Dojo Etiquette

Dojo Etiquette

The Dojo is a sacred place where we train ourselves physically & mentally. The student should respect the Dojo & observe the following etiquette.

(1) Always arrive punctually for training.

(2) Before starting practice go to the toilet.

(3) On entering the Dojo bow respectfully with “Oss”

(4) Always wear a clean white Karate Gi (Suit) in the Dojo.

(5) During the class address the Instructor as “Sensei”.

(6) Keep fingernails & toenails short to prevent injury to other students when training.

(7) When the Instructor calls for training to begin line up smartly facing the Instructor.

(8) If you are late for training, kneel in “Mokuso” posture on instructors left, awaiting
admission to class.

(9) When acknowledged by Instructor bow “Oss” & join the class according to your
grade.

(10) While training listen carefully & seriously to the advice given by the Instructor.

(11) Train hard to improve your own standard & do not criticise your fellow students.

(12) When the Instructor calls “Mokuso” (Meditation) close your eyes & breath deeply from
the lower stomach. Concentrate on your breathing & try to clear your mind.

(13) All students must train at least twice a week before a grading is allowed.

(14) When you observe training at the Dojo, respect the class keeping noise to a
minimum.

(15) Always keep the Dojo clean & tidy.

(16) Always bow when leaving the Dojo.

20 Precepts of Shotokan

Funakoshi Sensei, The father of Modern Karate.

20 Precepts of Shotokan Karate by Sensei Funakoshi, Founder of the Shotokan style.

1. Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with rei.

2. There is no first strike in karate.

3. Karate is an aid to justice.

4. First know yourself before attempting to know others.

5. Spirit first, technique second.

6. Always be ready to release your mind.

7. Accidents arise from negligence.

8. Do not think that karate training is only in the dojo.

9. It will take your entire life to learn karate, there is no limit.

10. Put your everyday living into karate and you will find “Myo” (subtle secrets).

11. Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.

12. Do not think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.

13. Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.

14. The out come of the battle depends on how you handle weakness and strength.

15. Think of your opponents hands and feet as swords.

16. When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.

17. Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced.

18. Practicing a kata exactly is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.

19. Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of
      the body, and slowness and speed of techniques.

20. Always think and devise ways to live the precepts of karate-Do every day.