We ask that you please follow a few common sense rules.

Dojo Etiquette

We ask that you please follow a few common sense rules.

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A dojo is a Japanese term that literally means “place of the Way.” It’s also known as “Kwoon” in Chinese. 

It is tradition to treat your dojo with respect, to protect the integrity of the martial arts and to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all who enter our doors.

  1. Be on time.
  2. Please be kind to our workout mats. Remove your street shoes and wear clean karate shoes or socks; no barefeet.
  3. Keep your dojo clean. Please pick up any litter (even if it’s not yours) and keep the bathroom neat for the next person.
  4. Always bow when entering or leaving the workout area as a sign of respect.
  5. Wear clean uniform pants and a gi top or SDSS t-shirt. You may want to have extras just in case.
  6. Help keep our waiting area uncluttered by putting your coats and backpacks in the back hallway.
  7. Behave respectfully in the dojo. Speak quietly and maintain an attitude appropriate for serious practice. Refrain from eating, drinking, chewing gum and using cell phones.
  8. Treat students in training with respect. If you arrive early, quietly wait in the back hallway.
  9. Junior students are expected to look to higher rank students for guidance and treat them with respect and consideration.
  10. Senior students are expected to set a good example for juniors, protect them from injury, help them learn and treat them with respect and consideration.
  11. Wear your full uniform (gi pants and top) when testing.
  12. Uniform etiquette is white gi through orange belt, black gi from purple belt up and only mixed black and white uniform (pants/top) when black belt.