1. Show respect to everyone at all times while in the Dojo. Especially to the blackbelts!
2. Be on your best behavior at all times while in the Dojo. Act as though you were in a church.
3. No vulgar language is to be used in the Dojo.
4. Keep your body and your uniform clean at all times when in the Dojo.
5. No gum chewing or eating during class.
6. No wearing of jewelry (chains, bracelets, watches, large or sharp rings, etc). The only exceptions to this rule are wedding and engagement rings. During sparring engagement rings must be turned around so the stone is facing your palm so as not to cut your opponent with the stone or setting.
7. When sparring be sensitive to your opponent’s needs, feeling and safety. If your opponent asks you to go easy, YOU MUST LISTEN AND DO SO!
8. If while sparring your opponent fails to honor your request to go easy, you may refuse to continue sparring, or you may call over the person in charge to express your concerns.
9. Do no ask to be tested or when you will be tested or promoted. Your job is to train hard and let your teachers determine your progress and promotions.
10. Do not ask to be taught a Kata, and do not practice any Kata that you have not been taught by a blackbelt. You have plenty to work on already!
11. Help keep the Dojo clean, pick up after yourselves and others. This behavior helps improve the Dojo and also the world, and it helps develop some humility in you.
12. When asked to line up, stop talking and line up immediately.
13. Pay your dues and promotion fees on time. Our dues are reasonable and our expenses are very high. You can help the Dojo by paying in a timely manner. Dues are due on the first day of the month, but you may also pay early.
14. Do not touch anyone else’s belongings in the locker rooms or anywhere else in the Dojo.
15. Always show respect to your teachers by saying thank-you. Also bow to any blackbelt while thanking them. By doing this they will continue to help you in the future.
16. When given a correction, you just listen respectfully, say thank-you (along with a bow to a blackbelt), and find time as soon as possible during that class to practice that correction at least 5 to 10 times. By doing this you have a good chance of keeping the correction in your Karate, and the person who gave you the correction will want to help you in the future. Remember, a correction is a gift to you and should be received properly by you. A correction in the Dojo is not meant to knock your Karate; rather it is designed to lift your Karate up to a higher level. Remember, you are here for instruction.
17. Train as hard as you can when not working with a partner. When working with a partner during sparring or during a special drill, keep each other safe. There are no real enemies within the Dojo, only training partners. Learn from each other without excessively battering each other. This will safely prepare you for any real enemies you may encounter outside of the Dojo.
18. Color belts are not allowed to teach in this Dojo with only very rare exceptions (when we might be short-staffed) and only when instructed by a blackbelt to do so. Brown belts do some teaching on an as-needed basis, but brown-belts’ teaching duties are somewhat limited. Blackbelts are the true teachers in the Dojo, the higher ranked the blackbelt, the better!
19. Work on developing patience, tolerance, good manners, perseverance, fitness, balance, speed, flexibility, kindness, strength, technique, spirit, compassion and any additional good qualities that our blackbelts have. In this way you move closer to becoming a blackbelt yourself.
20. Work on not gossiping and on not complaining about petty things while in the Dojo. Try to reduce or eliminate other personal weakness such as mean thoughts, jealousy and any traits that would be considered undesirable for a blackbelt to have and exhibit in the Dojo. In this way you move closer to becoming a blackbelt in your thoughts and actions.
21. Remember that this is a warrior school (Bushido = The Way of the Warrior). You are supposed to be growing and getting stronger in all areas of your personality. This is indeed a hard road for all Karateka (students) to follow, however it is also extremely rewarding!
22. Once class begins the seats are off limits. During class those seats are for visitors, parents, etc. Students are not allowed to sit down during breaks unless you are ill. Remember you are here to get stronger, so remain on your feet once class begins and until class bows out.
23. Do not come to class under the influence of alcohol or drugs!
24. Always work as hard as you possibly can while in class. Hard work always brings good results in the Dojo, and in other areas of your life as well!
25. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE YOUR KARATE!
An older Cherokee man is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he says to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, selfishness, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is good. He is love, joy, peace, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person”.
The grandson thinks about this for a minute and then asks his grandfather “which wolf will win”?
The old Cherokee replies “the one you feed”.