These etiquettes are martial traditions and are to show respect for the dojo, teacher, and each other; please follow them with care.
Before You Arrive · Ensure you have good hygiene; showered, clean uniform, deodorant, trimmed fingernails and hair tied up. · Bring your uniform, a towel, water bottle, gloves, and weapons (if needed) to each class. · Please keep uniform clean and ironed each lesson; full uniform including jacket, pants and belt should be brought to class each lesson, a black t-shirt is acceptable as alternative wear. · Jewelry can be broken, lost, or cause harm to yourself and others; please keep it in your bag or at home; a wedding ring however is acceptable. · Training under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited; you run the risk of causing harm to yourself or others while training. Before Class · Remove your shoes and leave them at the front door or in your bag, do not step inside the dojo with shoes on or dirty feet. · Bow as you enter the front door · Store your things neatly in the change room, please do not bring bags into the dojo area. · A water bottle is allowed in the dojo against the wall off the mat area. · If a class is on before you arrive, please stay off the mat until the class has finished.
Bow as you enter the mat for the first time · Greet instructor first then other students; a bow and a handshake is common practice in Australia. · Take time to stretch and get warmed up · Talking with other students prior to class is encouraged; however if Sensei is talking to the group please stop talking so others can hear the instruction. · When instructed line up order of rank on your knees in a straight line, bow in and begin class During Class · THE ‘TAP OUT’ RULE : Tap your partner three times to indicate that you want the technique to stop; this can be done with your hand tapping your partners body, tapping the floor loudly so they can hear it, tapping with your foot loudly, or saying ‘Tap tap tap’. If you are the partner doing the technique; if you feel, hear, or see the tap, you must let go of the technique immediately to prevent serious injury. · Please train slowly, carefully and with very minimal impact. · Aggressive training or attitude is strictly prohibited. · If you have any injuries, communicate that with your partner prior to training or use bright tape on your clothing to show the location of the injury. · Communicate with your partner throughout the technique to help each other train more effectively. · If you hear Sensei yell ‘YAMAE’ (Yah-May), stop what you are doing, respond with ‘Yes, Sensei’, and focus your attention to the front of the class. · As a sign of respect to your training partner, please wait for a break to leave the mat and get a sip of water; breaks are usually every 10mins. · If you require a bathroom break, let your partner and Sensei know so we can find them someone to train with in the meantime.
After Class · When instructed; bow, thank your partner and line up order of rank on your knees in a straight line, bow out and finish class. · Bow, shake everybody’s hand and say ‘thank you’ as you finish the class. · Help by packing up all equipment, stacking mats and removing any rubbish. · Say goodbye as you depart.
Bow as you leave the dojo. · Shoes may go on outside. · Refrain from overly loud noises as you leave as others live nearby. · Please do not wear your rank (belt) in public.