Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand

Founded in 1966 by Sensei Bob Dalton. New Zealand Representative for WSKF and APSKF

Dojo Etiquette


Dojo Etiquette

:: Adhere to the Sempai / Kohai (senior / junior) relationship at all times. Avoid addressing a Sempei or Sensei by their first name while in the dojo. (Outside of class it is fine though)

:: When speaking to a black belt or receiving instruction from a senior student always stand in yoi-dachi (ready stance)

:: If you are called upon in class to come to the front of the dojo and assist Sensei do it quickly and with honor. Avoid flinching or pulling away as it might result in injury

At the start of a class
:: Senior rank will give the order to line-up approximately 1 minute before the start of class. EVERYONE lines-up immediately. As Sensei faces the class the commands are as follows:

     "Tachi Rei" Standing bow to the Sensei

     "Seiza" (formal kneeling position) all rei (bow) and then kneel (fists on thighs).

     "Shomen ni rei" (bow to the dojo) all face to the front of the dojo and bow

     "Otagi ni rei" (bow to all), all place fists to the floor and bow.

:: From Sensei: "Geiko hajime" (training begin), all place fists to the floor again and bow. At this time wait for any instructions from Sensei

At the finish of a class
:: Senior rank will give the order to line-up

     "Seiza" (formal kneeling position - fists on thighs).

     "Mokuso"  (close eyes, Concentrate your breathing, review your karate training)

     "Kaimoku" (open eyes).

     "Shomen ni rei" (bow to the dojo) all face to the front of the dojo and bow

     "Sensei ni rei", all place fists to the floor and bow.

     "Otagi ni rei" (bow to all), all place fists to the floor and bow.

:: From Sensei: "Geiko yame" (training end), all place fists to the floor again and bow.

Spirit

How often you train will determine the rate of progression, both physically and advancement in rank. It is recommended that you attend class twice weekly or more

Instructing lower belts is part of the training process. Higher belts should expect to be paired up with new students or white belts during class. It is an honor to be asked to assist in a lower belts training

Everyone should always strive to give 100% of themselves in every class. However, if you are reaching your physical limit in class do not push above it. This may only cause injury, resulting in a set-back in your training. If you have an injury that limits your participation, please advise a senior. Remember, lower belts are not expected to keep up with seniors, nor should you even try. This also goes for those students who are older and wiser than others. DO ONLY WHAT YOU CAN

Dojo (Training Hall)

Dojo means: a cherished place of learning. Respect it and appreciate the fact that you have a place to train

DOGI (Training Uniform)

Your Gi is a piece of your training equipment, without it you could not train. It is to be treated with respect and rolled after each training session. It should always be clean and presentable upon entry to the dojo