Remember the dojo creed

Humility, endeavour, respect, sincerity, purity, honesty, and patience.

Rules are guidelines and should be strictly adhered to.

  • Self-discipline, mutual trust and respect for one's opponent are essential to safe practice.
  • Please, carefully observe the following procedure in any dojo (hall, gym or room).
  • At all times the instructor must be called Sensei.
  • On entering the dojo rei (bow).
  • On greeting one's Sensei, training partner or other budokai (practitioner or the martial arts) rei and say "oo's / oss".
  • Students shall make every effort to attend classes on time.
  • Any person who has been drinking shall not present themselves for training.
  • Never walk on any training or contest area whilst wearing shoes.
  • Smoking and foul language between students in the dojo are at all times strictly forbidden.
  • Students must keep their bodies clean, nails must be cut short, and gi's must be washed and pressed. Gi's must not be drawn or written on by students.
  • Any student who arrives after training has commenced, or leaves the dojo before training has finished, shall execute a full kneeling rei at the edge of the mat.
  • Instructors shall not be called by their first name in the dojo.
  • No unnecessary talking is permitted during training. Students shall do their utmost to carry out the training as laid down by their Sensei.
  • All commands are carried out at the double.
  • Any student wishing to leave the dojo area shall not do so until receiving permission.
  • When training with an opponent, both shall rei simultaneously before and after training.
  • When demonstrating for, or upon receiving instruction for the Sensei, students shall acknowledge with standing rei and "oo's / oss".
  • Before entering any training or contest area for a competition, always rei at the perimeter before advancing into the area.