Etiquettes

Kensho Dojo is a Shotokan Karate club located in Tilehurst, in Reading - based in the Thames Valley area of Berkshire. Weekly martial arts instruction include Shotokan Karate class with a belend of Tai Chi and Aikido. The club is affiliated to the English Traditional Karate Federation, and accepts members from Reading, Lower Earley, Woodley, Earley, Calcot, Burghfield Common, Caversham and Tilehurst

Why the Etiquette?


Etiquettes are an important part of Karate training. Etiquette is just common courtesy. You cannot respect others unless you can respect yourself first. They are to show your respect for the dojo and the people who train within it. Most of these are based on the traditional Japanese customs from where modern Karate originated.


Entering and Exiting the Dojo



  • Bow and osu when entering and exiting the dojo area and dojo floor.

  • Always osu when the teacher enters the dojo or walks past you as a sign of respect.

  • If you are late, get changed and sit in seiza at the back of the dojo floor. Wait to be acknowledged to join the class by the instructor.

  • When the instructor acknowledges you to join the class, answer by saying "osu sensei".


Beginning of the Class


Lining up for the class



  • When going onto the dojo floor let your senior go on before you and say osu as you enter the dojo floor.

  • Always line up in grade, according to rank, senior grade to your right, and junior grade to your left.

  • When lining up always make sure your lines are straight.


Opening ceremony



  • Seiza:As the Sensei sits in seiza (formal sitting position); the class also sits in seiza and prepares to start class. When kneeling for the greet always go onto
    the left knee first then right. Your senior grade should begin kneeling before you

  • ZareiNext the class performs two zarai or sitting bows. The head student calls out:

  • SHOMEN NI REI!This means: 'bow to the front of the Dojo'. After the class finishes this bow, the Sensei will turn around and the head student will call out:

  • SENSEI NI REI! This means, 'bow to the teacher'. As the class bows, the teacher returns the bow. After the bowing ceremony has been completed the Sensei will indicate that the class should stand up and practice begins.


Class Etiquette



  • If you cannot train for the whole duration of the class, then arrange with the instructor of that class to be excused at the requested time. The instructor then will ask you to leave the class at an appropriate time so that you do not disrupt the class when doing so.

  • No talking in class unless asked. It is a sign of respect that you listen to the instructor taking the class.

  • When joining or leaving your partner always bow as a way of thanking them for the opportunity in working out together.

  • When told to sit down in class sit seiza unless told to sit relaxed.

  • When addressed in class personally (this includes being corrected) acknowledge that you have heard by answering "osu senpai/sensei". This is also a way of appreciating the fact that your instructor has taken interest in seeing that you do the techniques properly.

  • If you find it necessary to tidy up your gi, bow and turn around towards the back of the dojo and tidy your GI.


End of the Class


Closing ceremony



  • Seiza:As the Sensei sits in seiza (formal sitting position); the class also sits in seiza and prepares to start class. When kneeling for the greet always go onto the left knee first then right. Your senior grade should begin kneeling before you

  • Mokuso: This means - Close your eyes and meditate. After a short period of time, the senior student calls out

  • Mokuso Yame: This means - Open your eyes

  • ZareiNext the class performs two zarai or sitting bows. The head student calls out:

  • SHOMEN NI REI!This means: 'bow to the front of the Dojo'. After the class finishes this bow, the Sensei will turn around and the head student will call out:

  • SENSEI NI REI! This means, 'bow to the teacher'. As the class bows, the teacher returns the bow. After the bowing ceremony has been completed the Sensei will indicate that the class should stand up and practice begins.


Personal Etiquette



  • Always keep your Gi clean and tidy. Repair any rips or tears.

  • No jewellery is to be worn during class as it may injure yourself or another person.

  • Fingernails and toe-nails should always be kept short.