Dojo Ettiquette


The white belt can be worn once accepted by your instructor and although there are no gradings required first before being allowed to wear this belt, remember as a Karate student - you must respect the Karate Etiquette (below) as well as the Shotokan Philosophy.


  • Bow upon entering and exiting the dojo.

  • Be prepared before entering the dojo, have a clean white gi on, with your belt tied, no jewellery or footwear.

  • Be prepared mentally and physically.

  • Be punctual, if late for class, wait in seiza at the back of the class and wait for permission to enter.

  • If you need to leave early, let the instructor know before class.

  • Notify your instructor of any medical condition or injury.

  • Keep toe and fingernails short and clean.

  • Show respect to your sempai (senior), one another and your dojo.

  • Respond quickly to your place or duty, do not keep the class waiting for you.

  • Always bow before and after partner drills.

  • Avoid lengthy questions during class. Think them out first and then ask the instructor after class.

  • Refrain from disrespect by turning when adjusting gi, belt, sneezing, coughing, or yawning.

  • If you are watching a class, clinic, grading or tournament, sit quietly at the back and do not talk, eat, read or move around.

  • Students are expected to remain throughout an event, just like a regular class.

  • No leaning against walls or placing hands on your hips.

  • Arms are always to the side behind or folded in front.

  • Always try your best, show strong spirit and enthusiasm.

  • Train safely and smartly.

  • Do not harm or injure one another.

  • Notify the instructor if you will be gone for a long period of time.

  • Enjoy your practice of Karate-do, remember, you will get out of karate what you put into it.


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