Dojo Etiquette

Dojo etiquette is another tradition which has been passed down since the days of Sakugawa Sensei. Dojo etiquette are the rules by which Karate practitioners are to conduct themselves. By having these rules, Karate as a whole, is brought up to a higher level of respect. Karate, was at one time, thought of as barbaric and brutal. Karate was something new and most people didn’t understand, or have respect for it as an art. Most styles have some form of dojo etiquette. The list below provides the rules by which we should try to conduct ourselves…

  1. Always bow before entering and leaving class.
  2. Always be respectful of your Sensei or Sempai.
  3. If you’re late, be sure to bow in before participating with class activity.
  4. When called to line up, always respond by saying “HAI” in a lound voice and then QUICKLY line up by rank.
  5. When called upon in class, always respond with loud “HAI” and then bow to the instructor, before and after the demonstration.
  6. Never argue or make excuses for mistakes.
  7. When straightening your gi, always turn around and face the back of the class.
  8. Always focus on what you are doing. Show visible interested and alertness.
  9. When instructor yells “YAME”, that means that you and your partner STOP immediately.
  10. Do not talk or be disruptive when your instructor is teaching.
  11. When bowing to another higher rank, be sure not to look them in the eyes.
  12. Always keep your gi clean and neat.
  13. Never use your skills to settle disputes.
  14. Never contradict your Sempai in front of others.