Students address each other with title and surname, i.e. "Miss ____", "Mr ____", etc. This includes junior students who may find it unusual to be called by their family name.
The karate gi (uniform) is to be worn in the dojo and not worn to and from the lesson as a regular piece of clothing. If during warmer weather it is more convenient to do so, then the belt must be removed and the KASKA badge covered by a coat or shirt at all times. We train with humility and not from a place of pride, therefore we do not advertise our practice of karate.
The condition of the gi reflects respect for the training. Gis should be tidy and clean and belts tied appropriately. The correct way to tie a karate belt (obi) will be shown to new students by seniors.
Students bow upon entering and leaving the dojo. This is a sign of respect to the intention of the training hall and the effort of all those within it. Bowing will be taught in the first lessons.
Students ask permission of the Instructor if they need to leave the class at any time during the training session, and ask again to join in when returned.
The development of discipline and etiquette are as much a part of the traditional martial art as a well delivered punch.
Karate training is a continuous process of learning. Observe how the senior students act in the dojo, what is said and what is shown. Whenever you have a question do not hesitate to ask the Dojo Secretary or a higher graded student.
Following are guidelines for the basic demonstration of mutual respect shown between students and instructors, and student-to-student.
Students address the Chief Instructor as "Sensei" at all times, and other Dan Grade (Black Belt) Instructors as "Sempai" when they are leading the instruction. This is a mark of respect of the grade and position attained through years of training.