it back in the correct place after using it.
  18. When an instructor gives you some advice, listen carefully and sincerely. Do not forget to show that you have heard and understood the advice (Ouso).
  19. Each student should know his/her physical condition, stamina and physical strength well. Do not force yourself to do the impossible.
  20. The instructor should always observe the physical condition of each student. Take a short break in the middle of the training period.
  21. At the end of class line up with the rest of the students and face your instructors.
  22. Make yourself calm and quiet, and concentrate your mind.
  23. Bow to the instructor, senior students and each other with appreciation and respect.
  24. The beginners and colored belt students if they have any question should ask the senior students. It is important to study about karate always.
  25. Do no forget to thank any one who gives you advice on karate.
  26. When you injure yourself, do not practice until the injury is completely healed. Watch the training during these periods.
  27. Upon leaving the dojo, do not forget to say ‘Arigatio gozaimashita’ (thank you very much) or ‘Shitsurei shimasu’ (excuse me).