Dojo Regulations, Policies and Courtesies


1.  During class student concentration is of utmost importance.  Talking to other students during this time should be restricted to essentials only, to minimize distraction.  However, student inquiry is encouraged, and questions should be freely asked of the Sensei at the appropriate times.

2.  The student never leaves the Dojo while class is in session without the permission of the instructor in charge.

3.  Smoking and gum chewing are prohibited in the Dojo, as are alcoholic beverages and firearms.

4.  All students should arrive before class begins.  Occasionally, the Sensei will direct the senior student (Sempai) to lead the class in warm-up exercises.  As the student learns the stretching exercises, he should begin doing as many of them as possible before class.  Advanced students will do nearly all their stretching on their own before class begins.  

5.  In the Dojo, all black belts will be referred to as "Sensei" or "Mr.---", or "Ms.---".  A black belt is never referred to solely by his first or last name.

6.  A clean, unwrinkled uniform should always be worn to class.  Any hazardous jewelry should be removed before class begins.

7.  A student should never ask a black belt to spar.  He should always wait to be asked.

8.  Students should always bow when entering or leaving the Dojo workout area.  Shoes should never be worn when on the workout floor.

9.  Students should strive for consistent attendance in order to advance properly.  Students anticipating an extended absence from class should inform the Sensei in advance.  Assistant instructors should announce all absences in advance.

10.  If a student must be late to a class, he should inform the Sensei in advance.

11.  The student should strive to concentrate only on the martial arts when in the Dojo and to leave behind any problems, animosities, etc. which could be counterproductive.  If any problem in doing this arises, a confidential consultation with the Sensei is urged.  The Sensei understands the mental and physical limitations of the student.  Laziness, in particular, cannot be tolerated in the martial arts.

12.  "Karate Ni Sentenashi" (the Karate exponent does not attack first.)  Students of the school may use Karate techniques only for self-defense or to uphold law and order.  The Karateka should not provoke an attack either physically or psychologically.  It is not the purpose of Karate to train those who would bully others.

13. Karate begins with courtesy, disciplines the mind and body, builds character, promotes respect, ends with courtesy, and leads to "Wa-no-michi" (Way of Peace).