Protocol to Follow Regarding The Master (and other high ranking instructors)
1. The Master is always bowed to upon your arrival at the karate dojo with the greeting of "Osu".
2. When the Master is addressed or a question asked, the Master must be bowed to first. Upon acknowledging the bow, you may speak.
3. When the Master issues a command, the acknowledgement of "Osu!" must be returned always. The only other acknowledgement, which is acceptable, is an emphatic "Hai" which means yes. Responses should be quickly and emphatically delivered. Saying nothing or nodding the head is not acceptable.
4. The Master's path and field of vision should not be crossed whenever possible. Whenever your route permits, you should walk behind the Master.
5. When there is no way to walk behind the Master, a bow should be rendered as you pass with an open hand, the back of the hand facing the Master, and the arm extended down at a 45 degree angle. The bow should be continued until you have past the Master's path.
6. When the Master speaks, the entire class must be silent and acknowledge him by saying Osu after he is done. In addition, if the Master is demonstrating a technique, the entire class should be seated.
7. If the Master wishes to use you to help demonstrate a technique, the Master should always be bowed to first.
8. If the Master is teaching class when you cross the training floor, upon stepping foot on the wooden floor, you must face the Master and bow. If the Master is in the actual progress of demonstrating a technique you must wait until he is done before you cross the training floor.
9. When training, if the Master steps foot on the floor for the first time, or makes an entrance into the karate dojo, training should stop, the senior student will then call out "face Soke" (everyone turns to face the Master) "kyosuke" (attention, stand at Musubi dachi), "Soke Ni Rei" everyone should turn facing the Master, and bow and say "Osu!"
10. When walking with the Master or toward the Master, the right of way should be yielded at all times.
11. When training, the location of the Master should be known at all times while you are training in order to avoid accidental collision.
12. If you have an injury, let your instructor know before class. The instructor will then know what your physical limitations are during the class.
13. If you have to leave class early for any reason, let the instructor know before leaving the floor.