Reigi-saho - Dojo Etiquette

“Karate begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy”

Bow on entering or leaving the dojo

◦Address any instructor as Sensei whilst in the dojo

◦Say OSU or Hai upon receiving any advice or command from the instructor

◦Say OSU when bowing at the start and finish of the class, and when

  bowing to your partner

◦Walk around the edge of the dojo/training area

◦Inform your instructor before the session if you have any injury

◦Tell your instructor before the class if you must leave early

◦Show respect to each other, both inside and outside the dojo

◦Keep good personal hygiene and keep finger and toe nails clean and short

◦Keep your Gi (uniform) clean and in good condition

◦Ask your instructor or higher grade for advice

◦Give your 100% effort and nothing less during each session

◦Keep fees up to date

◦New students must complete a NAKMAS pre-training questionnaire, which provides member-to-

  member liability insurance for 4 weeks.  A Rengokai licence must be applied for at the end of the 4

  week period and renewed annually                     

◦It is correct martial art etiquette not train at other dojo’s unless your club Sensei has given       


◦If you arrive late for training, kneel as you enter inside the dojo where you can clearly be seen by   

  the instructor and wait and watch carefully for the instructor’s command to join the session. When

  receiving the command to join in stay kneeling down, bow, and then enter quietly, you can be 

  asked to warm up by the side and when ready, join in by going to your appropriate grade

◦ Karate students must remove all jewelry, watches and rings as they can cause injury to yourself

   and others     

After practicing this behaviour for a number of years, it becomes part and parcel with one’s attitude and character. The student will become an exemplary citizen, strong from the inside while kind and humble on the outside. This is the way of Karate.