Start and End of Each Class

Starting and Ending the Class

NOTE: The protocol followed may vary from dōjō to dōjō

The instructor or senior student calls everyone to line up saying “seiretsu“.

When lining up, each person is to stand shoulder to shoulder with the person to their right.

The line is to be as straight as possible.

When bowing, bring your heels together and point your toes in a 45 degree “V” position. Place the palms of your hands at the side of your thighs. Bow to approximately 20 degrees, while keeping your back straight. As you bow, your eyes must follow your bow. Never stare into your partners’ eyes as you bow. This shows disrespect and distrust.

The instructor or senior student calls the students to kneel one after the other by rank saying “seiza”.

From attention stance proceed left knee down first, then right knee, toes touching but not crossed. (Remember,… Left behind)

Sit with a straight back, do not slouch or show fatigue, remain still.

The instructor or senior student calls class to meditate by clapping his hands once and saying “mokuso“! 

Close your eyes and breathe in through the nose. Hold your breath for a count of three. Then exhale out your mouth. Repeat the breathing until you hear the next command from the senior student or instructor. Prepare your mind for the karate class.

The instructor or senior student will end meditation with a single clap of the hands and saying “mokuso yame“.

Open your eyes, everyone looks to Shomen

The instructor or senior student says “Shinzen Ni Gasho”.”

All perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.

 

The instructor or senior student says “Kaiso ni keirei“.

All perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.

The instructor will turn to face the class. The instructor or senior student says “(Shihan/Sensei/Sempai) ni keirei“.

All perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.

The students at the far right and far left of the front line will turn inwards at a 45 degree angle.

The instructor or senior student says ” Otagai ni rei”.

All perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.

 

The students at the far right and far left of the front line will turn to face forward.

The instructor first rises from kneeling position to attention stance (heiko dachi), then senior belt rises and the next rises and so on by rank (Remember,… Right up).

The instructor will change from heiko dachi to musubi dachi and perform a standing ceremonial bow, the students will also change their stance from heiko dachi to musubi dachi and perform a standing ceremonial bow.

The instructor or senior student will say to the class to spread out to begin the practice.

If it is the end of the class there may be some announcements before the class is dismissed and the dojo is cleaned and equipment put away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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