Dojo Academy Rules

  1. Mat Etiquette:

    • No shoes, food, or drinks allowed on the mats.
    • When entering the mats, bow to the center and greet with "Osu." Upon exiting, bow to the center again.
    • Classes begin and end with a formal bow to the instructor, lining up in descending grade order.
    • At the end of classes, shake hands with the instructor and fellow students.
    • Before and after practice, shake hands or bow to your partner.
  2. Instructor Protocol:

    • Black-Belt instructors should be addressed as "Sensei," "Professor," or "Coach."
    • If you are late for class, wait by the mats for permission from the instructor before joining.
    • If you need to leave the mat or class early, ask the instructor for permission.
  3. Classroom Conduct:

    • Maintain minimal talking, focusing on the class subject.
    • Avoid talking while the instructor is speaking, as it disrupts learning and shows disrespect to the teacher and fellow students.
  4. Personal Hygiene:

    • Maintain a high level of personal hygiene.
    • Keep fingernails and toenails short and filed.
    • Wash the Gi/Kimono at least weekly; a dirty Gi shows disrespect.
  5. Belt Tying:

    • Face the wall when tying your belt.
  6. Electronics and Accessories:

    • Cell phones are not allowed on the mat area.
    • Remove all jewelry, piercings, or metal objects before class.
    • Avoid wearing T-shirts, shorts, patches, or gear with another school's name or logo in the academy.
  7. Conduct during Training:

    • Strictly prohibit foul language, cursing, or swearing in the academy.
    • Senior students should set a positive example, protect newer students from injuries, and assist them in learning.
    • Prohibit neck cranks, heel hooks, or slamming of opponents.

These rules are in place to maintain a respectful and safe training environment for all academy members.

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