Zen Do Kai Wanganui

 Dojo Etiquette

  1. Dojo means "A Sacred Place" - treat it as such
  2. Do not wear shoes on the dojo training area
  3. No drugs, cigarettes or alcohol in the dojo
  4. Do not enter a class late or leave early without acknowledgment of the highest rank instructor in the class
  5. No swearing or actions or disrespect or breaching of rules
  6. Always train with "true" attitude of Bushido
  7. Never abuse fighting skills, always fight defesively and use these skills always to help lower ranks
  8. Dojo etiquette is to be always clean in body and appearance
  9. Bow upon entering or leaving the training area of the dojo
  10. Never walk in front of your seniors
  11. Always address you seniors by their proper titles
  12. When placing or removing your belt, students should kneel on their right knee when doing so
  13. Students are to line up in order of rank from left (highest rank) to right (lowest rank), standing opposite the instructor (rank is indicated by belt colour and seniority of training time).
  14. Black belts are to line up in order of rank with the highest ranked instructor in the centre, then alternating order of rank with the second highest rank to the right, the third highest rank to the left and so on.
  15. Within the black belt hierachy, grade (Dan) ranking primarily designates seniority. However, where two black belts are of the same rank, the one with the higher teaching title is considered the higher rank
  16. Higher rank coloured belts should endeavour to set good a example for lower ranked students and be responsible for the behavior and conduct of lower ranked students
  17. If a student must adjust their Gi (uniform) during training, they must wait until the end of the activity in progress then turn to the back of the class prior to adjusting their Gi or belt.
  18. During training, there should be no idle talking between students
  19. Students and black belts are not permitted to use training equipment without first obtaining permission from the instructor
  20. All students are to participate in any competition in strict accordance with the competition rules and in the spirit of good sportsmanship
  21. During training all students should be aware that the level of intensity of their training is at an appropriate level when partnered up with another student, taking into consideration the other students age, weight & sex
  22. Zen Do Kai tradition encourages that new black belts wear their belts continuously for at least 24 hours after successfully attaining their Sho Dan Ho (probationary 1st Degree) grading
  23. When it comes to dojo financial problems, Samurai would have discussions but would never develop into arguing on such matters

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