Dojo Etiquette

Guardian Dojo – Common Rules

  • Students will bow and say “OSU” upon entering and leaving the dojo.
  • Proper respect will be shown to all senior belts and elders.
  • Prior to addressing a senior belt, students will bow and say “OSU.”
  • No shoes are to be worn on the dojo floor.
  • Students will warm up with a minimum of noise before classes.
  • Black belts will be addressed in the following manner:
    SHIHAN 5th. Dan and above
    SENSEI 3rd. and 4th. Dan
    SEMPAI 1st. and 2nd. Dan
  • No student will leave the class without permission from the instructor.
  • Only a clean white dogi will be worn and any rips or tears must be repaired promptly.
  • Fingernails and toenails must be kept trimmed short; students must be clean.
  • Any jewelry must be removed prior to training.
  • Talking during class will not be tolerated.
  • Students will refrain from gossip and disparaging remarks about other schools or styles of Martial Arts.
  • All students shall conduct themselves, both inside and outside of the dojo, in such a way as to properly reflect Guardian Dojo and the Kyokushin Karate Organization.

“The Martial Way begins and ends with respect and courtesy.”