Part II 礼儀作法 Reigi Sahō Etiquette, & Propriety

The Dojo is a special place where we train ourselves physically and mentally.  The student should respect the Dojo and observe the following etiquette.


The student should observe the training schedule.  The student must try not to be late or be absent for training.  Consistency is a sign of sincerity! 


Before entering the Dojo, remove outer clothing such as coat, scarf, and hat.  After taking off your shoes at the entrance, place them neatly in order.  If you find some shoes in disorder, place them in order too.  Turn off your pager or mobile phone during training.  Unless given permission due to work or emergencies!


If a senior student (Sempai) is standing behind you at the entrance, let him /her goes in first. 


Upon entering the Dojo, bow and say “Onegaishimasu” meaning, “Please help me (for my training)”, clearly and cheerfully. 


Always be polite to your instructor (Shidoin), senior students and elders. 


Before starting practice, go to the toilet. 


Always keep your Dogi (道衣) clean and tidy, and practice in clean training clothes. 


Beware of your physical condition.  Do not force yourself to do the impossible. 


Keep your fingernails and toe nails short and clean and do not wear any sharp metal articles (such as watch, necklace, rings…etc) to prevent injury to other students as well as yourself when practicing together.  In addition, it prevents loss or damage to those articles. 


Do Not eat too much for an hour before practice. 


Upon entering or leaving the dojo, show respect by bowing to the Shomen/Shzen.


Do not forget to do Warm-up (Junbi Undo) exercises before practice, even if you are practicing alone. 


When you observe the training at the dojo, sit in proper way – Seiza or Agura (cross-legged), and do not stretch your legs out or lean back on your arms.  In addition, do not chat, or criticize other people’s skill while watching. 


When a Shidoin (or Sempai) calls “SHUGO” for training begin, line up smartly, facing the Shomen/Shizen


When Sempai calls “MUKUSO (Means – meditation)!”  Lower your eyelids, breathe deeply from the lower stomach, and concentrate on the Tan den (丹田).  In addition, try to achieve concentration. 


While practicing, listen carefully and seriously to the advice and instructions given to you (also from Sempai).  Remember actions speak louder than words, Details count!


When you use the training equipment, handle it with care, and are sure to put it back in the correct place after using it.  Do not pick up equipment to train with if you are not familiar with it.  Ask for help.


When a Shidoin (or any Sempai) gives you some advice, listen carefully and sincerely.  Do not forget to show that you have heard and understood the advice. 


Five minutes before the end of training, do the “cooling down” exercises (Seiri Undo). 


When Seiri Undo is finished, “SHUGO” will be called.


Concentrate your mind and recite the Precepts of the Dojo (Dojo Kun)


When Sempai calls for “REI”, bow to the Shidoin with respect. 


Students should ask the seniors if they have any question about the training.  This is important to study karate in this way.  If they do not know the answer then they will ask their senior and so on.  


When you are injured, do not practice until the injury is completely healed.  Watch the training during these periods.  PLEASE report an injury that occurs during class!  If you are able to train in spite of the injury let your partners know.  Be aware of it, practice safely, and only do those exercises or techniques that allow you safe training.


When sick with Cold or Flu, please stay away from the Dojo.  Do info the Senior Student, you are ill and will be away.


DO NOT SMOKE!  For cigarettes damage your health in innumerable ways, and does not have even one redeeming feature.  If you are a smoker, please refrain from smoking before class or any Dojo Function. 


When leaving the dojo, bow and say:” SHITSUREI SHIMASU!”  (Means: Excuse me, I am leaving now)




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