Dojo Etiquette


On entering the Dojo (training hall) for the first time we ask you to adhere to a few basic rules as etiquette and safety are important aspects of your karate training.

  1. Always bow into the dojo on entering and leaving the dojo.
  2. If entering the dojo during a lesson wait in at the entrance in Seiza until Sensei gives you permission to enter, then you may bow and come in.
  3. You must not leave the dojo during class without permission from sensei.
  4. Always train in bare feet unless a medical condition dictates otherwise.
  5. Hands and feet to be kept clean including fingernails and toenails.
  6. Never talk over your instructor’s tuition and stand in formal stance during instruction.
  7. Do not lean on walls or sit down during a class unless told to do so.
  8. Do not eat, drink or chew anything in the Dojo. If you wish to have a drink then you must ask permission to leave the Dojo.
  9. All jewellery, watches, wrist bands are to be removed or covered whilst training to minimise the risk of injury.
  10. No T-shirts to be worn under the gi (white suit) except by girls and women who may wear a plain white T-shirt. During extremely cold weather boys may wear a plain white vest.
  11. All other students should be treated with respect and consideration.
  12. The karate Gi should be clean and ironed at every training session and should have the club logo.
  13. Bad language is not permitted in the Dojo.
  14. All equipment to be treated with respect.
  15. Always do your best!