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KARATE CLASS RULES
 
 
 
The members Karate-ka (karate students) shall conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect the utmost humility and respect for themselves and their dojo (school/classroom)

The Karate-ka shall be loyal, honest, and possess a high degree of integrity with a purpose of developing cooperation with and trust of fellow Karate-ka, assistant instructors and Sensei (teacher).

NOTE:The following guidelines are instituted primarily for the safety and protection of Karate-ka.
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  1. Students must leave shoes, socks and all jewelry outside the Dojo.

  2. No food or drink, use of tobacco products or chewing of gum in the Dojo.

  3. No use of cell phones or pagers during class except in extreme emergencies, after obtaining permission from Sensei or assistant instructor.

  4. When possible, try to arrive somewhat early to warm up and stretch out your muscles before class begins.

  5. Always address the head instructor as Sensei while in the Dojo, or in any Karate environment.

  6. Always rei (bow) when bowed to, and:

    • Upon entering and exiting the Dojo (facing dojo);
    • Before joining or leaving class activities;
    • When addressed or summoned by Sensei, an assistant instructor or senior student (those higher in rank);
    • After receiving instructions from Sensei, assistant instructor or senior student;
    • Upon meeting and leaving Sensei, assistant instructor and all fellow students during partner practice.

  7. When late for class:  Quietly warm up and stretch out on your own, APART from class activities.  When finished, while remaining apart from the class, stand and wait for recognition from Sensei or assistant instructor before joining class activities.

  8. Pay strict attention to and follow instructions from Sensei or assistant instructors and disregard other distractions.

  9. No sparring (or other activities) allowed without permission.

  10. No using equipment unless authorized by Sensei or assistant instructor. (Ages 4-17)

  11. Do not talk in class except to ask a question after raising hand and being recognized, to answer a question or to help another student.

  12. Leaving class activities or leaving the Dojo while class is in session for a break, water, etc. is forbidden, except in rare circumstances and then only after receiving permission from Sensei or assistant instructor.

  13. When sparring or in any way interacting with other students, especially if they are lower in rank, ALWAYS consider their limitations and level of strength and skill, and adjust the speed and power of your technique accordingly.

  14. Never lose temper in the Dojo, especially while sparring or interacting with other students.

  15. Students must keep their bodies clean, and their          toenails (very important) clipped short, smooth and clean.  Fingernails are to be kept smooth and clean.

  16. Gi (uniforms) are to be kept clean and in good condition.

  17. Never leave early from class (before the closing bow) without being officially dismissed by Sensei or assistant instructor.

  18. Inquiry should not be made as to if or when a student will test for promotion; students must wait to be notified accordingly by Sensei or assistant instructor.

  19. While receiving instruction in Karate, students should not train at or belong to any other Dojo or martial arts class or studio without the permission.

  20. Students must NEVER use their skills in an aggressive or imprudent manner, in or out of the Dojo!

  21. MOST IMPORTANT! Leave your ego at the door.

  22. All participants are required to wear a CLEAN uniform with chest patch and respective belt.

  23. Respect all, especially yourself..

  24. HONESTY, COURTESY, RESPECT, DISCIPLINE, LOYALTY and COURAGE are the motivating values of this school and are the expected characteristics of all of our students.
 
Karate is not a contest of muscular strength, nor is its purpose one of attack. The possessor of this skill gains tremendous self-confidence and the ability to walk without fear. Karate is a method of self-defense without weapons, for use in personal encounter. The practice of Karate will keep a person physically fit and able to defend him / herself and loved ones from danger.

Once you have mastered the principles of Karate you will have the skill and knowledge to subdue an aggressor even though you are unarmed.