Dojo Rules

Dojo Rules for Members and Parents

The regulations prescribed by the Sensei Carter of Edmonton JKA are to be carefully followed by all karate-ka (members) and parents. These rules have been handed down from ancient times and are continued as part of the Karate-do. The following rules of etiquette are observed whenever Karate is taught.

  • Whenever entering or leaving the dojo, stand in the doorway, face the front, bow and say “oss“.
  • Be at the Dojo 15min early to picking up your child or you may be asked to stay in the lobby.
  • Remove shoes upon entering the dojo. Shoes are NEVER worn on the training floor. Shoes will be neatly placed on the shelf, not scattered about on the floor.
  • Late arrivals should make themselves known to the Instructor by kneeling at the side of the Dojo floor, bowing to the Shrine or Shomen and then to the Instructor where the student must wait for permission to join the class.
  • When sitting, always sit cross-legged or in seiza position. (If you have a knee problem, please speak to the Sempai.)
  • While a class is in session, karate-ka should not lean against the wall or lie down on the mats. Rather, they should conduct themselves in a more acceptable manner paying strict attention to the instructions being given or the class being taught.
  • The Karate student must show courtesy and respect to all instructors and fellow students.
  • Always address the instructors by their proper title, Sensei or Sempai (senior student), inside the dojo. THIS INCLUDES PARENTS AND ADULTS.
  • Acknowledge the Sensei or Sempai with a loud “Oss” when they speak to you or say “Hai (yes) Sensei” or “Hai Sempai“. Always acknowledge criticism given by the instructor or any other person.
  • Be on time so you will not interrupt classes or instructors by being late. It is proper to ask the instructor for permission to practice when arriving late for class, or if you need to leave early.
  • Every time you get a new partner for any exercise, bow. Every time you’re about to switch partners, bow to your old partner before moving on to the next.
  • Treat your partner courteously and with proper etiquette. Always challenge your partner to a degree that is beneficial to his/her learning.
  • Junior students must look to seniors for guidance and treat them with respect.
  • Senior belts must set an example for the junior belts. You must lead junior belts by example.
  • Talking back to the instructor or senior in a condescending manner is strictly forbidden, whether you think that you are right or wrong the only acceptable answer is OSS. One must be willing to obey the rules and learn self-discipline.
  • Your GI must be NEAT and WASHED CLEAN at all times. Cleanliness will eliminate the possibility of offending others and a clean mind is a necessity for dedicating yourself to your training. Your belt should NEVER be washed, only air-dried. It symbolizes the spirit of your effort.
  • When adjusting your GI or re-tying your belt it is proper etiquette to turn away from the front (shomen) and away from your partner. (It is improper behavior to dress or adjust your GI while facing someone.)
  • Toenails and fingernails are to be kept short to prevent injury. Long hair is to be tied back during training.
  • Makeup and jewelry are not to be worn during training sessions. All metal objects, jewelry, piercings, necklaces and other such items should be removed before entering the mat.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
  • Dojo fees must always be paid on time. This is also Karate, it is disrespectful to expect an instructor or club secretary to remind you of such matters.
  • No shoes, food (including gum), or drinks are permitted in the Dojo by anyone.
  • Do not talk while the instructor is talking.
  • Only assistant instructors are permitted to teach other students. If you are not an assistant instructor, please refrain from teaching techniques to other students. Likewise students should only ask for assistance with technique from an instructor or assistant instructor.
  • Ask the instructor if you have any questions or concerns about anything.
  • Always bow to your partner and shake hands before and after training.
  • Always be respectful when in the Dojo.
  • If you don’t recognize someone on the mat, please introduce yourself. We are all friends here!
  • Higher ranking belt members should always emanate how martial artists should act.
  • Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify your ego.
  • Bring indoor slippers or flip flops to use inside the building in case you need to use the bathroom. Do not walk outside or in the bathroom with bare feet. You must wear sandals or shoes.
  • Hang up all jackets on the rack or they will need to be placed inside your bag as this becomes a safety hazard when on the floor.
  • Do not change in the hallway.
  • Please make sure to use the hand sanitizer provided before and after each class.
  • Conversation which is not directly related to the training sessions is not permitted while training.
  • Children not participating in class should be under the supervision of a parent/guardian at all times.

Any issues with the rules please talk with Sensei.

This Dojo is owned and operated by Sensei. Students/parents can be asked to leave if rules are not followed.

Unpleasant/Severe behavior will be dealt with and may affect all.

Student/Parent will be told of the behavior (if it’s a child) or a written warning is given to an adult student. The conversation or letter will explain that if the behavior continues then we will have to suspend the student from the Dojo, for a month or more (depending on the severity of the behavior). After the completed suspension time, they will be allowed to return to their karate training but their behavior will be watched closely. The student/Parent maybe asked to repair the issue with a task or services.

  • Remove belt
  • Retest
  • Help in the Dojo or community
  • Fund raise

If after a sustention period the behavior does not change OR if a student/Parent does something very bad (fighting in public, hitting another student when we are not sparring, aggressive behavior to the instructors), then we will exclude the student/Parent from the Dojo completely.

Although we try our very best to make respectful/well mannered people out of everyone, it is sometimes not always possible. ​

We can give many second chances and try our very best to change around someone that struggles with their behavior. But, at the end of the day we do have to think about our other students welfare and the fact they are paying to be kept safe and taught well. We also have to keep all our instructors and assistant instructors safe at all times and provide an enjoyable atmosphere.

Please contact Sensei if you have any questions. (780-554-9420, jka.sean@telus.net). 

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