Karate Begins with Courtesy and Ends with Courtesy
Dojo Etiquette is an expression of honour, self-discipline, appreciation, kindness and sincerity. Courtesy and respect are key elements in karate training and conduct.
- Bow when entering and leaving the Dojo.
- Warm up on your own before the class starts.
- Line up in grade order. Senior belts at the front to white belts and beginners at the back.
- If you are late and the class has begun, kneel in the Seiza position at the back of the Dojo and wait for the Sensei to invite you to join the class.
- Listen means not to talk. It is disrespectful to the Sensei and to other students.
- Acknowledge instructions with “Hai Sensei”.
- Wear a clean Gi with a correctly tied Obi.
- Only white singlets or t shirts are allowed under a Gi.
- No jewellery.
- Do not walk in front of the Sensei and other students. Walk behind.
- Sit cross legged. Do not sit with legs outstretched.
- Do not lean on the walls or sit on the benches.
- Leave all personal items neatly outside the Dojo.
- Leave equipment neatly to the side when not in use.
- Do not leave your belt on the floor.
- Eating is not allowed when training.
go hard ju soft ryu style kara empty te hand
AT THE BEGINNING & END OF CLASS
shugo line up
ki o tsuke attention
mokuso meditation (close your eyes)
mokuso yame finish meditation (open your eyes)
shomen ni, face front
sensei ni face Sensei
onegai shimasu Please teach me
arigato gozaimashita Thank you for teaching me
jodan upper level
chudan middle level
gedan lower level
kamae combative posture
tsuki punch or thrust