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Etiquette and Rules

Always wear a clean gi (uniform).

Keep your finger and toe nails clean and clipped.

Use a mouthwash.

Use a deodorant.

Stop smoking.

Check the bulletin board daily for announcements and dojo activities.

Horseplay will not be tolerated.

A groin cup and support should be worn during class for protection.

No smoking, drinking, or eating in the dojo.

Profanity and obscene language is forbidden.

All students should keep a notebook.

Attend our yearly Asageiko training (two-day weapons summer camp).

Attend our yearly Kangeiko training (two-day Aiki & Karate winter training).

Call the dojo if you intend to be absent or late.

Lateness will not be tolerated.  Call for permission to be admitted.

If permitted to class late, go to the end of the class line-up and begin the warm up exercises.

Show respect to all students and instructors at all times. (apply this to your daily life).

Never leave the mat area once class is in session without permission.

Monthly tuition is due and is to be paid before the 28th of each month.

Always bow before getting on the training area and after getting off the training area.

Always remove your shoes and carry them down to the changing room.

Train daily with a makiwara at home.

Read "Ki In Daily Life" three times before green belt promotion.

If you are absent for one full month you lose seniority but not rank.

Learn the basics (kihon) well.

Only black belt instructors and brown belt assistant instructors may "teach" the art

Besides physical prowess, promotions will be considered on the basis of maturity, reliability, sincerity, attendance, and on your character.

Live the art.

Ask Sensei about required readings. (Ki In Daily Life, Bushido, Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts, A Book of Five Rings, The Art of War)

Never walk on the mats with shoes. (apply this to your home).

Do not park in the rear of the dojo (parking is for instructors and tenants only).

Do not drink from another student's water mug.  Purchase a dojo water mug.

Clean the dojo periodically.  Do not wait to be told (apply this to your home).

Put your tuition (cash or check) in an envelope and put your name on it.   It is rude to drop cash on Sensei's desk.

Just as a temple, synagogue, or church is more than a building and a home is more than a house, the Budokan or dojo is more than a store front or a gym.

You will arrive and depart from the dojo with a properly folded gi, obi, and hachimaki.

Do not ask to use the dojo telephone unless it is a true emergency.  Make your plans in advance.

When a student's skills have been assessed and a recommendation has been made, a private lesson will be arranged for the purpose of assessing, testing, or re-teaching.

Get involved in seminars, clinics, workshops, asageikos, kangeikos, and weapons classes.

Once class begins, be quiet.   Sign up, line up, and shut up.