ETIQUETTE & CLUB RULES FOR STUDENTS
By joining Elite Martial Arts Richmond , you agree to give 100% of yourself in every session. There are no excuses or second chances. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to excel, to be more, to achieve your best. Do not squander your time by going through the motions. Train hard and get results. NEVER GIVE UP!
Karate is a weaponless fighting art with its roots in China, Okinawa and Japan. “Karate” literally means “empty hand”.
“KYOKUSHIN” is a style of stand-up, full contact Karate founded in 1964 by Korean/Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. KYOKUSHIN is Japanese for” THE ULTIMATE TRUTH” It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvements, Discipline and hard training. One of the goals of KYOKUSHIN karate is to strengthen and improve Character by challenging oneself through rigorous training. While karate should only be used for self defence and to protect others, karate training also has other benefits.
As a student masters karate techniques and gains confidence in his/her abilities, the student should gain control of other aspects of his/her life. Through rigorous training, the student will realize that, with discipline and determination, almost anything is possible.
Serious study of karate should cultivate the virtues of humility, strength of character, creativity, decisiveness, patience, and respect for others. Karate training requires strict discipline and formal etiquette in order to establish a safe and pleasant atmosphere for learning . Following is a code of conduct which should be observed before and during training at EMAR dojo:
1. Leave your ego and personal life at home.
2. Discipline yourself to attend classes routinely and always practice to the best of your ability.
3. Do not wear your karate uniform for any other activity besides karate.
4. Do no block doorways or halls while waiting for class to begin.
5. Arrive on time. If you are late kneel at the side of the class in Seiza and wait to be acknowledged by the Instructor. You must then do 20 push ups, say OSU and quickly join the class.
6. In class address your Instructors as Senpai , Sensei or Shihan and not with their personal names.
7. When you are asked to do something in class, always move as quickly as possible-do not stroll.
8. If you need to adjusted your karate uniform or re-tie your belt then face the group with your back, away from the front of the class or your partner and do it as quickly as possible.
9. Observe proper hygiene (e.g. wash hands and feet, trim nails, confine long hair).
10. Your karate uniform must be washed ,clean and neat at all times. Your belt should be aired dry ,but never washed, as it symbolically contains the spirit of your hard training.
11. Remove extraneous objects such as jewellery and watches before the class starts .( glasses are allowed).
12. Inform your instructor of any health issues or injuries that will affect your training.
13. Females should wear a white t-shirt under their uniform. Males should not wear a t-shirt, vest or rash guard under their uniform.
14. Refrain from talking or making noise while watching the training of others.
15. Acknowledge the instructor’s commands by responding with a crisp, “Yes, Sensei!” or “No, Sensei!”
16. Be sure to go to the toilet prior to training. An accidental blow to a full bladder can be extremely dangerous. Try also to remember that it is not good for the body to train on a full stomach, so avoid eating for at least 1 hour before the class starts.
17. Never practise KUMITE (free fighting), unless an Instructor is present.
18. If you must leave the dojo floor due to a personal emergency, ask the instructor for permission to leave and then bow out. As you leave the DOJO face the group and say OSU. Follow the same procedure when you re enter the DOJO..
19. Practitioners should maintain a professional attitude. Demonstrations of affection or overly friendly conduct should be avoided.
20. If you are observer or visitor refrain from using your phone ,reading books, magazines or other materials. If you are not there to observe practice, you should leave the training area.
21. Use of cell phones is not allowed unless they are directly connected with personal safety. Work-related use of cell phones may be allowed with permission of the instructor.
22. Refrain from coaching from the sidelines.
23. Permission must be obtained to take photos or videos.
24. Your Instructors, Seniors and other Students, whoever they may be, should be treated with the respect that you, yourself would expect as common courtesy. If you cannot find it in you to show respect to a person who is taking their time to teach you and train with you, then you do not belong in a Karate Dojo/Club.
25. Your participation is voluntary ,so if you see something that you think is unsafe you should immediately tell the instructor and decline to participate in that activity. Always work within your own limits.