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Dojo Etiquette




  • Bow on entering and leaving the Dojo.

  • Address any teaching instructor as “Sensei”, any senior grade as “Sempai”

  • Say “OSS” upon receiving any advice or command from the instructor

  • Say “OSS” when bowing at the start or finish of the class

  • Say “OSS” when bowing to your partner in kumite

  • Train at your designated lesson and at least TWICE a week

  • Keep fingers and toe nails clean and short

  • Keep your “Gi” clean, ironed and in good condition

  • Ask your instructor or higher grades for advice

  • Show respect to each others

  • Tell your instructor before the lesson if you have a injury

  • Tell your instructor before the class if you must leave early

  • Learn the Dojo Code/Dojo Kun



  • Leave the class without your instructor’s permission

  • Arrive late for training (if you do, warm up outside then kneel at the front of the Dojo, wait to be asked to enter then bow and join the class)

  • Wear any jewellery in the Dojo (rings which won’t come off must be covered with tape)

  • Wear make up or nail varnish inside the Dojo

  • Use offensive language or behaviour in the Dojo

  • Use your Karate skills outside of the Dojo (except for self defence or the defence of other within the law)

  • Wear your Belt outside on the street

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