Dojo Ettiquette & Student Guide
Here are few things about Dojo etiquette . . .
- When entering and leaving the dojo, students bow. This is to show respect.
- When approaching or leaving the mat students also bow respectfully.
- Students should quietly assemble at least five minutes before the class is scheduled to start.
- The instructor will call the class to line up on the mat in seiza in rank order. Please line up with us, to the left of people in uniforms.
- The highest rank student will call Shomen Ni Re, at which time all students will bow to the picture of the Master and reviver of the art, Sokaku Takeda.
- The second highest ranked student will call for the students to bow to the instructor, formally opening the class.
- We start with a variety warm up exercises and stretches. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses; we only ask that you strive to do your best.
- To assist you in learning the stretches, a senior student or assistant instructor will work with you during stretching so that you become familiar with the various stretches. Stretch slowly and steadily to prepare your body for training and to prevent injury.
- Techniques are practiced with a partner. Your partner is not an opponent. Work through the techniques slowly until you are familiar with them and ask a senior student or instructor should you need assistance.
- When changing partners during class, you should acknowledge both the partner you are leaving as well as your new partner with a bow.
- Care should be taken to be aware of the ability of your partner so that no injuries occur.
- At the end of class, the instructor and students bow to O-Sensei’s picture, then the students bow to the instructor. Remain in seiza until dismissed by the instructor.
- When arriving late for class, kneel in seiza until acknowledged by the instructor or designate. When acknowledged, bow and begin warming up as directed by the instructor or designate.
14. A few DON’Ts:
15. When observing class, spectators should remain quiet out of respect for the instructor and practicing students.