Before Entering Dojo Training Area
While in Dojo Training Area
Before Leaving Dojo Training Area
Your Uniform and Belt
NEVER join a class already in session, unless invited to do so. If you arrive late, open the door to bow and wait outside of the training area until you are invited in. If the class is performing the formal beginning or ending meditation and bows, DO NOT open the door until this is complete. Once invited into the training area, quietly enter, perform your own meditation and bows, stand at ready position (yoi) in the back and wait until invited to join the class.
At times, the need will arise to adjust your uniform (gi) or belt (obi). Students should always turn away from their sempai/sensei or training partner, and make adjustments quickly.
Your obi, which signifies your rank in the Genbu-Kai organization, should never be thrown, dragged, or touch the ground. You've worked hard for your rank so your obi should be treated with respect.
For our adult students - NEVER wear your gi outside of class. It is acceptable to wear the bottom portion of your gi with a t-shirt ONLY for the purposes of going directly to and from class. Wearing your gi in public is an invitation for trouble so DON'T do it.
Dojo etiquette is meant to establish a mutual respect for our art and each other. With each level of training, comes different levels of responsibilities and expectations. Tasks described below are by no means punishment. They are tasks that everyone has taken on that help build a sense of pride and respect for our dojo, our training, and our fellow Karatekas.