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Dojo etiquette are rules of behaviour and codes of conduct that you are required to respect and uphold for your own safety and benefit as well as for others. Many of the rules are also directly related to traditional Japanese customs design to prevent conflict and minimise the risk of attacks or other threats in a very practical way. They are therefore an important part of your self-defence training and, as is stated in modern legal systems, 'ignorance is no defence under the law'.
  • Before commencing full training the student should familiarize themselves with the dojo etiquette and basic terminology.
  • Before commencing their first training session, new students should complete a membership application form. The student must  inform the instructor of any health issues and  potential medical problems.
  • Club membership (Joining) fees must be fully paid up in advance of the commencement of training.
  • Always bow on entering or leaving the dojo. Note that a traditional bow is performed from the waist. Because some people have issues about bowing to anyone other than God, the Monks prayer hands salutation is commonly used.
  • Before walking onto the mat always bow or perform the monk's salutation.
  • Always wait for the acknowledgement of the senior grade on the mat and then bow in return before walking on.
  • If you must leave the dojo for any reason during the course of a training session, let the senior grade know and get his permission first. The highest grade on the mat is responsible for all activities there and each students safety.
  • You should always bow to your training partner before commencing and immediately after training with them. It is a sign of respect and intentions.
  • During a presentation or grading the training pair should first bow to the senior grade/instructor or examiner and then to each other. Afterwards, they should bow first to each other and then to the examiner.
  • Shoes or socks should never be worn on the mat in the dojo.
  • Shouting, singing, eating, drinking and smoking are forbidden in the Dojo area.
  • Hair, hands and feet must be kept clean.
  • Finger and toenails should be kept cut short and filed for safety reasons.

Other more situation specific codes of conduct will be taught to students during training as needed.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in corrective measures or in the worst cases forfeiture of membership without refund of any training fees or membership subscriptions paid.


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