Dojo Etiquette


  1. Please arrive on time and, if appropriate, early to help set up mats.
  2. Wear loose, sturdy clothing or a ‘gi’ (‘ki dogi’). Remove all jewellery.
  3. Bring slippers/sandals (‘zori’) to wear to and from the mat.
  4. Please keep your ki dogi and yourself clean, out of respect for yourself and others. Trim your nails to prevent injury.
  5. Bow once upon entering the dojo, and once upon leaving the dojo when the class is finished.
  6. Before stepping on the mat at the start of class, bow once at the edge of the mat, then turn and remove your footwear. At the end of the class, slip your footwear back on, turn to face the mat, and bow to finish. You do not need to bow each time you step on and off during class or on breaks, only make sure you wear slippers off the mat.
  7. Do not run or shout in the dojo.
  8. When you hear the Sensei clap, stop what you are doing immediately, and follow the Sensei’s instructions (this usually means sit to the side, so the Sensei may address the class or demonstrate).
  9. Have a positive attitude, and be grateful for the opportunity to practice with whoever is there, regardless of their grade or experience.
  10. Alcohol is not to be consumed before practice.

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