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Genbu-Kai Riverside Karate-Do
Dojo etiquette is not meant to establish dominance; it is meant to establish a mutual respect for our art and one another. With each level of training, comes different levels responsibilities and expectations. Tasks described below are by no means punishment. They are tasks that everyone has taken on throughout their training which helps build a sense of pride and respect for the dojo, training, and fellow Karatekas.
Students should always address and greet higher ranks as "Sempai" or "Sensei" and each should bow to one another with mutual respect. When an instructor or sempai provides direction or critique, student should acknowledged by saying “Hai” (yes).
Before Entering or Leaving Dojo Training Area
Students are expected to remove their shoes and bow towards the training area prior to entering or leaving.
While in Dojo Training Area
Students should take the initiative to sweep floors prior to and/or after class to keep dojo floors clean for themselves and others. A respectful Kohai (lower rank), never allows their Sempai or Sensei to sweep the floor. When class is in session, there should be no unnecessary talking. When students are asked to sit down, there are only two ways acceptable: Cross-legged or on your knees. It is very disrespectful to sit with feet out or in a lackadaisical manner. Student should never leave the training area once class starts unless it is an emergency and should seek instructor acknowledgement prior to doing so. These rules are for the safety of all.
If student arrives to class late and seiza (meditation) and bows are being performed, student should never enter the dojo training area or stand in the doorway. Wait until this is finished. Then, quietly stand at the back of class, wait for instructor to invite student into dojo training area, student performs own meditation and bows, then stands at yoi (attention), and waits for instructor invitation and direction into class. NEVER join a class already in session unless invited to do so. Again, this is for the safety of all students.
Adjusting One's Gi (Uniform)
At times, the need will arise to adjust the gi. Students should always turn away from their sempai/sensei or training partner, and adjust quickly.
The Obi (Belt)
The obi should never be thrown, dragged, or touch the ground. It should be treated with respect. Student works hard to wear the belt.