Crofton Shotokan School of Karate 

CROFTON SHOTOKAN SCHOOL OF KARATE  

RULES OF THE DOJO 

IT IS CORRECT MARTIAL ARTS ETIQUETTE NOT TO TRAIN AT OTHER DOJO’S UNLESS YOUR CLUB SENSEI HAS GIVEN AGREEMENT AND IT DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR REGULAR TRAINING AT YOUR HOME DOJO. 

THE CLUB CHIEF INSTRUCTOR SHOULD BE ADDRESSED AS SENSEI AT ALL TIMES.

STUDENTS SHOULD ADRESS ALL ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS AS SEMPAI WHILST IN THE DOJO.

SAYING “OSS” IS A SIGN OF RESPECT AND IS USED GENERALLY IN KARATE AND SHOULD BE USED WHEN: 

  • RECEIVING ADVICE OR ANY COMMAND FROM AN INSTRUCTOR
  • WHEN BOWING AT THE START OR FINISH OF A CLASS
  • WHEN BOWING TO YOUR PARTNER DURING KUMITE
  • IN ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE SITUATION; FOR INSTANCE DURING GRADINGS OR COMPETITION. 

KARATEKA MUST BOW WHEN ENTERING OR LEAVING THE DOJO. 

ALL STUDENTS MUST SHOW RESPECT TO HIGHER GRADES. 

IF FEELING UNWELL DURING A LESSON, LET THE INSTRUCTOR KNOW AND APPROPRIATE ACTION WILL BE TAKEN. 

SHOULD IT BE NECESSARY FOR A STUDENT TO LEAVE A CLASS EARLY, THE INSTURUCTOR MUST BE INFORMED PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT OF THE LESSON.  

ANY MEMBER ARRIVING LATE MUST TAKE UP A KNEELING POSITION INSIDE THE DOOR OF THE DOJO AND AWAIT AN INVITATION FROM THE INSTRUCTOR TO JOIN THE CLASS.  

FINGER AND TOE NAILS MUST BE KEPT CLEAN AND SHORT 

GI’S MUST BE KEPT CLEAN, PRESSED AND IN GOOD CONDITION. 

LONG HAIR MUST BE TIED BACK WITH A SOFT HAIR BAND AND METAL OR PLASTIC CLIPS SHOULD BE AVOIDED. 

JEWELLERY INCLUDING RINGS, EARINGS, BRACELETS, BODY PIERCINGS, HAIR BANDS, AND NECK CHAINS SHOULD NOT BE WORN DURING TRAINING. IF YOU CANNOT REMOVE A RING OR EARING THEN IT MUST BE TAPED OVER.  

STUDENTS MAY WEAR A PLAIN WHITE VEST OR T-SHIRT (WITH NO COLLAR) UNDER THEIR GI. 

MEMBERS MUST NOT SWEAR, OR COMMIT ANY OTHER ACT LIKELY TO OFFEND THE ETIQUETTE OF THE DOJO  

MEMBERS SHOULD APPLY FOR A LICENCE FROM SHOTOKAN OF ENGLAND KARATE UNION NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER BEING ACCEPTED AS A STUDENT. THIS LICENCE IS RENEWABLE ANNUALLY. APPLICATION FORMS ARE SUPPLIED BY THE CLUB CHIEF INSTRUCTOR.  

LICENCES MUST BE HANDED IN ONE WEEK BEFORE THE SCHEDULED GRADING DATES.  

TRAINING FEES ARE PAYABLE ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH IN THE FORM OF CASH, CHEQUE OR STANDING ORDER. (PLEASE SEE CHIEF INSTRUCTOR FOR S/O DETAILS).

DOJO MEMBERSHIP IS PAYABLE ANNUALLY ON 1st SEPTEMBER BY EACH STUDENT. FAILURE TO PAY DOJO MEMBERSHIP WILL RENDER A STUDENT UNABLE TO GRADE.

GI’S, MITTS, GUMSHEILDS, BELTS AND CLUB BADGES CAN ARE BE SUPPLIED BY THE CHIEF INSTRUCTOR.  

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT FOR SPARRING FEMALES WEAR CHEST PROTECTORS AND MALES WEAR A SPORTS BOX. THESE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CHIEF INSTRUCTOR. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS REGARDING THESE RULES THEN PLEASE ASK THE CHIEF INSTRUCTOR FOR ADVICE.  

NOTE: FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE RULES OF CROFTON SHOTOKAN SCHOOL OF KARATE COULD RESULT IN YOU BEING SUSPENDED FROM THE CLUB AND FROM SEKU.