The Dojo is a sacred place where we train ourselves physically and mentally. The student should always respect the Dojo and observe the following etiquette:

  • The student should observe the training schedule. The student must not to be late for training. A student should inform the instructor prior to the training if he/she must be absent.
  • Remove outer pieces of clothing such as coats, scarfs and hats prior to entering a Dojo. Always remove ones’ shoes before stepping into the Dojo. After removing the shoes at the entrance, place them neatly by the entrance.
  • Always dress in the appropriate do-gi. Ensure the go-gi is clean and neat. Do not wear any jewellery or other accessories to training as this might cause injury to yourself and others during training.
  • Long hair should be fastened securely. Fingernails and toenails should be trimmed.
  • Upon entering the Dojo, at all times bow towards the Shomen or front of the Dojo, then bow to the instructor and your seniors if they are already in the dojo, and say to them “Onegai shimasu” (it means “Please guide me in my training)”,clearly and cheerfully.
  • If a senior student (senpai) is standing behind you at the entrance,let him/her enter first.
  • When an instructor (or Senpai) calls”SUGO” it signifies that training has begun. Line up smartly, facing the front of the dojo (or a pre-defined direction), sit in the SEIZA position. When Senpai calls “MUSOKU!” (it means “meditation”), close your eyes, breathe deeply from the lower  stomach, concentrate on the TAN DEN (丹田). And try to achieve concentration. When the instructor calls “MUSOKU-YAME” it means the end of meditation. Open your eyes and bow to the instructor upon hearing the command to “Rei” (It means bow).
  • Never interrupt a lesson unnecessarily. If a student needs to be excused for any reason, he should seek permission from the instructor first.
  • Always behave with decorum in a dojo. When standing up always stand with one’s back straight. When sitting down, always sit straight either in Seiza position or cross-legged. Never sit with one’s toes pointing forward.
  • Do not comment on other’s training or techniques unless you are the instructor.
  • Be attentive during the lesson and listen to instructions carefully. Behave in a serious and alert manner at all times in the dojo.
  • When using the training equipment, always handle with respect and use it in the appropriate manner. Be sure to put it back in the correct place after use.
  • Do not smoke, or consume any food or liquids in the dojo.
  • Do not enter the dojo under the influence of alcohol.
  • At the end of the lesson, the class gathers and sits in Seiza. The Instructor will call for the students to repeat the Dojo Kun(Precepts of the Dojo). Concentrate your mind and recite the DOJO KUN, then follow the instructors command to perform Mosuku and Rei.
  •  Before leaving the dojo, always bow and say:”SHITSUREI SHIMASU!” (It means: Excuse me, I am leaving now).