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.



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