In my training within Shotokan karate
I will learn to train my mind to overcome ALL obstacles.
I shall not judge nor accuse but observe others actions and my own and strive to be the character expected of me in the Dojo and in my personal life , and will strive to honour the code of Ethics of the Art I have chosen that being Shotokan.
© Copyright John Vincent Farenden 2017
1.When entering or leaving the Dojo, stand in the doorway, and please bow. This represents a mark or respect for the Dojo and the people in it.
2. If late for training, kneel at the side of the class towards the back, facing away in SEIZA (formal kneeling position). When the instructor acknowledges you, stand up, turn to the front , bow and say 'Hai Sensei/Sempei' then "Shitsurei Shimasu" (excuse me for disturbing), then quickly join the back of the class.
3. Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in the Dojo.
4. Always move quickly in class when instructed to do something. DO NOT STROLL.
5. Do not practise KUMITE unless instructed to do so.
6. Do not break rank for any reason, without asking permission from the instructor. If you must leave your position, do not walk between the instructor and the class. Walk behind the row you are in to either side and proceed from there.
7. Always address the instructor and seniors by their proper title (SEMPAI, SENSEI, SHIHAN) inside the Dojo. Acknowledge them with a loud " Hai Sensei/Sempei" when they speak to you.
8. Your training should be a serious matter. Do not laugh, giggle, talk or cause disruption during the class.
9. All directions, by instructor, should be obeyed in the Dojo, without question. You will not be asked to do anything that your instructor has not done him/herself already. If you cannot keep up, do the best you can.
10. Keep fingernails and toenails short and clean.
11. During the break: No sitting on chairs, leaning against the wall or lying down. Do some training rather than waste time.
12. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
13. Your karate-gi must be neat and washed clean at all times. Your belt should NEVER be washed, only aired dry. It symbolically contains the spirit of your hard training, and under no circumstances are male karatekas allowed to wear t-shirts or other clothing underneath their karate-gi.
14. Don't wear jewellery or watches during training.
SENSEI John V Farenden
7th Dan (Shotokan Karate)
7th Dan Kempo Karate (Freestyle Karate)
1st Dan (Zen Shin Ryu Karate)
Alan Cregeen - 2nd Dan (Shotokan)
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