Dojo Etiquette

The etiquette also helps us in our daily lives

Many of the things we do in the dojo we do for a reason, the dojo etiquette was designed to help you with your training and to understand Kyokushin. The etiquette consists of common sense, plain good manners and old traditions. The dojo etiquette can vary from country to country but still maintains the basic concept. It should never be compromised to suit ourselves. For example sometimes we ignore certain procedures just because we become a little lazy.

There are also many unwritten rules that we have to learn by observing other students, this way you develop buy using your own initiative and common sense. To ignore the dojo etiquette, dojo kun and Sosai´s eleven mottoes we take away the very foundation of Kyokushin.

  1. When entering or leaving the dojo, always face the front bow and say OSU, then face   the general direction of the other students in the class, bow and say OSU again.
  2. All greetings are said by the word OSU which is an international Kyokushin greeting, it is pronounced load and clear. OSU can be used to show the instructor that you understand what he/she said and should always be used instead of yes.
  3. When late to class, bow in the normal manner, kneel with your back to the class in seiza, wait with eyes closed in mokuso. When acknowledged remain in seiza and bow saying OSU again and then quickly join the back of the class.
  4. Before entering the dojo the dogi should be clean and tidy and the obi tied.
  5. No student is allowed to leave  the dojo without first asking the instructor.
  6. Do not eat, chew gum, smoke, drink, sing or whistle in the dojo.
  7. Keep your toenails and fingernails clean and cut short at all times to avoid injures. Always be sure your feet, nails and hands are washed clean for training. In training you often work closely with others, nobody likes to train with someone who is dirty.
  8. If you have a mobile phone or a beeper always turn them off before entering the dojo.
  9. For safety and neatness do not wear any kind of jewellery during training.
  10. No shoes are allowed in the dojo.
  11. In the dojo, you should always show good manners and listen carefully to the instructor’s directions. Do not waste your time and everyone else’s if you are not prepared to treat your   training seriously and always show a respectful attitude towards Karate.
  12. To adjust your dogi or re-tie you belt you should sit in seiza.
  13. During training no talking is allowed. If you want to ask something, always put your hand up and wait until the instructor acknowledges you.
  14. Formation in the dojo is always in grade order with the highest grades starting from the right.
  15. Address your instructors as Sempai, Sensei or Shihan, do not address an instructor by their first name.