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Shotokan Karate Handbook: Dojo Etiquette: Rules of Conduct

The Dojo Kun
Seek perfection of character.
Be faithful.
Endeavor.
Respect Others.
Refrain from violent behavior.


A martial art strives to improve himself as a person in five specific areas. They include:

* Character Development
* Effort
* Sincerity
* Respect
* Self-Control

Since there is a risk of injury, classes must be run in an orderly manner, which includes strict discipline. Safety must come first! So please adhere to the following training rules:

* Bow when entering or leaving the training (Dojo) area.
* Remove shoes when entering the dojo. Never walk on the floor with your shoes on.
* The dojo must be kept as clean as possible. Clothing and personal items should be placed neatly along the back wall of the dojo.
* Good hygiene must be observed. Uniforms must be kept clean. Finger and toe nails should be kept short to reduce the possibility of injury.
* Jewelry, watches and rings must not be worn while training.
* Chewing gum is not allowed when training. It is disrespectful and is not a safe practice.
* Do not talk with your fellow student during class. Instructor talks and students listen.
* Fooling around or horseplay will not be tolerated. Karate training demands discipline of both body and mind. Any breakdown in class discipline could cause someone to be injured.
* Show respect to all class members i.e., bow to each other when working together. In addition always maintain control of your techniques at all times.
* Since promptness is part of the self-discipline karate-do encourages, arriving late for class should be avoided whenever possible. Anytime you arrive late and training has begun, wait at the back of the dojo until the instructor motions you in before entering class.
* Never refer to the instructor by name in the dojo. Always address your instructor as Sensei or Sempai. Unless solicited, do not question the instructor during class. Wait until after class to ask any question. An emergency or illness is different.

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