Dojo Code and Rules

Dojo Etiquette

Rules of socially acceptable behavior, or “etiquette”, are a cornerstone of society.

A karate club is a small society and it has its own rules and etiquette, and if you expect to progress in karate then these are the rules you must accept.

Most of the rules are common sense, based on maintaining the safety of the club members and promoting respect, understanding and tolerance for one’s self and others.

  • All students must bow upon entering and leaving the dojo. In TKC dojo`s is a demonstration of respect.
  • Anyone late for training should sit in seiza at the side of the dojo and wait for the instructor to acknowledge their presence before joining the class.
  • Never refer to an instructor by name while in the dojo. Always use the term “Sensei” or Sempai.
  • When an instructor calls for training to begin line up in grade order, facing the front.
  • Remove shoes before walking onto the dojo training floor.
  • Keep your finger and toe nails clean and short, to prevent injury to other students when practicing together.
  • No jewelry, ear rings, watches, chains etc must be worn at any time while training- this is a safety requirement.
  • Make sure your Gi is clean at all times
  • Chewing gum is not allowed in the dojo.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the dojo.
  • Any person under the influence of drink or drugs will not be allowed to train.
  • Do not talk in class