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Looking After Your Belt 

Be mindful of your belt and treat it austerely. Remember a belt is part of your uniform. One's belt should never be draped around the neck or cast unthinkingly aside. It is either tied properly around your waist or placed in your training bag. 

Expressing Undue Emotion

If you are feeling discomfort from the arduousness of training then it is considered impolite to express this openly. There will be opportunities to catch your breathe during class time but this does not mean you can drop your guard.Remain still and breath deeply while still maintaining class format.
Remember to train within your limits

Bowing (Rei)

The  reqular Bowing in a traditional Karate class is seen as a form of
austere acknowledgement. It is a practice that almost all traditional
martial art forms follow.


Arriving late

It is generally understood that many people live hectic lifestyles and for this reason it is often hard to be punctual. We believe it is better to arrive late and train, than to not train at all. Therefore if you do arrive late the following procedure should be followed, instead of simply strolling into the midst of a training session and interrupting the class as a result.

Take a position at the Dojo entrance on the matted section and sit in the Seiza position

Be sure that it is possible for the instructor to be aware of your presence.

When the instructor acknowledges your presences usually by way of a quick bow and or Oss!, you return the bow from the Seiza position and quickly join the class.

  • This is in itself an opportunity to practice correct posture and readiness.

Cleanliness and well maintained Dogi (Uniform)

It is considered bad manners to train in an unclean Dogi.

It is a simple matter of being aware that if your Dogi smells then
there is a good chance that this will increase the discomfort of other
students who are forced to train near you.

Remember  to air your Dogi after training

Through the course of your training it is common for a Dogi to become torn. it is considered important that a dogi is maintained.

 Wearing Jewellery:

Karate training is a very austere and respectful art form. A major element in
its practice is the homogeneous nature of everyone taking part. Karate is seen as a means of spiritual improvement and it can therefore stand
to reason that items of Jewellery and even cosmetics are seen as a
distraction from the spiritual goal of Karate. Wearing Jewellery can
also be seen as discriminatory, by leading to sense of segregation
between rich and poor and it is for a similar reason why uniforms are
worn at school.

 Souji (Cleaning the Mats)

It is general practice in the Dojo to clean the Mats at the end of each training session. Often this is looked towards as an unfavourable chore. However the underlying sentiment is that when you use something
it should be maintained so that whoever uses the facility after you can experience the same sense of comfort as you experienced.

 Excessive Contact (Kumite Training)

This is perhaps one of the hardest protocols of all to follow. When practicing Kumite a "boundary of limitation" must be adhered to. What this means is that when striking your opponent, the right amount of force and contact must be applied. if you are too soft neither yourself or your opponent get the benefits of training. If you are too hard then the same can also be be said to be true. It is easy to hit too hard and cause injury.Apply as much force as your opponent can comfortable handle. A common sense rule applies here when squaring off against different opponents of different sizes and strengths.

Bowing To Seniors

It is courteous for all junior grades on entering the Dojo prior to training to bow to senior grade 1st dan Black belts and higher. Japanese Karate operates in a similar manner to the military. Junior grades must bow to senior black belt grades as a sign of respect.