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The Dojo
is tradionally known as a school or training area where students are instructed in a path which leads to self-realization. The dojo is a hall of mental as well as physical training and is treated with particular respect and veneration by all karate students, one must always bow when entering or leaving it. As you can see, the karate dojo is no ordinary place of exercise. It is the place where the sensie (teacher) and serious students strive to cultivate their minds towards perfection of the human spirit.

DOJO MANNERS AND RULES

The dojo is a special place where we train ourselves both physically and mentally. Students should respect each other and the dojo by observing the following manners and rules.
  1. Always show courtesy, politeness, respect, and kindness to all.
  2. Observe the training schedule by arriving early and being prepared for class. If you Ďre late, change immediately, and then wait for permission from the instructor before entering the training area.
  3. Shoes should be removed when entering the dojo and placed neatly in the area provided.
  4. When entering or leaving the training area, show your respect by bowing.
  5. No gum in the workout area.
  6. No smoking, horseplay and loud talking in the dojo.
  7. No profanity in the dojo.
  8. When late for class, ask permission to enter.
  9. Your gi should be kept clean and neat. Wearing jewelry or hair ornaments is not allowed and your fingernails and toenails should be kept short to prevent injury to other students and yourself.
  10. When the instructor calls for training to begin, line up quickly, facing the Shomen (front of the dojo).
  11. Bow to the instructor, senior students, and each other with appreciation and respect.
  12. Training with cuts or open sores is strictly prohibited unless properly covered. If injured while training, stop immediately and ask permission to obtain first aid supplies.
  13. When adjusting your clothing or wiping perspiration from your face, always turn away from the instructor.
  14. During class, kata should be performed with kime (focused power). If you become tired, rather than proceed weakly, rest for short period and then continue.
  15. Never leave the class for water, or early dismissal, without first getting permission.
  16. Listen carefully to the advice and instructions given to you. Donít forget to thank the instructor and senior student(s) to show that you have heard and understood their comment.
  17. Sempai (senior students) are responsible for setting the example of cooperation and conduct in the dojo. Kohai (junior students) should observe closely the actions of the sempai to correctly further their learning.
  18. Donít talk in class except to ask or answer a question. While observing training, always stand, kneel, or sit in a proper way and do not bother others by talking. Never lean on the walls or lay spread on the floors.
  19. No sparring is allowed below 1st kyu rank without permission. Fooling around can result in injuries and is absolutely prohibited.
  20. Never lose temper in dojo, especially in self-defense or free sparring
  21. No using equipment unless authorized by instructor.
  22. If injured, it is recommended that you still come to dojo and learn by observing training.

NOTES

  1. These rules are instituted for your safety and protection.
  2. The members of karate-ka shall conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect the utmost humility and respect for themselves and their school. The karate-ka shall be loyal, honest and possess a high degree of integrity with a practical purpose of developing cooperation and trust of fellow karate-ka teachers and sensei.
  3. Karate is not a contest of muscular strength, nor is its purpose one of attack. The possessor of this gains tremendous self-confidence and the ability to walk without fear. Karate is a method of self-defense without weapons for use in personal encounter. The practice of karate will keep a person physically fit and able to defend himself or herself and loved ones from danger. Once you have mastered the principles of karate you will have the skill and knowledge to subdue an aggressor even though you are unarmed.
  4. The ultimate aim of karate lies neither in victory nor in defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.
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