Rules of Conduct
Following the rules of the dojo is an important element of learning karate. All students (even the most advanced!) are expected to adhere to the following rules.
- Bow and say “Osu!” when entering and leaving the dojo. Express patience, respect, and appreciation by saying “Osu!”
- Address the head instructor of the dojo first
- Address a black belt karateka as “Senpai, Sensei or Shihan as their rank dictates”
- Answer “Osu!” clear and loud when called by your name.
- Shake all student’s hand with two hands.
- Swiftly line up in a straight line when called by the instructor at the beginning of a class.
- If arriving late, remain at the entrance of the dojo in a kneeling position. Wait to be invited to the mat.
- When asked to withdraw from the mat, kneel down along the wall and wait to be invited to sit.
- Ask the instructor for permission to leave the dojo during a class.
- Never use coarse or offensive language.
- Make sure to wear a clean uniform.
- Keep fingernails and toenails short.
- Do not wear shoes or jewels.
- Do not eat, drink, or chew gum.
- Do not fight without permission from the instructor.
- Do not use fighting techniques outside the dojo.
- Do not use equipment or weapons without permission from the instructor.
- While training, respect and correctly use all equipment.