Dojo Rules and Etiquette
In the dojo, it is important to show proper respect to instructors and others. Everyone is taking time out of their evenings to come together and train. Training hard, maintaining a positive demeanor, and working with your partners are key to advancing in the studying of Kenpo.
There are a number of things during training that you should specifically avoid doing including:
Dojo Kun (Dojo Principles/Rules)
All students are expected to adhere to the dojo kun, or guiding principles for karateka. The five rules/principles are:
一、人格 完成に 努める こと
hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto
English: Seek perfection of character.
hitotsu, makoto no michi wo mamoru koto
English: Be faithful.
hitotsu, doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto
hitotsu, reigi wo omonzuru koto
English: Respect others.
hitotsu, kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto
English: Refrain from violent behavior.
*Translations vary, cited translations are from the Japan Karate Association (JKA)
Entering/Exiting the Dojo
Upon entering the dojo, you are to bow and in a loud voice state the proper greeting for the time of day or “Osu”.
When leaving for the end of class, do the same.
If you need to leave the dojo, during practice, bow but you do not need to shout a greeting.
You should strive to arrive to practice on time with proper time to change clothes. If for some reason you are late, you should try to contact one of the instructors. If for some reason, you need to leave a practice early, you should only do so after you speak with one of the instructors and exit the dojo properly.
Uniform (gi) and belt (obi)
Keep your training uniform clean, in good shape, and free of offensive odors. You should not wear your gi outside of training, competition, or demonstrations.
You should remove your shoes before entering the dojo.
Finger Nails and Toe Nails
Make sure to keep your finger and toe nails cut short. Not doing so can lead to serious injury of othersand self.
You should remove all jewelry prior to practice. This includes (but not limited to) rings, earrings, watches, necklaces, etc. Jewelry presents a safety hazard to both yourself and others. Plan ahead and bring a container to hold your jewelry during training.
Kumite Training and Conditioning
Remember when training with others that everyone has varying amounts of experience and conditioning. It is important to work with your fellow karateka in a way that helps you both improve.
Dues are ¥5000 for adults and ¥3000 for children and are due at the beginning of each month. Please pay your membership dues promptly, and using the envelope provided. If, for any reason, you are unable to pay your dues on time, talk with the person in charge of dues collection. Sometimes special rates are available for those experiencing financial hardship.
The Dojo patch cost Y1000 and will be given to you after you have been with the dojo for several months. Sensei will decide when each student should receive their patch. Please be sure to sew your patch on the left breast of the gi.
A properly tied belt shows that you care to take the time to do things right, and that you pay attention to details. Having an improperly tied belt can make a bad impression with instructors and other karateka. The diagram below illustrates how to properly tie your belt (practically all karate styles tie the same way):
Bowing is a show of respect. A proper bow in most situations is done by placing your heels together, moving your feet outward to make a 90 degree “wedge” in your heels, and bowing. The degree of the bow conveys an amount of respect, with deeper bows intending to show more respect as shown: