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Dojo Etiquette
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Dojo Etiquette

1.        Complete uniforms are required and young children should change at home.

2.       Your person and uniform must be neat and clean before entering the dojo.

3.       Fingernails and toenails must be kept trimmed. All jewellery and watches must be removed before practice.

4.       Footwear should be placed neatly at the entrance. Keep your things orderly in the dojo.

5.       Take off hats and shoes, dispose of food and drinks, and stop any distracting behaviour.

6.       When entering and leaving the dojo we face the front of the practice area and bow.

7.       Greet fellow students and sensei with a bow.

8.       Students line up and kneel in seiza at the beginning and end of class.

9.       The senior student calls out Shinden ni rei’, bow to the front, then Sensei ni rei’, bow to Sensei.

10.    If you come in late, enter onto the tatami and bow to Sensei.

11.     Students kneel quickly, and pay close attention when Sensei is teaching. When Sensei corrects you, bow and say ‘Osu’ or ‘Arigato’.

12.    Keep talking to a minimum when practicing to get the most out of your training time.

13.    Students needing to leave the tatami during class must first ask permission of Sensei.

14.    Always begin and end your training with your partner by bowing to each other.

15.    If uniforms become disarranged, students bow to each other, straighten their dogi, and then bow again and resume practice.

16.    Never shout, or become angry in the dojo, it is a place of courtesy and respect.

17.    Notify Sensei immediately of any accident or injury.

18.    In the case of an emergency where Sensei is off the tatami, the senior student is in charge.

19.    No kicking, wrestling or play in the dojo.

20.   You represent the dojo everywhere you are. Remember to treat others with courtesy and respect.