Dojo Etiquette

The following is a list of rules to follow in the dojo.

The rules are in place to maintain the level of safety and respect that is expected in a karate dojo.


  • Always refer to the senior instructor as “Sensei” and any other instructors and senior students as “Senpai”.

  • Always bow upon entering and exciting the dojo (training area), when you are bowed to, when joining or leaving class activities, before addressing an instructor, when addressed or summoned by any senior ranked person and upon meeting or leaving any student during partner practice.

  • If you need to take more than two steps in the dojo, run.

  • Be attentive during class and warm-ups. Do not stand with hands on hips or with arms folded, do not lean on anything or sit down during


  • Arrive early for class. When arriving late, warm up before entering in the dojo. Then kneel at the side of the class and wait for recognition from the instructor before bowing, then joining the class activities.

  • While any class is bowing in or out, stand silently and respectfully. Do not enter or leave the dojo while the rest of the class is bowing in or bowing out.

            Talk with other students before training and stretch is advised DO NOT run around practice kumite, jump on other students whilst waiting

             for training to start.

  • Do not talk with your fellow students during the class. The instructor talks and students listen.

  • If you need to leave class for any reason, seek the attention and permission of an instructor.

  • If you have to adjust your uniform, bow to the front, turn and fix yourself, turn back to the front and bow again.

  • For warm-ups or any class exercise, stand in a position that makes a straight row aligning with the person at the far left.

  • Inform the instructor of any medical problem or condition that may affect your training.

  • For safety, do not wear jewelry, watches or rings during training. Remove glasses for sparring.

  • Good hygiene must be observed. Uniforms must be kept clean. Finger and toe nails should be kept short to reduce the possibility of injury.

  • Mobile phones must be switched off or put on silent and must not be checked during training, except in emergency circumstances, in which case you must inform your Sensei.

  • DO NOT leave the Dojo floor during training, this includes going to the toilet or taking a drink unless advised by your Sensei PLEASE keep hydrated and use the toilet before training.