Dojo Rules

Every dojo has it’s own set of rules. The following encompasses many of the rules for dojos I have encountered during my years of training.

  1. Students will bow before entering and before leaving the dojo.
  2. Students will not walk on the workout area with shoes on. Students must wear shoes or sandals to and from the dressing rooms and the mat area.
  3. Students will behave appropriately at all times, both inside and outside the dojo.
  4. No Karate student will provoke violence or allow himself to be provoked into violence.
  5. Higher belts will aid lower belts in their training.
    Lower belts will follow the instructions of higher belts in the dojo.
  6. No alcohol or non-prescription drugs will be taken.
  7. No chewing gum or eating in the dojo while training.
  8. Students must refrain from criticizing other Martial Arts with which they are not familiar. All Martial Arts have the same basic aim within their teachings. To cultivate the individual’s mind, embody his mental culture, and above all, to perfect his character.
  9. Personal cleanliness is essential. Finger and toe nails must be kept short.
  10. Students will arrive for classes at the designated time.
  11. No rings, watches or other jewellery may be worn during classes for the safety of your partner and yourself.
  12. Karate uniforms must fit the student properly and will be kept clean and in good repair.
    (Jacket must be on unless specific training requires it to be off.)
  13. Under no circumstances will any Karate be taught by any member to any non-member.
  14. The Club Instructor and other black belts are called “Sensei”.
    In some dojo, the rule may be to address Black Belts as Mr., Mrs., Ms. or Miss. and only the chief instructor is to be addressed as “Sensei”.
  15. For dojo etiquette and mutual respect students must bow to one another.
  16. During formal classes, students should not leave the dojo without permission. It is a safety issue.
  17. During formal classes, students must be attentive to the instructors at all times. Students must not idly sit lean against the walls, or lie down on the mat.
  18. All students share in the responsibility for keeping the Dojo safe and clean.
  19. Students must remember that the teachings are safe as long as one keeps in mind the dangers and harm that can come from these teachings if not controlled.
  20. Students will maintain a serious attitude at all times. No profanity or loud talking is permitted in the dojo.
  21. There will be no sparring without permission and being under the direct supervision of a Black Belt or the Sensei.
  22. Students must approach and correct others not abiding by the Dojo rules. Anyone who violates these rules will be subject to disciplinary action as directed by the chief instructor.
  23. Visitors are welcome, but must be made aware of the dojo rules by the student.
  24. Any student using his skills outside the Dojo irresponsibly will be expelled from the dojo.    

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I teach Shihan Shigeru Ishino's Shorinjiryu Genbukan Karate in Kingston Ontario Canada since 1983. Shihan Ishino was an original student of Kaiso Masayoshi Kori Hisataka in Tokyo Japan, who came to Canada in 1969 to assist with the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate dojos in Montreal Quebec Canada.

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