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Simply Isshinryu Karate Dojo Rules

  • The Dojo is the training facility that is used by students to study the Martial Arts. Students must remain quiet and attentive in the Dojo, even when not exercising or practicing. Students must not engage in idle chatter while in the Dojo, especially during a class.
  • All students must bow before entering and leaving the dojo.
  • All students must sign the attendance book or check in before entering the dojo.
  • All students must refrain from horse-play on the dojo floor.
  • During formal classes, no one will leave the workout area without the permission of the instructor/Black Belt. If you leave the dojo floor, you must get bowed back in by the instructor/Black Belt.
  • All students must have their uniforms (Gi) washed weekly.
  • Gi's with patches are required upon testing for all belt ranks.
  • Personal Hygiene must be maintained.
  • Students should never ask their Instructor/Black Belt/Sensei to spar (kumite).
  • No form of jewelry is to be worn during class.
  • All guests should be introduced to the head Instructors/Black Belt/Sensei.
  • Never ask for promotions.
  • All kyus are required to keep a karate notebook, which they will use from time to time to take notes.
  • Any student arriving late for class is required to do push-ups, and then wait to be bowed in by the highest ranking Black Belt.
  • Any student found guilty of unreasonable conduct inside or outside the dojo (i.e. showing off, intimidating others, unauthorized teaching, or abusing the art in any way) may be asked to leave by a Black Belt instructor.
  • Students are to report any physical problems/injuries before class. If a student is injured during class, report that to a Black Belt instructor.
  • Students must not chew gum or candy during class.
  • Arrive early enough to get into your Gi and be ready when the class or event is called to order.
  • Respect all senior grades, and address Black Belts as Mister, Miss, or Misses. Sir and Ma'am are required.
  • Black belts that are certified instructors will be addressed as Sensei.
  • Students must be obedient and attentive to the instructors at all times.
  • Students must not idly sit or lie on the dojo floor.
  • Students must always be helpful and courteous to lower ranks.
  • All students share in the responsibility of keeping the Dojo safe and clean.
  • Students must not practice any technique that has not been formally introduced to them by a qualified instructor.
  • Students may not engage in kumite (sparring) or randori (free play) without being under the direct supervision of a Black Belt in that respective art.
  • Students must remember that the teachings are safe as long as one keeps in mind the dangers and harm that can come from these teachings if not controlled.
  • Students must refrain from casting views on other arts with which they are not familiar.
  • All martial arts have the same basic aim within their teachings: To cultivate the individual's mind, embody his mental culture, and above all, to perfect his character.
  • Students must notify an instructor/Black Belt if they see others not abiding by the Dojo rules.
  • Anyone who violates these rules will be asked to leave or subject to other disciplinary action as directed by one of the chief instructors.

The Codes of Isshinryu

  • A person's heart is the same as heaven and earth.
  • The blood circulating is similar to the moon and sun.
  • The manner of drinking and spitting is neither hard nor soft.
  • A person's unbalance is the same as a weight.
  • The body should be able to change direction at any time.
  • The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself.
  • The eye must see in all directions.
  • The ear must listen in all directions.

Creed Of Karate

I come to you with only karate, empty hands.
I have no weapons, but should I be forced
to defend myself, my honor, or my principals,
Should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong,
                Then here are my weapons,
                                            My empty hands.