Karate Rules of Conduct

1. The discipline and teamwork required in order to excel at Karate promote values that are traditional to the art and an example for life - excellence, fairness, integrity, loyalty, mutual respect and individual responsibility.

2. Instructors, students, and support staff representing our Dojo must continue to uphold these values both inside and outside of the dojo, be exemplary role models for others in our art and do nothing in or out of uniform, on or off the mat that would bring our discipline or our Dojo into disrepute. We should treat everyone with respect, fairly and without discrimination with regard to disability, language, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

GENERAL DOJO RULES FOR STUDENTS.

  • Students should arrive at least 10 minutes before the session starts and greet their Instructor/s and seniors.
  • Monthly dues are to be paid by the 25th of each month in lieu of the next month.
  • All non members, including parents and younger family members, are welcome to sit on the chairs, provided silence is maintained so that the students are not disturbed during their training.
  • All members must show respect by bowing whenever entering or leaving the Dojo.
  • All members must maintain proper personal hygiene. Finger & Toe-nails must always be kept short and trimmed.
  • All students must wear a clean white gi (suit), beginners without suits should have loose fitting trousers (track suit bottoms) and a t-shirt. Jewelry is not permitted.
  • If you are late for your lesson, sit in seiza at the side of the hall until called onto the floor by an instructor
  • During the lesson do not talk. Please make sure that all mobile phones are turned off.
  • Where applicable during breaks in the lesson students are allowed drinks, however these should not be fizzy drinks, and do not walk around with drinks in your hand.
  • Food is not allowed in the hall. Take all empty bottles and rubbish out with you.
  • Where a cross over time between sessions exists, students should leave quietly and quickly.
  • Parents dropping off and picking up children should not leave until their children have entered the Dojo in presence of an Instructor, and should arrive back at the Dojo at least ten minutes before the lesson ends to pick their wards up. Please be considerate of the Instructor's time and commitments.
  • Children should not leave the Dojo at any time without permission of one of the instructors, and should not leave at the end of the lesson unless a parent or guardian is there to pick them up.
  • Do not make excessive noise when outside the Dojo, students should always have a jacket over their gi when walking to and from the Dojo.
  • Certain behavior standards are expected outside as well as inside the club. Any complaints from members of the public or from schools about students will be investigated by the Dojo Board. If bullying or using Karate skills for the wrong means is the cause, the student could be expelled and all grades nullified.

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR DOJO OFFICIALS, APPRENTICES AND VOLUNTEERS.

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below:

  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Promote the 20 precepts of Funakoshi Sensei as guiding principles for life.
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the Dojo and Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago.
  • Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover.
  • Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.
  • ALWAYS MAINTAIN A PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH STUDENTS. Instructors are NOT allowed to form a personal relationship with any student, as it reflects on our character.