Rules of Etiqutte

  1. All students are expected greet the instructor(s) when they enter the dojo.
  2. All students are expected to address the yudansha (black belts) with the proper honorific: Shodan ho, Kohai Shodan, Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Sensei, Tashi, Renshi, Shihan, Kyoshi, Hanshi, etc.
  3. All students are expected to arrive prior to actual class commencement so that they may help prepare both the dojo and themselves for class.
  4. The continuity of instruction must always be maintained; therefore, interruptions must be avoided.  All karate-ka are urged to use the toilet facilities prior to class commencement.  All electronic devices are to be left outside the training area.
  5. Upon entering, the student will stand at attention at the door, clap twice and state their first name and recite: “kimashita onegai shimasu”, place both hands at the sides, bow, and announce in an audible voice,  “osu!”
  6. Upon exiting, the same procedure is to be followed (the back is never to face the interior of the dojo), and state: “kaerimasu arigato gozaimashita” clap twice, bow, and announce again “osu!”
  7. All students are expected to keep the dojo clean, repair and maintain all equipment.
  8. Shoes are not are allowed on the dojo shiaido or tatami
  9. Permission to enter class must be obtained if late.  The students will be required to meditate and perform nominal and symbolic penitence.
  10. Permission to leave must be obtained from the yudansha or a sempai where appropriate before exiting.
  11. Karate uniform or gi is to be clean, pressed and all white with no ornamentation or insignia except that which has been authorized by the Hombu.  The Kenryukan patch is to be worn on left chest area symbolically near the heart.
  12. The belt (obi) represents your rank and achievement in the study of karate-do, therefore the belt must be worn at all times.  Unless in the case of an emergency situation, the belt must never touch the ground.
  13. The jacket (uwagi) sleeve is to be of mid-forearm length or greater.
  14. The jacket must be worn on the outside of the pants and not inside.
  15. Lower rank students must make every effort not to walk in front of the higher ranks especially the black belts.  When unavoidable, the student must extend the right hand open palm in a slightly upward-slow motion and then proceed to walk in front of the higher ranks.
  16. Inappropriate language is unacceptable.  Cursing, swearing, street talk, and any such terminology or gestures are not acceptable.
  17. Talking while the instructor is speaking or instruction is taking place is rude and not acceptable.
  18. Talking while in line up is unacceptable.  Always stand still.
  19. Always treat your fellow students with respect and dignity, do not engage in horseplay with fellow students remembering that you are responsible for your safety and that of others.
  20. Fingernails and toenails are to be kept short and clean.  Female students with long nails are urged to exhibit extreme care so as not to injure a fellow student with their fingernails.
  21. Jewelry must be removed by all karate-ka.
  22. A T-shirt may be worn during cold weather.  Female students must wear a T-shirt at all times.  The T-shirt must be all white.
  23. All junior belts are expected to give assistance to senior belts without having to be urged, cajoled, exhorted, pushed or ordered.
  24. Ikkyu ranked students are to be addressed as Sempai with the first name.
  25. The use of “hai” supersedes and replaces all affirmatives.
  26. All karateka are expected to show due respect by mutually bowing with accompanied “osu”.  There are, in fact, three types of bows:
  27. Karate-ka are expected to obey all directives.  Complaints are to be taken to the senior students present, and only if necessary to the Sensei.
  28. Yudansha wear the black pants (zubon) to regular classes.  The use of traditional white will be worn at formal events.
  29. Karate-ka may wear the hakama for purposes of demonstrations of kata, weapons and self-defense, but only with permission.
  30. Regular practice is essential; therefore, if you are going to be absent for any length of time common courtesy requires that you notify the dojo.
  31. Practice the spirit of karate-do.  Push yourself to the outermost limits all the time.
  32. Strive to develop your character and personality as much as you strive to develop your body and skills.
  33. Develop the spirit of teamwork and the willingness to help your fellow karateka.
  34. Always support dojo activities including tournaments.
  35. Learn, understand, believe, and live the meaning of karate-do.