Dojo Etiquette

Dojo Etiquette or (Rules of the School) were established in order to maintain a friendly and orderly environment conducive to learning. We ask all students and parents to abide by the following rules. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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  • Always respect your parents and authority.
  • Students must always show respect to their peers and instructors which is a sign of
    courtesy. Please treat everyone with courtesy.
  • A bow of respect will be performed before entering and leaving Dojo or mat area.
    Greet instructors and fellow students with a bow.
  • Once an instructor has officially started class, all other activities should cease and full participation should be given. Training on the side or extraneous talking is distracting and disrespectful.
  • All students must follow the basic rules of hygiene. Bathe regularly, cut fingernails and toe-nails and wash your practice clothing as needed.
    * Foul body odor or dirty gi’s (uniform) will not be tolerated — it is disrespectful to the instructor and other students. Anyone found to be in violation of basic hygiene will not be permitted to train in the class.
  • Students must wear a clean uniform in good repair at all times. Absolutely no street clothes are allowed on the mat*, unless it is your first trial class. Students not in proper attire will not be allowed to train in the class.
    * Kickboxing, No gi BJJ and Yoga are the only classes where street clothes are permitted
  • No hats, shoes or jewelry is allowed on the mat area.
  • All students share the responsibility of keeping the Dojo safe and clean.
  • Students must remain quiet and attentive in the Dojo and not engage in idle chatter
    during class. Remember in the Dojo, Martial Arts is your only concern.
  • No fighting or sparring will take place except under the direction of a black belt
    instructor.
  • Weapons are to be used only under the supervision of a black belt instructor. After
    using any piece of equipment, put it back in it’s rightful place.
  • The word Osu is a sign of respect used in many situations such as :
    • When bowing as you enter or leave the Dojo or mat area.
    • Upon receiving any advice/command from Instructors.
    • As a greeting or in any appropriate situation.
  • Tuition is due at the beginning of the month.
  • Upon entering the Dojo students must sign the attendance sheet at the front desk.
  • Parents are free to watch lessons but are requested not to speak to or
    distract the students during class.
  • DO NOT ABUSE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE MARTIAL ARTS.
    Martial Arts should only be used to protect yourself and others.

While these rules may seem formal, they help to instill a sense of respect and discipline
necessary in a sport or art which may, if taken lightly, can be dangerous.
Thank you.

Some good advice.

  • Train to the best of your ability and with maximum effort.
  • Attend classes regularly.
  • Practice at home.
  • Always demonstrate good behavior and correct etiquette.
  • Listen to your instructor.
  • Improve and train the skills you have.
  • Learn your new skills well.
  • Treat every training session as though it’s a grading.