3cskc.org Dojo Etiquette

  • You should make every effort to arrive in plenty of time for your class

  • If travelling in your Gi then this should be covered by a hoodie / jacket and your belt not on show

  • Shoes and outdoor coats should be removed before entering the Dojo

  • You should bow every time you enter and leave the Dojo

  • Once you have placed your shoes, coats, bags at the back of the hall you should approach Sensei and upon being acknowledged bow to him

  • Prior to the start of your class, you should line up in your approximate grade position ready for your class to begin

  • If you are training in a lower graded class, then senior grades should line up behind the lower grades

  • Student should line up so that Sensei is central to the class

  • If you need to adjust your Gi or belt during your lesson, then you should turn to face the back of the Dojo

  • If you need to retie your belt during your lesson, then you should turn to face the back of the Dojo and go down on one knee

  • If you are late and Sensei is at the front of class, you should make your way down the side of the Dojo towards the front and upon being acknowledged bow to him

  • If you are late and Sensei is elsewhere in the Dojo you should approach him and upon being acknowledged bow to him

  • If you are spoken to during your lesson by Sensei, then you should acknowledge with 'Oss Sensei’ and bow to him

  • You should not sit on the benches / chairs if you are training and / or in your Gi

  • Respect to be maintained for fellow students whatever their grade

  • Karate Gi should be clean and well presented

  • Long hair needs to be tied up

  • Rings, watches, necklaces etc should be removed or taped

  • Toe and fingernails should be cut regularly preventing injury to other students

  • Eating and Drinking is not permitted in the Dojo except for fluids during breaks

Please note that etiquette may vary slightly between TISKA clubs.

Dojo Etiquette