Dojo Etiquette

When entering or leaving the Dojo, stand in the doorway, face the front, bow and say “OSS”. This represents a mark or respect for the Dojo and the people in it. If the instructor is present bow towards him/her, if the dojo is empty bow towards the centre of the room

If late for training, kneel at the side of the class towards the back in SEIZA (formal kneeling position). When the instructor acknowledges you, stand up, bow and say “OSS” then quickly join the class.
Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in the Dojo.
Always move quickly in class when instructed to do something.
Do not practise KUMITE unless instructed to do so.
Do not break rank for any reason, without asking permission from the instructor. If you must leave your position, do not walk between the instructor and the class. Walk behind the row you are in to either side and proceed from there.
Always address the instructor and seniors by their proper title (SEMPAI, SENSEI) inside the Dojo. Acknowledge them with a loud “OSS” when they speak to you.
Your training should be a serious matter. Do not laugh, giggle, talk or cause disruption during the class. You should always stand in FUDO DACHI (Ready stance) when waiting for the next command.
All directions, by instructor, should be obeyed in the Dojo, without question. You will not be asked to do anything that your instructor has not done him/herself already. If you cannot keep up, do the best you can.
Always keep your fingernails and toenails short and clean.
If told to take a break (for instance if the class is split and you are resting while others are performing kata). No sitting on chairs, leaning against the wall or lying down. Stand relaxed but ready, do not fold your arms
It is everyone's responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
Your karate-gi (karate suit) must be neat and washed clean at all times. Your belt should NEVER be washed, only aired dry. It symbolically contains the spirit of your hard training.
Female karateka may wear a t-shirt or other garment under their karate-gi to preserve modesty, however male karateka should not.
Do not wear any kind of jewellery or watches during training.
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