“Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant.” - Tsukahara Bokuden
The ethos of Karate is the development of the character through the development of the body and the instructor has a great responsibility to uphold this tradition. The instructor must ensure that all students in their charge adhere to the code of conduct below.
- Instructors should be referred to as Sensei or by their appropriate title, and not by name.
- All instructors are to be addressed as “Sensei”(Teacher).
- All assistants instructors are to be addressed as “Senpai”(Assistant Teacher).
- All Karate-Ka are require to behave in a gentlemanly manner. This includes greeting your instructors on entering and leaving the dojo
- Upon entering the Dojo a short bow should be executed and this should be repeated upon leaving the Dojo.
- Junior grades must bow to senior grades first.
- All jewellery, watches and sharp objects must be removed before entering the Dojo and all fingernails and toenails must be kept short to avoid causing injury to other members.
- Always ensure that shoes have been removed before entering the Dojo area.
- Once a lesson has commenced the mind and body must be co-ordinated and be ready to react to whatever is taught. All movements must be executed with spirit and skill.
- Students must be punctual for class and wait for the start in an appropriate manner.
- If a student is late for class they must warm up away from the class and then wait at the front and side of the class until permission to join in is given by the senior grade.
- Students must inform the school if they are not able to attend a class.
- Students must walk around the edge of the dojo.
- No food or drink may be consumed within the dojo /training area.
- No smoking is allowed in the dojo.
- The use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour will lead to expulsion from school.
- Students must ensure that they have an up to date Affiliation Book.
- Keep adding to the spirit of karate by co-ordinating with fellow students at all times.
- Treat your dojo with respect, it is your sanctuary.
- Enjoy mastering your art in Shukokai Karate.
The above rules also apply to competitions.
“Understanding comes to those who have realised their true selves.” - Anonymous