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Dojo Etiquette



Correct etiquette is an aspect of Karate that is derived from its Japanese heritage and a very important part of your Karate training.

Students must bow on entering and leaving the dojo

Students must always address instructors as “sensei” whilst in the dojo.

“oss” is a sign of respect and is typically used in the following situations:

Upon receiving instruction from sensei, students should reply “oss”.
When bowing at the beginning and end of the lesson.
When bowing to your partner before kumite.
In other appropriate situations such as grading or competitions.

Members should not leave the dojo without first receiving permission from the Sensei.

Members arriving late should take up a kneeling position at the entrance to the dojo and wait for permission to join the class. After receiving permission, they should bow before joining the class.

Karate-gi’s must be kept clean and in good order.

Finger and toenails must be kept clean and short.

For reasons of safety, long hair must be tied back with a band and all jewellery must be removed for training. If jewellery cannot be removed, it must be taped up.

As a member of Chalkstone Karate Club, you must not behave in a manner offensive or disruptive to the etiquette of the dojo.

Members must not behave in a manner that will bring the name of the club, association or Shotokan Karate into disrepute.

Members should ensure they have used the toilet prior to the start of the lesson so they do not disrupt the class by needing to go after tuition has begun.

Members should not talk whilst instruction is being given.

If any student displays disruptive behavior or continues to disregard Dojo etiquette, they may be asked to leave. Permanently.
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