• 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 greet their Instructor with a formal bow, and extend this courtesy to all other higher grade students in turn. The lower grade student always offers the bow to the senior.  
  • Throughout training students remain attentive and polite as a show of respect for their instructors and fellow students.  It is not possible to listen and learn whilst chatting. 
  • Family members who train together remember that the personal relationship has been left outside the hall. This helps parents or older siblings resist the temptation to 'help' the younger students or indeed partners.  All students are students in the dojo, with only one instructor.  
  • Before training begins the floor of the hall must be swept so there are no debris to harm the feet, or to be flicked up into the face.  Junior students traditionally have the honour of performing the task. A new student who is keen to volunteer will be shown the correct procedure.  
  • 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.

  • Students turn to face the rear of the dojo to make any adjustments to their gi or other clothing.   
  • Students need to notify the Dojo Secretary or Instructor if they have any illness or injury which may affect their training. Training is always modified to ensure safety and health.
  • Throughout training, students remain attentive and polite as show of respect for they instructors and fellow students.
  • Regular practice is the way to achieve improvement in all things in life.  Attendance at dojo training is necessary to be shown the skills, and training at home in between lessons is necessary to learn them. Students will see that they get out of training what they put into it.  Regular attendance is necessary to be instructed in the full spectrum of skills for each belt level.  If a student anticipates he or she will not be able to train due to illness or holiday, it is correct to information the Dojo Secretary in advance, or by phone or email.      



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                                              Dojo etiquette


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.