New to Karate & Fitness?
Congratulations for taking the step towards new, fun and exciting fitness.
Here a few steps to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable experience for all students, as well as in keeping with Karate tradition.
Please remove your shoes upon entering the dojo workout floor (place on shoe racks).
Hang up your jackets in the designated areas.
Please be scent free.
Sign in at the desk before entering.
Wear a clean uniform.
Keep fingernails and toenails trimmed short for safety reasons.
Always show courtesy to all individuals and the dojo.
Try to arrive a few minutes early for all Karate classes. For all Karate-kas (Karate students), proper Karate etiquette is to bow upon and entering the dojo floor, when you see your instructor or other black belts. You are to bow with your hands at your side.
If yourself or your child(ren) are attending Karate classes, please sit on the blue mats (at the side of the studio, near the change rooms) in seiza (kneel down) or cross-legged quietly. Please be respectful of the ongoing class, allow them to bow out and wait for instruction from the Sensei (chief instructor) before entering the workout floor. It is Karate tradition to have your gi (uniform) and belt properly on and clean.
Once your class has been called to the floor, the Sensei may lead you right into a dynamic warm up or he/she may call "Shugo" which means all students are to promptly line up in their respective ranks, standing tall at attention. This signals the formal beginning of class and respective bow-ins to: the front of the room, Sensei, senior instructors & black belts and to each other. When bowing at the beginning of class, all students will say "one-gai-shi-masu" meaning "please teach me."
At the end of your Karate class, Shugo will be once again called in order to draw the class formally closed. Each time one bows at the end of class, you will say "ari-gato-gozai-masu" meaning "thank you for teaching me."