Respect your partner.

When you offer advice to your partner, realize that you are also a student and may not fully understand his or her difficulty.

 Request advice from the instructor if necessary.

Never slouch or sit with your legs outstretched on the mat. Practice good aligned posture

Make sure your feet are clean before stepping on the mat, and help to clean the mat and dojo before leaving.

Never use another person’s weapon(s), zafu or zabuton without their permission. Every student should have his or her own equipment.

Your gi and weapons should always be carried in a bag or covered when outside the dojo.

Do not leave your equipment in the dojo after class.

The implements used in training (gi, bokken, jo, etc.), should be treated with respect and kept clean and in good order.

Keep your gi and body clean. Smelly clothing or body odor will make you an unwelcome partner.

Refer to the Chief Instructor as “Sensei”. The meaning of this Japanese word lies within the passing-on of the study (external knowledge and internal experience) of an art, craft, or skill, from teacher to student, generation to generation. Please understand and respect this lineage.

When doing a seated bow, observing Sensei, taking instruction, or waiting to be acknowledged, it is proper to sit in seiza. If this is impossible (due to knee injury, for example), you may sit cross-legged. Please let the instructor know in advance if you have difficulty sitting in seiza.

Review your questions and try to find the answers in the question itself. However, do not be afraid to ask questions about techniques if you are unsure. Never risk injuring your partner.

Members are responsible for ensuring that their guests observe all rules. Guests and visitors are welcome to observe classes, but must not be disruptive. Any one who observes a new student or visitor violating dojo rules should advise them tactfully.

Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages in the dojo, unless specifically permitted by the instructor.

When to bow

Entering and leaving the dojo (or immediate training area).

Stepping on and off the mat during regular activities.

After inadvertantly interfering with another during training.

When bowing to a standing partner or instructor.

Whenever a less formal show of respect is appropriate.

When first stepping on the mat for training.

When approaching the kamiza to ring the bell.

At the begining of class (to the kamiza then to the instructor).

When bowing to a seated partner or instructor.

At the end of class (to the instructor, the kamiza, to all training partners).

Before leaving the mat at the end of class.

Whenever a more formal show of respect is appropriate.

"Please be observant of etiquette. It is an integral part of our training. Through its practice we show the Art, its teachers past and present, and each other, our respect and gratitude."
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