1. At the door, one must bow before entering the karate dojo.
2. Shoes must be removed before walking on the wooden floor. Shoes must be placed in the shoe rack if there is room.
3. Before walking on the training floor you must bow.
4. When leaving the training floor, you must turn, face the floor, and bow.
5. It is the student's responsibility to keep the dojo clean. If you see something dirty, clean it. Attempts should also be made on your own to clean the dojo on your own time. This is called "soji" and is an integral part of karate training.
6. Chewing of gum is never permitted in the karate dojo
7. Food or drink must not be consumed in the karate dojo without the Master's consent.
8. Any blood spilled on the karate dojo floor must be cleaned immediately.
9. If any equipment or dojo property is damaged, the damage must be immediately reported to the Master.
10. Dues should be paid on time. It is considered most awkward and inappropriate should the student need to be asked for payment. It is up to the student to make sure dues are paid on time. To be late shows disrespect to the karate dojo and dishonors the student.
11. Karate uniforms must be kept clean at all times and free of stains and odors. Tears should be repaired as soon as possible.
12. Jewelry should never be worn on the karate-training floor. If it can not be removed, it should be covered with medical tape. Necklaces when accidentally yanked can cut your neck if they do not break. Rings can inflict cuts on your training partner. Ear rings can accidentally be torn off.
13. When leaving the karate dojo, all personal property should be taken with you unless arrangements have been made with the master to leave items at the karate dojo.
14. No karate dojo property should be removed from the premises without prior permission from the Master.
15. No equipment should be used or introduced into the dojo without the prior permission of the Master beforehand.
16. When the class is practicing kata, do not cross the floor while the kata is in progress. Wait until the kata is completed or you get the OK from the instructor to cross the floor.
17. Students are not allowed to talk while training except for issues regarding their immediate training.
18. Laughing during class is considered inappropriate. The training of karate is training on how to kill and injure an opponent in self-defense. This is serious and should not be taken lightly. One mistake can result in the serious injury or death of a fellow student. It can also result in your own injury or death if you are not attentive in class and attempt to use karate incorrectly in a self-defense situation.
19. Being late to class is considered inappropriate. If your schedule is such that it is unavoidable to be late please let the instructor know before hand, otherwise all attempts to get to class on time should be made. If you are very late you should obtain permission from the instructor before training.
20. If you are late, you are required to go to the rear of the class and sit (seiza), meditate with your eyes closed for at least 5 seconds. Get up on your left leg and right knee, do an outside block with your left hand (hidari, chudan soto uke) and then a right hand punch. At this time with the instructor's approval you may join the class. You should stay in the rear of the class until you are told by the instructor to move forward, even if you are a high-ranking student.
20. If you are an advanced student and are unable to attend your regular scheduled class you must call and notify the Master. This is an absolute if you are an instructor and are unable to teach your scheduled class. Calls by instructors should preferably be made as far in advance so a replacement instructor for your class may be secured.
21. During the opening and closing meditation, no talking is allowed anywhere in the karate dojo. Crossing of the training floor is also not allowed during this time.
22. Every class ends with Soji. This is the cleaning of the dojo and all students must participate. This is also a part of the training and is not an option. All students must help and do so in a spirited way
23. When lining up in 2 lines to work out with a partner, students should line up as quickly as possible. Always align yourself with the high-ranking students, which are at the East end of the training floor. A student should be chosen to work out with that is approximately the same ability level. The students should not delay in lining up and selecting a partner. If the student is having problems finding a partner, the instructor will assist.
24. Do not break rank for any reason, without asking permission from the instructor. If you must leave your position, do not walk between the instructor and the class. Walk behind the row you are in to either side and proceed from there.
25. When instructed to do a certain technique. Do not deviate from that technique and do your own technique.
26. All directions, by instructor, should be obeyed in the Dojo, without question. You will not be asked to do anything that your instructor has not done him/herself already. If you cannot keep up, do the best you can. If you are unable to do a particular movement due to medical reasons, let your instructor know.
27. When sitting and observing the demonstration of a technique by the instructor, do not lean against the walls. Sit with your legs crossed, not outstretched.
28. When taking a shower one must dry in the area adjacent to the shower. Letting water drip and run all over the changing area should be avoided.
29. Finger and toenails should be trimmed short to prevent cutting your training partner.
30. Gloves and mouthpieces should be worn when practicing waza and kumite. At the end of class before soji, all equipment should be removed from the training floor. Protective groin protectors are highly recommended for males.
Respect to One Another
1. When an instructor or student of higher rank is seen in the karate dojo for the first time, it is appropriate to bow to the instructor and say "Osu!".
2. When a fellow student is seen in the karate dojo for the first time, it is appropriate to bow to the fellow student.
3. Before working out with a partner during training, both students must bow to one another.
4. After finishing working out with a partner, both students must bow to one another.
5. If student 1 accidentally hits student 2, student 2 should not hit student 1 back in retaliation.
6. When working with a partner of disproportional experience, it is not appropriate for the senior student to physically abuse the junior student to the point where permanent injury is inflicted. Intensity of the workout should be at or just above the level of the least experienced student.
7. Arguing is not permitted in the karate dojo at any time.
8. Each student owes his/her help to one another. By helping one another, the IKA becomes stronger as a whole.
9. At times the training floor is crowded with students. It is necessary for the students to be conscious of those training around them in order to avoid injury. It is also common courtesy.
Importance of O-Shoji
O-Shoji is the cleaning of the karate dojo. The purposes of it are not as apparent as it may seem. The physical cleaning of the karate dojo is result of o-shoji, not the reason for it. O-Shoji teaches the student humility and shows the student that no matter what their position in society is, in the karate dojo, all must humble themselves to the task of cleaning. By engaging in the cleaning of the karate dojo, the dojo is not only cleaned but so is the sprit of the student. Through the action of cleaning, the student becomes a better person. It is one of the ways on which karate builds the student's character