Zanshin Martial Arts - Student Website
Dojo Rules and Ettiquete
There are many things to learn in a traditional Dojo, here is a general list of a few things that will put you in the right direction. Don't worry, you're not expected to know it all in the beginning, just do your best. Be sure to remember that karate is a strict formal disclipine and you should conduct yourself appropriately at all times in the dojo.
  • The student should try and keep their dogi (training uniform) clean and neat.
  • Try and avoid eating one hour prior to practice. Students should use the restroom before class starts.
  • Fingernails and toenails should be kept short to prevent injury to other students.
  • Arrive at the dojo with enough time to change and to properly warm up without rushing.
  • Students should warm up prior to class to avoid injury and to provide a proper state of mind.
  • Upon entering the dojo, the student should say “onegaishimasu” (please help/teach me) in a clear manner.
  • After taking your shoes off at the entrance, place them neatly. If you find some shoes in disorder, arrange them neatly.
  • If the student sees something that needs to be picked up or put away, do so. The dojo is a place for all students and we should treat it like our own.
  • Students should bow to all students and instructors that they meet for the first time each day, regardless of rank.
  • There are two ways to properly sit in a dojo – seiza (kneeling position) or cross-legged when they can no longer sit in seiza.
  • Never address your sensei by his 1st name this is very inappropriate always call him or her sensei period, even though your sensei may use his first name to you its sensei in and out of the dojo.
  • Junior ranks do not correct their seniors or attempt to teach other junior ranks.
  • If students have any questions, they should always ask Sensei or a senior student.
  • Do not forget to say “arigato gozaimashita” (thank you) to anyone who provides help or insight on karate.
  • Training fees should be paid on time .
  • Students should carry a notebook, take copious notes and review them periodically.
  • When Sensei or an instructor is explaining a technique, students should sit in seiza so that all students can clearly see the technique.
  • Be sure never to wear any jewelry in class, part of your training is to understand that we leave all aspects of ourself outside the dojo its also very dangerous.
  • When leaving the dojo, the student should say ”arigato gozaimashita” (thank you) or ”shitsurei shimasu” (excuse me) or sayonara (good bye).
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