Dojo Etiquette 道場礼儀

The arts practiced in Kumataka Dōjōs are expressions of budō, meaning that we practise them not only to develop physical skills, but also to develop as more complete humans.

Demonstrating respect for your fellow practitioners, your teachers, the equipment, the school and most importantly, yourself, is an important part of this.

Please maintain these requirements of Dōjō Etiquette at all times.

  1. Please observe the traditional Japanese custom of bowing (‘rei’) as followed by the dōjō:
    • Ritsurei, to be performed towards the jōseki upon entering and exiting the dōjō
    • Ritsurei, to be performed when stepping on and off the tatami or training area
    • Zarei or ritsurei, to be performed towards the jōseki and then towards the instructors upon commencement and completion of a formal class
    • Zarei or ritsurei, to be performed between practitioners upon commencement and completion of a round of practice
  2. Please arrive at class punctually, with time to get changed and help lay mats and set up.
  3. Please help pack up after class quickly and efficiently.
  4. Please greet visitors to the dōjō warmly.
  5. Please make sure your uniform is clean, in good condition and with the correct badge(s) attached.
  6. Please ensure your fingernails and toenails are always cut clean and short.
  7. Please keep your personal training equipment clean and tidy at all times.
  8. Please put away all equipment you have used.
  9. Please ensure your training fees are paid promptly.

Mutual welfare and respect are both requirement and outcome – they are to be shown at all times in the dōjō.