International Karate Daigaku Australia
Dojo rules and etiquette
Some basic dojo rules are as follows:
- Karate begins with Rei and ends with Rei, Bow on entering and leaving the dojo.
- Students must bow and say “OSU” when entering and leaving the dojo.
- The instructor must always be called and addressed as “Sensei” in the dojo.
- “OSU” must be used as a means of acknowledgement at all times. The ‘Oss’ (pronounced oos) is a general answer and also a sign of respect and should be used in the following circumstances:
- No one should leave once a lesson has begun without the permission of the instructor.
- Any member arriving late should kneel at the door and wait for permission to join the class from the instructor. On receiving permission the student should bow and join the class.
- If students wish to leave the class early they must inform the instructor before training starts.
- Students must be respectful to fellow students and the Sensei at all times. If a student wishes to address a senior grade, they must use the term Sempai (senior).
- Personal hygiene is important. Students should make sure they are clean and do not embarrass and make life unpleasant for other students. Also finger and toenails should be kept clean and reasonably short.
- Upon receiving any advice or command from an instructor
- When bowing at the start or finish of a lesson
- When bowing to a partner before kumite
- When an instructor enters the dojo.
- Students who arrive late must warm up then wait in “seiza” (sitting) until the instructor allows them to join the class.
10. No jewellery should be worn whilst training. Any that cannot be removed should be covered either by tape or plaster.
11. Members should not smoke, swear, chew, spit or commit any other act, which may offend other students and instructors.
12. One should avoid using one’s skills outside the dojo where possible.
Note these will become second nature in time, you are not expected to learn them all backward by next week!
During your training you will hear mention of etiquette many times and you will probably ask yourself, why be so interested in good manners and etiquette? Answers to these questions are as follows:
1. Karate is dangerous! People who are trying to punch and kick each other with as much speed and power as possible need to control to prevent serious injury. Control comes with the practice of control; this practice is encouraged by respect for your fellow students, without whom you would not be able to train.
2. The other reason is not so practical but every bit as important. Karate is not just method of self-defence through its practice one can gain advantages in all parts of life. One of these benefits is the way we interact with other people; under normal circumstances if you treat people with respect they will treat you with respect.
Having courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit is all part of good manners and good karate etiquette. These five principles should not only apply to one within the dojo, but outside the dojo at all times and when put into practise will reflect in your day to day life.
And don’t forget: The real secret of success is enthusiasm!