In Japanese martial arts the training hall is known as a dojo. When in the dojo the following guidance should be observed.

  • Make sure you have a valid licence before training (there is a two-week grace period for new students).
  • Make sure you are sufficiently hydrated and nourished (it is not permitted to eat or drink in the dojo).
  • Be on time.
  • Clothing (gi or otherwise) should be clean and presentable.
  • Nails (fingers and toes) should be kept short to avoid injuries.
  • Footwear (ideally zoris or flip-flops) must be worn when NOT on the mat.
  • No footwear to be worn on the mat, even when setting out.
  • No alcohol or drugs before training.
  •  No swearing, discriminatory or inappropriate language to be used.
  • Pay attention when being instructed by the sensei (instructor) or senpai (assistant instructors).
  •  Leave your anger and frustrations at the door, there is no place for them on the mat.
  • You can’t train without partners, look after them or they will end up in short supply.
  • Safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you don’t think you can do something safely ask for guidance.
  • If you have any injuries or ailments inform the Sensei before the start of the session.

For more guidance check out the induction guides in downloads.