Leave your ego and personal life at home.
Discipline yourself to attend classes routinely and always practise to the best of your ability.
Do not wear your karate uniform for any other activity besides karate.
Do not block doorways or halls while waiting for class to begin.
Arrive on time. If you’re late, kneel at the side of the class in Seiza and wait to be acknowledged by the instructor. You must then do twenty push-ups, say “Osu,” and quickly join the class.
In class, address your instructors as Senpai, Sensei or Shihan and not with their personal names.
When you’re asked to do something in class, always move as quickly as possible-do not stroll.
If you need to adjust your karate uniform, or re-tie your belt, face away from the group, turn your back to the class, or on your partner, then do it as quickly as possible.
Observe proper hygiene (e.g. wash hands and feet, trim nails, and restrict long hair).
Your karate uniform must be washed, clean and neat at all times. After use, your belt should be air-dried. It should never be washed, as it contains the symbolical spirit of your hard training.
Remove extraneous objects such as jewellery and watches before class starts. Glasses are allowed.
Females should wear a white t-shirt under their uniform. Males should not wear a t-shirt, vest or rash guard under their uniform.
Refrain from talking or making noise while watching the training of others.
Acknowledge the instructor’s commands by responding with a crisp, “Yes, Sensei!” or “No, Sensei!”
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.
Never practise kumite (free fighting), unless an instructor is present.
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.
Practitioners should maintain a professional attitude. Demonstrations of affection or overly friendly conduct should be avoided.
If you’re observer or visitor refrain from using your phone, reading books, magazines or other materials. If you’re not there to observe practice, you should leave the training area.
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.
efrain from coaching from the side-lines.
Permission must be obtained to take photos or videos.
Your instructors, seniors and fellow students and others should all be treated with the same respect that you expect as a common courtesy. If you cannot find it in yourself to show respect to those taking the time to teach and train with you, then you do not belong in any karate dojo/club.
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.
Upon entering or leaving the dojo, show respect by bowing to it.
When you observe the training at the dojo, sit in the proper way, and do not stretch your leg out, put your hand on your lap. Please do not chat, or criticise other people’s skill while watching.
When using the training equipment, handle it with care, and be sure to put it back in the correct place after using it.
When the instructor (or any Senpai) gives you some advice, listen carefully and sincerely. Don’t forget to show that you have heard and understood the advice.