Dojo Rules
Arrive 10-15 minutes before class; let sensei know if you have to arrive late or leave early
The chief instructor for the dojo should be called sensei
All black belts should be called sempai
Always bow when entering or leaving the dojo
Bow to Sensei when you first come to class
Answer “osu” when acknowledging an instructor’s direction in class
Stand straight and listen attentively when the instructors are speaking
No leaning on walls or laying around the dojo
There should be minimal talking during class times
Uniforms must be kept clean
Finger & toe nails should be kept short
No jewelry should be worn during class

No chewing gum or candy during class
Always leave your belongings neat and in order in the dojo or change rooms
Dojo Etiquette
Karate is oriental in origin and philosophy and follows a practice of respect to the founders. As well, karate is a truly international activity and the etiquette used in karate forms a common bond around the world.

“Osu” – This term is used frequently in the dojo and is derived from “Onore Wa Shinobu”, meaning “I will persevere”. The usage of the term is broad and usually indicates an attitude of respect. Examples of such usage are:

When first entering or leaving the dojo in conjunction with a standing bow [nitsu-rei] made in the direction of the “kamiza” (also called “shomen”),
At the beginning and ending of a class under the direction of the sempai, in conjunction with a kneeling bow (zarei),
When answering ‘yes’ to a question directed at you by the instructor
In response to a direction given by the instructor to the class (this indicates you understood the direction).

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