Dojo Etiquette & procedure

  1. On entering the Dojo all karateka should say “Osu” loudly and with confidence.
  2. Always pay attention to the instructor and attempt to follow his instructions to the best of your ability.
  3. No eating, drinking or smoking is permitted in the dojo.
  4. Karate gi’s should be kept clean and in good repair at all times.
  5. Finger nails and toe nails should be kept clean and well cut.
  6. Jewellery must not be worn. If it cannot be removed, it must be taped over.
  7. All karateka should use the time before class as a period for warming up and asking the higher grades for information and advice.
  8. Instructors must be addressed appropriately: Senei (3rd Dan or over) or Sempai (highest grade up to 3rd dan).
  9. When arriving late, you should kneel down bt the side of the dojo and wait for the instructor to let you know if you are permitted to join the class. Always ask permission to leave the dojo for whatever reason.
  10. Any member found using the art of Karate for personal gain or conducting his or herself in a violent or rude manner will have his or her membership terminated.
  11. The dojo must always be kept clean and tidy. This is the responsibility of the lower grades.
  12. When sparring, association recommended groin guards, mittens ans shin and instep pads are mandatory.

Basic knowledge

English Japanese Pronunciation
One ichi itchy
Two ni nee
Three san san
Four shi she
Five go go
Six roku roke
Seven shichi sitch
Eight hachi hatch
Nine ku ker
Ten ju jer
Begin hajime haj-im-me
Bow rei ray
Head Area jodan jo-dan
Middle Body chudan choo-dan
Groin gedan gee-dan
Left hidari he-dar-ray
Right migi me-gee
Ready yoi yoy
Rest nawre now-ray
Shout kiai kee_eye
Stop yame yam-me
Turn mawatte ma-wat-tay
Block uke oo-kay
Strike uchi oo-chi
Kick geri gelli