Dojo Code

Respect others

Avoid violent behaviour

Seek perfection
of character


Be faithful


“The ultimate aim of the art of
Karate lies not in victory or defeat ...
but in the perfection of the character
of its participants.”


Code of Conduct for all Instructors and Students

The Art of Karate-Do places great emphasis on the development of the character of its students, together with the physical training, so that technical skill, physical fitness and good behaviour become synonymous with Karate-Do.

The code is based on a mutual respect of Teachers and Students, and acknowledges that respect must be shown for Seniority. Practitioners are expected to show the same respect for the society in which they live, and for those who live in and administer that society.

All members have a duty to behave in a way which will maintain and enhance this reputation on behalf of their Club, but our instructors have a particular responsibility, as they will greatly influence the behaviour of their students both inside and outside the dojo. Bad behaviour on the part of an instructor will reflect badly on the dojo. The ethos of karate is the development of the character through the development of the body and an instructor has a great responsibility to uphold this tradition.

Instructors must ensure that the following code of behaviour is adhered to by all students in their charge.


Dojo etiquette:

Always bow on entering or leaving the dojo.

Junior grades must bow first to their seniors.

Instructors should be referred to as Sensei or by their appropriate title, and not by name.

Nails must be kept clean and short enough to avoid scratching and cutting. Jewellery or watches should not be worn. If it is not possible to remove rings or earrings, they should be safely covered.

It may be requested that shoes are removed on entering the Dojo.

It is polite to walk around the edge of the training area.

Students must make every effort to be on time for classes, but if late, should enter the dojo quietly, change, and warm up in the changing room. When joining the class, they must kneel to the front and side of the class, where they can be clearly seen by the Sensei, and watch carefully for the Sensei's signal to join in. When this signal is given, they should remain kneeling, bow deeply, then walk quickly and quietly around the back of the class until it is convenient go to a position appropriate to their grade.

Smoking is not allowed in the dojo, or in any adjacent areas.

Any behaviour that is likely to offend the etiquette of the Dojo is not allowed.


Gis and Belts:

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that their Gi fits correctly and is kept clean and in a good state of repair. Tears and other damage must be repaired prior to the following training session.

A club badge can be embroidered or stitched on to the Gi.

The appropriate coloured belt, including any necessary stripes, must be worn with the Gi at all times.