Dojo Rules and Etiquette


Dojo Rules and Etiquette

To maintain proper decorum and safety, all students are expected to adhere to established rules of conduct.


Dojo Kun

The Dojo Kun (school creed) articulates the philosophical value system associated with the practice of karate-do as taught by Suzuki Sensei.

Hitotsu, reigi wo tadashiku suru koto.
Hitotsu, hito ni meiwaku wo kakenai koto.
Hitotsu, otagai ni naka yoku suru koto.
Hitotsu, sensei senpai no oshie wo mamoru koto.
Hitotsu, renshu wa mai nichi suru koto.


Courtesy and Customs

  • Adhere to the principles of the Dojo Kun.
  • As a traditional sign of respect, students will bow upon entering and leaving the dojo.
  • Students will bow to all black belts when black belts enter the dojo. While in the dojo students will refer to the instructor as Sensei and other higher-ranking┬ástudents as Sempai.
  • Common courtesy is expected. No profanity or loud talking is permitted in the dojo.
  • Under no circumstances will any member teach any form of Karate, to any non-member.
  • There will be no eating, drinking, or chewing gum in the dojo.
  • All members will assist in keeping the dojo clean.


Safety and Health

  • If a student has any physical limitation impairing their ability to participate in any aspect of training, it is their responsibility to inform the instructor and remove themselves from that aspect of training.
  • Sparring is not allowed without the express permission of the instructor.
  • All sparring will be conducted with care for the safety of yourself and your partner.
  • No student will provoke violence outside the dojo or allow themselves to be provoked into violence.
  • Personal cleanliness is essential. Finger and toenails must be clipped and uniforms must be kept clean.
  • No jewelry may be worn in class.