CHALKSTONE KARATE CLUB
Correct etiquette is an aspect of Karate that is derived from its Japanese heritage and a very important part of your Karate training.
- Students must bow on entering and leaving the dojo
- Students must always address instructors as “sensei” whilst in the dojo.
- “oss” is a sign of respect and is typically used in the following situations:
- Upon receiving instruction from sensei, students should reply “oss”.
- When bowing at the beginning and end of the lesson.
- When bowing to your partner before kumite.
- In other appropriate situations such as grading or competitions.
- Members should not leave the dojo without first receiving permission from the Sensei.
- Members arriving late should take up a kneeling position at the entrance to the dojo and wait for permission to join the class. After receiving permission, they should bow before joining the class.
- Karate-gi’s must be kept clean and in good order.
- Finger and toenails must be kept clean and short.
- For reasons of safety, long hair must be tied back with a band and all jewellery must be removed for training. If jewellery cannot be removed, it must be taped up.
- As a member of Chalkstone Karate Club, you must not behave in a manner offensive or disruptive to the etiquette of the dojo.
- Members must not behave in a manner that will bring the name of the club, association or Shotokan Karate into disrepute.
- Members should ensure they have used the toilet prior to the start of the lesson so they do not disrupt the class by needing to go after tuition has begun.
- Members should not talk whilst instruction is being given.
If any student displays disruptive behavior or continues to disregard Dojo etiquette, they may be asked to leave. Permanently.