A message for all students
On our recent Summer Course in Portland, Sensei Grimes started by giving a talk to the students about the importance of Dojo Maxims, (rules of etiquette) that should always be applied. These rules are expected to be followed, and will be enforced by Senior grades:
The Instructor should always be addressed as Sensei, never by first name, other senior grades that are training should either be addressed as Sensei, or Sempai. Instructors and Students are not as one, you should Respect, and Revere your Instructor at all times.
If you arrive late for training, you should perform "Seiza", and wait to be called into the training.
Whilst training there should be no idle chatter, eating, or chewing gum. Water can be drunk when a break is called, and eating can take place on a break, but outside of the Dojo.
ALL jewellery must be removed where possible. if it cannot, then it must be taped over, necklaces must be removed. Jewellery can cause danger when practising with a partner.
Finger and Toe nails should be kept short and clean, again because of the danger they can cause in pairwork.
If you feel unwell, or need to use the toilets, speak to the instructor, don`t just leave the Dojo.
Always bow when entering, or leaving the Dojo.
Limber up quietly before the training starts.
When a grading is due, do not assume that you are ready to take it, your Instructor will tell you when he feels you are ready.
Never assume that you will pass a grade, do not be complacent, work hard for it.
You must make every effort to attend training courses. Those taking, or eligible to take 2nd Dan and above are required to attend at least 50% of the Refereeing courses. Not just when grading is due.
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Don't forget, the first lesson is always free with the WKF - absolutely no obligation