Dojo Etiquette

  1. Always arrive, change and be ready to start on time.
  2. Remove all jewellery before training as it can cause injury to yourself or others.
  3. If you arrive late, change and warm up in the changing room, then kneel at the dojo entrance until asked to join the class. Make a full, kneeling bow before rising, then move quickly and quietly to your place.
  4. Every time you enter or leave the dojo, always bow to the centre of the room as a mark of respect for your place of training.
  5. When starting and ending each session, the class will line up facing the Instructor, in grade order, with the senior grade on the Instructor's left.
  6. Following the Instructor, kneel down, left knee first, cross your feet and sit back on your heels. 
  7. On the command SHOMEN NI REI, place your palms on the floor and make a low bow, keeping your eyes forward, to honour the dojo. 
  8. On the command SENSEI NI REI, bow a second time, to honour your teacher. 
  9. On the command OTOGA NI REI, bow a third time, to acknowledge your training partners. Remain kneeling until told to rise.
  10. If it is necessary to leave the dojo during class, first inform the instructor. On your return wait (see 3 above) until asked to rejoin.
  11. Do not smoke at any time on the premises.
  12. Do not talk or chew gum during training.

 Ask reasonable questions when necessary, otherwise remain silent.