- The dojo is a place for training. Maintain respect for the dojo, the equipment and
your fellow students by focusing on your training.
- Report all injuries immediately.
- Do not use any equipment that you have not received instruction upon, including
weapons, strike pads and makiwara.
- Foul language and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
- No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be allowed to train. This is
for your and your fellow student's safety.
- Cell phones and pagers must be turned off prior to training. If there is an emergency
requiring it to be turned on, please let the instructor know beforehand.
- Always dress and groom appropriately for a workout. All jewelry/accessories must
be removed prior to training.
- No shoes or socks will be allowed during training. Exceptions may be made while
- No food, gum or beverage may be allowed during training. If necessary, the instructor
will stop for a water break at which point, you may drink water off the mat.
- Work hard and have fun.
When class is ready to begin we will have either a formal or informal bow in. Students will be asked to line up by the instructor/ senior student. Every student should line up immediately. The instructor/senior student will lead the class through a bow before training.
- "Seiza" - Everyone should assume the formal kneeling position.
- "Shinza ni rei" - Bow to show respect the shrine or organization.
- "Mokusu" - Concentrate your breathing, close your eyes, and prepare for
- "Sensei ni rei" - Bow to show respect to the instructor.
- "Senpai ni rei" - Bow to show respect to senior students.
- "Otagi ni rei" - Bow to show respect to your fellow students.
- "Geiko hajime, tatte kudasai" - Stand up and wait at attention.
When class ready to end the insctructor will call the class to line up and lead either a formal or informal bow out. The formal bow out is essentially the same as the bow in, except that the Dojo Oath may be recited after everyone is in "Seiza". The final command will be "Geiko yame, tatte kudasai", which indicates that everyone should stand up and class is over. From there the instructor will talk about any pertinent announcements and then dismiss class.
then dismiss class.