Dojo Etiquette

Starting anything new can be daunting. Knowing what the rules are can go a long way towards easing your transition into Seido Karate and can make the lives of your fellow karatekas more pleasant, not to mention your own!


Before Class

  • Please wear shoes to the dojo, but then please remove your shoes upon entering the dojo. They may be placed in one of the three shoe racks/benches in the front of the dojo. This helps keep the floor of the dojo clean. It is also Japanese custom.
  • Bring water to class, but do not bring disposable water bottles. Use a re-usable bottle.
  • Be sure to inform the instructor of any injuries you may have so that they may suggest alternatives to keep you safe.

Uniforms and Hygiene

  • Keep your uniform clean and fresh, but avoid heavily fragranced detergents and fabric softeners. Likewise, avoid strong perfumes and other body products. Strong smells in either direction are a detraction from good training!
  • Please wear a shirt or undershirt beneath your gi top. Keep your gi clean and wrinkle-free. Repairs to the gi are acceptable. Do not wear your gi outside the dojo.
  • Only wear your karate belt during class. Do not wear it at other times or as a toy or prop. Do not wash your belt or allow it to drag on the floor.
  • Do not wear jewelry in class.
  • Karate is always performed in bare feet and we do a lot of kicking, so try to maintain good foot hygiene (and safety!) by keeping your toenails clipped and your feet clean.

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During Class

  • If there is a class ongoing while you are waiting for yours to begin, please refrain from loud talking. If a class is engaged in their meditation, please refrain from speaking at all until they are finished.
  • Refrain from using profanity while in the dojo. It is disrespectful to the spirit of the dojo as well as the people within it.
  • Do not talk or kiai when an instructor is talking, but do kneel to allow everyone to see.
  • When an instructor gives instruction in class, everyone is to loudly say “Osu!” in response. If an instructor addresses a student directly, the student will respond with “Osu Senpai!” or “Osu Sensei!”
  • When lining up for class, always go behind the other students to find your place in line, and say “Osu” to the students to either side of your place to let them know to make space for you.
  • Be sure to turn off or silence your cell phone before beginning class.
  • There are other businesses surrounding Sun Dragon. If they are in operation at the time of your class, please try not to park directly in front of them. There are often many spaces around the building available.

Following these guidelines will help ensure that you and your fellow karatekas will have a safe and pleasant training experience!

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