Shotokan Karate for kids teens and adults in Winnipeg Canada

Rules and Etiquette

Shugo - lining up for class

Shugo – lining up for class

Dojo Rules

  1. Arrive 10-15 minutes before class; let sensei know if you have to arrive late or leave early
  2. The chief instructor for the dojo should be called sensei
  3. All black belts should be called sempai
  4. Always bow when entering or leaving the dojo
  5. Bow to Sensei when you first come to class
  6. Answer “osu” when acknowledging an instructor’s direction in class
  7. Stand straight and listen attentively when the instructors are speaking
  8. No leaning on walls or laying around the dojo
  9. There should be minimal talking during class times
  10. Uniforms must be kept clean
  11. Finger & toe nails should be kept short
  12. No jewelry should be worn during class
  13. No chewing gum or candy during class
  14. Always leave your belongings neat and in order in the dojo or change rooms

Dojo Etiquette

Karate is oriental in origin and philosophy and follows a practice of respect to the founders. As well, karate is a truly international activity and the etiquette used in karate forms a common bond around the world.

“Osu” – This term is used frequently in the dojo and is derived from “Onore Wa Shinobu”, meaning “I will persevere”. The usage of the term is broad and usually indicates an attitude of respect. Examples of such usage are:

  • When first entering or leaving the dojo in conjunction with a standing bow [nitsu-rei] made in the direction of the “kamiza” (also called “shomen”),
  • At the beginning and ending of a class under the direction of the sempai, in conjunction with a kneeling bow (zarei),
  • When answering ‘yes’ to a question directed at you by the instructor
  • In response to a direction given by the instructor to the class (this indicates you understood the direction).

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