Karate is different from other sports because a student is not only required to learn and improve his ability and technical skill, but learns how to respect him/herself and others. Part of this respect is gained through the Dojo Rules and Etiquette.
All youth students will be required to recite a selection of these Dojo rules during their belt promotion test. The rules are as follows:
1) I will always listen to my parents and treat them with respect.
2) I will only practice karate at home or at the dojo and only with permission.
3) I will always be respectful to all adults by saying “Yes ma’am, no ma’am or yes sir and no sir.”
4) I will always do my best in school.
5) I will be considerate and understanding of other people’s feelings.
6) I will never interrupt an adult while they’re speaking.
7) I will always tell the truth.
8) I will follow all the rules and do my chores at home.
9) I will keep my hands and feet to myself.
10) I will use karate for self-defense only.
11) I will respect my brother’s or sister’s personal space.
12) I will always do my best and help others to do the same.
In addition to the rules above, all students regardless of age or rank should be familiar with the following basic dojo etiquette:
— Karate students must be prompt and on time for all training.
— Karate students must remove all jewelry prior to training. These items can cause injury to oneself and others.
If a piece of jewelry cannot be removed, then tape must be wrapped around it for protection.
— Prior to entering the training area please remove footwear and place in the designated area.
— Karate students should bow when entering or leaving the dojo, at the beginning and the end of class, before and after sparring with a partner, before and after performing a kata, and when greeting the instructor.
— Karate students must not chew gum or have candy/food while training.
— Always face the instructor when the instructor is talking.
— Karate students must follow the instructions of their seniors and instructors, quickly and respectfully.
— Karate students must not engage in idle talk while training is in session.
— Karate students must remain quiet and attentive when not exercising.
— Always try your best.
— Karate students must have the instructor’s permission to leave class before it has ended.
— Karate students must be courteous and helpful to each other.