Protocol in the Dojo

The protocol we follow during our class is an expression of our interest in upholding Japanese tradition in our karate training.

Salutations are an expression of respect, gratitude, friendship, and appreciation.
Different Shorinjiryu dojo may perform more or less elaborate entering and leaving salutations in the dojo.

Conduct within Dojo:

Always bow before entering or when leaving the dojo and to your Sensei (Instructor) and fellow students.
Bowing is a Japanese custom for displaying respect, humility, and lack of arrogance.
It is not a matter of “bowing down” to a superior; you will notice, black belts bow to lower belts and vice versa. Some compare it to the military were soldiers will salute each other.
Perform a Formal standing bow facing Shomen, as a sign of respect for everything that the dojo means to us. Shomen is the front wall of the room; sho means “true” and men means “face”.
In some Japanese dojo, where the instructor is a follower of Shintoism, a kamiza , a miniature Shinto shrine, may be placed at the Shomen, making it into a somewhat reverent area for Shinto worship.
Alternatively according to the instructor’s religious belief, a Christian instructor may have a crucifix.
Other items might also include a hata (club flag), the dojo kun (school principles), a picture of the founder, a picture of the current Chief Instructor, also the national flag of Canada, or a provincial or municipal flag, or even the flag of Japan.
Training: Everyone must train both the body and mind.
Always participate with complete concentration, determination, spirit, and sincerity. Never fidget, yawn or look disinterested.
Listening:
Do not talk among yourselves or lean against the wall. Listen to what is being taught. When sitting, lower yourself into seiza position first; then relax and cross your legs in anza position. Be respectful and pay complete attention to the instructor and his/her teachings. If you are standing off to the side and are called upon; quickly acknowledge yourself, bow and move to a ready position with purpose and confidence. Never wander aimlessly about.
Conduct with Partner:
Everyone must treat his/her partner courteously and with proper etiquette. Always challenge your partner to a degree that is beneficial to his/her learning. Never patronize your partner but always remember your control.
Everyone participates in the cleaning of the dojo floor prior to the beginning of class.
Considering that we train barefoot and breathe in any dust that we may raise as we move about, the floor of the dojo must be cleaned prior to class.
Starting the Class Ending the Class
Senior instructs students 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.
Senior instructs students 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.
Senior instructs 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.
Senior instructs 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.
Senior instructs class to meditate by saying “mokuso“!
Senior instructs class to meditate by saying “mokuso“!
The Instructor will end meditation with a single clap of the hands and then by saying “mokuso yame“.
Instructor will end meditation with a single clap of the hands and then by saying “mokuso yame“.
All turn to the Shinzen
Senior says “Shinzen Ni Gasho”.”
All execute a single clap.
All look to the instructor
In the Kenkokan dojo, the instructor says the following which is repeated by all
Nichi getsu sei shin
Sun, moon, stars and mind.
Ten chi chin mei
Heaven, earth, god and life.
shuhai
Respect
All execute two claps.
Senior will say “(Shihan/Sensei/Sempai) ni keirei
all perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.
All turn to picture of “Kaiso
All look to the picture of “Kaiso
Senior says “Kaiso ni keirei
all perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.
Senior says “Kaiso ni keirei
all perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.
All turn to the instructor.
All look to the shinzen.
Senior will say “(Shihan/Sensei/Sempai) ni keirei
all perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.
Instructor says the following which is repeated by all
Nichi getsu sei shin
Sun, moon, stars and mind.
Ten chi chin mei
Heaven, earth, god and life.
shuhai
Respect
All execute two claps.
All turn to the center of the dojo.
All turn to the center of the dojo.
Senior will say “otagai ni rei
all perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.
Senior will say “otagai ni rei
all perform the kneeling ceremonial bow.
The instructor first rises from kneeling position, (remember,… Right up), then senior belt rises and the next rises and so on by rank.
The instructor first rises from kneeling position, (remember,… Right up), then senior belt rises and then the next rises and so on by rank.

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