- The Mat
– Never walk on the mat with street shoes
– Tape any cuts you have
– Do not join class if you have a contagious illness, wound, etc.
– Keep your finger and toe nails clipped and short
– No jewelry is permitted
– Shower before class if you are dirty
– Do not smell like smoke (Gi, breathe, hair, etc.)
– Clean White kimonos (GI) only (Academy only when required)
– Navy Blue, crew neck Rash Guard (compressions shirt) only under Top
– Rash guards (compression shirt) must be tucked into the pants
– Always keep your top tucked in and belt on
– When fixing your top and / or belt, turn facing the wall to fix it before facing the instructor.
– If you forget your uniform, You may attend class; although, you line up as lowest rank
- Lining up in class
– Always line up in rank order (highest to lowest)
– Always stand straight up with good posture
– Never lean or relax against the wall
– Never rest a foot on the wall
- Addressing the instructors
– Always greet the instructor before class and shake hands with after
– Black Belts with Professor Stripes are referred to as “Professor”
– Black Belts with White Bar and Brown Belts are referred to as “Coach”.
- If you are late to class
– Do not enter the class (step on the mat) until the instructor recognizes you and invites you
– Always walk behind the instructor, never walk in front of the instructor or between the instructor and the students
– Line up at in the lowest rank position
- Stepping on and off the mat
– Always bow on and off
– Wipe your feet
– Never leave the class without asking the instructor first
- Language and conversations
– Never use what most people would consider “foul” language
– Never speak negatively about anyone
– Never discuss religion, politics or any topic that can make another student feel uncomfortable
- When the instructor is speaking / teaching
– Always be respectful
– Always look up and pay attention
– Never pick your fingernails, toenails, etc.
– Never play with your belt, gi, etc.
– Never laugh, giggle, or talk with anyone
– Never argue with or debate with the instructor during class, wait until after class
– Please ask questions only regarding the topic and / or technique being taught
- When the instructor asks the students to drill a technique
– Never “teach” anyone anything
– Never give an negative opinion or a personal option on the technique being taught
– Never try to “defeat”, “prove wrong” or “resist” a technique being taught
- If you have a question
– Always ask the instructor or someone designated by the instructor
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