Dojo Rules

Safety:
  • Safety is first
  • There should be no talking on the floor during class, except for training purposes.
  • Students are expected to help maintain a safe training environment for themselves and for fellow students
  • Students are not to make physical contact with each other except during a supervised exercise drill.
Hygiene/Body:
  • Good hygiene and clean clothes are expected
  • Hydrate properly the night before and the day of class so you do not cramp up in class.
  • Short/Trim finger/toe nails need to be considered.  If someone has applied nails they need to be extra careful when performing partner work
  • If a student has a pre-existing injury, they need to be their own judge of what they can and cannot do in regards to the activity. However, they need to keep moving or ask for help in modifying the exercise.
  • No jewelry… (can bring a lock and lock purses/wallets, etc. in locker)
  • Arriving early to class: It is expected that someone sweeps the training area before class begins
  • No Socks or Shoes are permitted in the training area (We train with our bare feet)
    • EXCEPTION: Students who have or suspect they have a foot fungus are required to wear approved lightweight shoes while training
Be on Time:
  • “Roll” will be taken at the beginning of class. If you are late, it is your responsibility to let me know that you are here (otherwise you are considered “absent”)
  • 10 push-ups are to be done if you show up after the class has already lined up.
Respect:
  • Bow when entering and leaving the training area (it’s a respect thing, no religious connotations).
  • Bow to all black belts
  • When asked to step out of line, do not sit.  Always stand while on the side line
  • Feet are to never be shown to Instructor (Fold legs in)
  • “yes sir” and “no sir” are expected answers (boldly stated by students)
  • Respect for each other is also expected.
  • Your rank signifies more then just where you stand, it indicates your level of responsibility
  • All students shall show higher ranking students the respect their rank deserves
  • All Black Belts will be addressed as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” (They have earned it; even outside of class)
  • It is an honor to be asked to help another student, when asked, do it with pride
  • Never teach techniques or conduct demonstrations without prior consent from Sensei
  • Your Sensei is the only person that will teach/start you on a kata, no one else.
Sparring:
  • No face contact
  • No kicks or punches below the waist
  • Always wear hand pads, foot pads, mouth piece, head gear, chest protector
Misc:
  • Students are required to wear a uniform (Karate Gi) for every class and this uniform is to be kept clean.
  • All new students will need to purchase a Gi from Sensei
  • All students are required to own hand pads, foot pads, mouth piece, head gear  (All purchased thru Sensei)
  • Pay attention to the Japanese terminology/counting
  • Inclement Weather: If you feel that class might be canceled; Check the website www.karatefitness.net anytime after 5pm for week-day classes;  7am for weekend classes.
The student should remember that as a part of the dojo (school), he or she always represents the dojo.  If the student wishes to visit in other karate school or attend a martial arts event, the student should first talk to his or her Sensei.  Sensei may have experience with the school or event and can advise the student on proper etiquette for the situation.

Code of Ethics

The goal in the study of the martial arts is not to harm, but to defend one-self when attacked
A student of martial arts should have courage. Courage as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary:

The quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and a firm control of oneself.

If it is necessary to fight, it must only be with just cause
A karate-ka is never reckless
A karate-ka never fights for personal gain or glory
A karate-ka does not lose patience nor is impetuous
The purpose of our training is to develop:

  • Self-confidence
  • Self-respect
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-defense

Student Creed

  • To seek perfection of character
  • To be sincere and honest
  • To show strong spirit
  • To practice courtesy
  • To control bad temper