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                                                                                DOJO  RULES:

General Etiquette Expected During Class :
When class starts, your mind should be on karate and improving your own technique. Concentrate, give spirited kiai, don't talk unnecessarily, and practice hard at every session...below are your requirements to follow...if you don't take note of your requirements and learn the rules, student creed, dojo code & priniciples of black belt, your training & progress at the SKC Academy may be affected. Remember it is every members duty to respect & keep your Dojo clean and tidy at all times.

Arriving Late :Arriving late is highly discouraged and should be avoided if at all possible. If you are late, please complete one push-up,sit-up, & dorsal raise for every minute you are late, then kneel by the edge of the training floor in seiza and wait for the Instructor to give you permission to join class. Once you have received permission, please bow from a kneeling position, stand up, and step onto the floor if it is safe to do so. Please wait to join if the group is actively practicing a drill or technique. Do not walk in front of people. Please walk along the edges of the floor.If you are ( or going to be ) more than 15 minutes late past the start of the session,if its a one-off your instructor or sampai may let you join in the clas but if its a second or third or more time you are late more then 15 minutes then skip that session or sit and watch. You will be allowed into your class 5 minutes before it starts, no earlier.

  • Use the toilet BEFORE you start your class. DON'T keep going to the bathroom/toilet during the class.  ( Unless you have a medical condition that we know about)

  • If you make a mess in class of whatever it may happen to be, you must clean it up immediately.

  • Don't wear jewellery, watches, metal rings, etc. Don't chew in class .

  • Whenever you're told to move from one part of the room to another, do it quickly (i.e., run, trot, or fast-walk).

  • Don't pass in front of anyone, go behind and around them.

  • When asked to stand back or sit back and watch, do so in a normal standing or kneeling position, silently, and without leaning on walls or legs protruding out.

  • If you need to leave a class early, let the instructor know beforehand. Do not leave the training dojo floor without permission.

  • Every time you get a new partner for any exercise,in Kihon, Kata or Kumite,rei,( bow) first. Every time you switch partners, bow to your old partner before moving on to the next.Always show  courtesy & respect to others. All members must display respect and courtesy to any visitors in the Dojo.

  • Don't make overt displays of how tired or in pain you are, no matter how tired or in pain you are. Stay calm, relax, breathe deeply through the nose and out through the mouth & persevere keep going.

  • If you are injured or can’t continue training because of illness, ask to be excused and inform the instructor of your situation. If you have an injury or a limitation, please inform the Instructor or sampai before class starts.

  • When asked to take count,make the counts loud, short, sharp, and spirited. Keep the same pace as the one set by the instructor.When asked to speak or explain anything, do so loud and clear .

  • Don't say any words when you kiai. ‘Kiai’ itself, being a Japanese word should not be a kiai. Common kiai sounds include ‘Ya!’, ‘Ei!’, ‘Hai!’. The kiai originates from the lower abdomen and not the throat. It is not a yell in the normal sense, but used with exhaling sharply out and tensing the core muscles.

  • Stay fully focused when Sensei or Sempai is giving instructions and do not ask irrelevant questions at that time or get distracted by talking and not paying attention.

  • Do not come to the dojo if you are sick with something contagious like a cold,flu or a viral infection.

  • When coughing, sneezing or yawning, be sure to cover your mouth with your elbow.

  • Be sure to wear a clean uniform to every class and to observe common good hygiene. Please make sure your belt stays tied properly. Instructor/s can refuse you admission if your suit is neat & tidy.

  • Keep finger and toe nails trim so as not to scratch or cut training partners.

  • Do not use strong cologne or perfumes or too much fragrance; some people are allergic to them.

  • Do not consume alcohol or other mind-altering drugs or medications before training.

  • Please turn off your cell phone or keep it in your car. 

  • Remember in martial arts bowing is a gesture of respect and not a sign of worship. If you feel uneasy bowing then don't bow, instead just say OSS with a respect in your heart.

  • Do not make fun of others techniques, or laugh at them if they get things wrong, work on yourself only, unless you are asked by sensei or sampai to help in coaching other students.

  • Adult members who also have children training at the Academy must make arrangements for them to be picked up after their class immediately to avoid noise and distractions in other classes,if that is not possible then the children should be supervised by giving them some reading books or other material to focus on quietly whilst waiting in the class. No noise or distraction will be tolerable.

  • Parent/Guardians are allowed to watch or observe upto three full training sessions of their children, after that the maximum observation time will be upto 15 minutes only, to allow more space to be used for teaching.(Unless there is a medical or other necessity which we will consider.) Parents are not allowed to do any kind of instructing or interacting with their children whilst the class is in progress.

All students are required to memorise the above rules as soon as they become active members and at all times thereafter, as you could be asked questions about them by your sensei or sampais.

our members student creed dojo rules and priniciples of black belt
dojo kun rules
Dojo kun in japanese and english translation
5 precepts of karate as laid down by the founder of shotokan Gichin Funakoshi

Note: All the above Rules, Student Creed, Principles of Black Belt, & Dojo Kun need to be memorised and understood by all our members .

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