Club Rules and Meanings
'When you enter the Dojo, self disciplin has to start straight away'
This means that when you enter the dojo certain rules apply and should be followed out of respect to the Dojo.
'No chewing or eating in the Dojo'
This rule is implemented because it has two main effects
1 - It can often make the Dojo look untidy which causes disrespect.
2 - If you either eat or chew during training you could cuase great harm to your self.
'When in the Dojo everyone is family'
This saying means that everyone is equal and no-one should be treated differently for whatever reason, but supporting eachother like a family.
'Full and Correct Gi has to be worn'
This comprises of a Gi jacket and trousers that has to be fastened correctly.
'Gi has to be washed and Ironed thoroughly before every Karate lesson'
This rule makes sure that the student looks respectable, showing your Sensei, fellow students and Instructor/s respect.
'Belts must look tidy and respectable'
This is done by the student tying the belt correctly and tight, usually if the belt is not done correctly i would come undone without cause.
'No (normal) shoes or Trainers allowed to be worn in Dojo'
Bare feet is the traditional way of training in a Dojo and in our club this applies unless a student has purchased a pair of (special karate shoes).
'Finger nails and Toe nails have to be cut short for every Karate lesson'
This rule is implemented for safety reasons because having long nails could cause injury to your self and others.
'No rings or Earings are allowed in training'
This again is for safety reasons because you can accidently pull an earing out of someones ear or cathch them with a ring, though if a stud earing has been put in recently your Sensei will either cover them up with tape or ask you not to train until you can take the stud/s out.
'Respect and Follow Sensei's or Instructors instructions'
If you are told a set of instructions by Sernsei or Instructor you have to abide by them, not doing this will result in disciplinary action.
'Never ask why Sensei or Instructor has made a certain decision'
This is a very important rule because it shows great disrespect to Sensei or Instructor.
'Never disrespect a student that has a higher belt than you'
You should always respect a higher belt student the same way you would a Black belt student but if a problem arises then tell Sensei or an Instructor at once to resolve the problem but remember a higher belt than you can give you advice on your upcoming belts.
'A junior student should never disrespect a Senior student'
If a junior student is a higher belt than a Senior student it doesn't mean that the junior student can boss the Senior student around because age is another factor in the club, you must respect your elders and any decisions they might make involving you because they will normally have a good reason for doing it but again, if you still think that the Senior student has disrespected you tell Sensei or an Instructor Straight away to resolve the Problem, this also goes for Seniors that have felt disrespected by a junior.
'Always put SPIRIT, POWER and FOCUS into your work'
These are the three main factors you always need whilst executing moves or doing Kata during a Karate lesson, if any of these three are missed out then your work will not be at it's best and this will be noticeable to Sensei and Instructors.
!HAVE FUN DURING YOUR LESSONS!
If you do not have fun and enjoy the work that you are doing this will further weaken your performance.
'REMEMBER THAT EVERY RULE IS EQUAL AND SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY, NO RULE IS MORE SERIOUS THAN ANOTHER'