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The Dojo etiquette that we follow is that practiced by Kyokushin Dojo’s in Japan and throughout the world. Some variations apply as changes are made to suit local conditions.

To show respect for the Shihan, Sensei and Senpai and observe Karate traditions is a vital part of the discipline and character of training that every beginner must undergo if they are to advance along the way of Karate. The following are basic etiquette practices.

1. Remove shoes at Dojo Entrance.

2. When you enter the Dojo and whenever you come into the main training area, face the SHINDEN (shrine) and execute a formal bow and “Osu”. Then another bow and “Osu” to the highest grade in attendance. This formal bow is a mark of respect for the traditions of Karate and the Dojo in which one trains. In our country the shinden has no religious significance but serves to remind us of all Karate Sensei (teachers) that have taught before us as well as a symbol of our Dojo or club spirit.

3. When late to class, kneel at the rear of the class sitting in seiza with your back to the class. Wait in mokuso (eyes closed). When acknowledged, remain in seiza and bow, saying “shitsurei shimasu” (excuse me for being late). Stand and turn to the front and bow once again with a strong “Osu” and quickly fall into the back of the class.

4. When asked to proceed to a position or when lining up, always move as quickly as possible.

5. Address your instructor as Senpai, Sensei or Shihan as the case may be, never address them by there first name during class.

6. Listen carefully to your instructors directions. Acknowledge all instructions with a strong “Osu”. Remember an instructor will not ask you to do something they would not do also.

7. The instructor, whomever it may be, should be treated with the respect that you would expect as common courtesy. Karate begins and ends with courtesy.

8. Never question an instructors directions or speak in class unless asked by the instructor. Such obedience develops a bond of trust between instructor and student.

9. Do not adjust or remove any part of your dogi during training without being told to do so.

10. Never practice kumite unless an instructor is present. When practicing kumite with a black belt, do your very best, but show respect for their rank. If you think you can go harder then do so, but remember they will have your lower rank in mind whilst they are sparring and so will not be fighting their hardest.

11. Do not ask a higher grade for kumite. You should not refuse however, if you are asked by a senior grade.

12. Do not break rank for any reason without permission from the instructor. Never walk between rows, or between the instructor and those training. If you must leave your position, walk behind the row you are in to either side of the class and proceed from there.


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