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Dojo Etiquette and Rules

These are the Genbukai NZ Dojo Etiquette and Rules and will ensure everyone acts and is treated fairly and with respect, understands the discipline and history involved in our karate and sets a great example to themselves and other students at all times.
Please make sure you all read and understand. 

1. All payments for training to be made in full direct to club account prior to first lesson each term.
2. There will be 2 Gradings each year - 1 at the end of June and 1 at the beginning of Dec.
3. You must have completed the relevant number of lesson to be eligible. There will be no other gradings outside of this.
4. All grading payments must be made prior to gradings.
5. These will also be the times for weapons gradings, so students may be attempting 2 gradings in a day if ready and eligible.
6. All students are expected to attend lessons as regularly as possible.

Prior to training
1. Be on time for class.
2. Always bow before entering and leaving the class through the main door.
3. Always have a clean smart Gi with belt correctly fastened and level.
4. Never wear any jewellery, any earrings to be taped up and long hair tied up.
5. Ensure hands and feet are clean and that finger and toenails are kept short.
6. No chewing gum.
7. If you are late, wait at the door for an Instructor to acknowledge you.

During training
1. Always be respectful and listen to your Instructor no matter who is teaching you. These people have trained hard to learn and pass on their knowledge and give up their time for free to assist.
2. When called to line up, always respond by saying “HAI” in a loud voice and then quickly line up by rank.
3. When called upon in class, always respond with loud “HAI” and then bow to the instructor, before and after the demonstration.
4. Never argue or make excuses for mistakes - we are all at training to learn.
5. When straightening your gi, always turn around and face the back of the class.
6. When called into Kimae, always Kiah loudly.
7. Always focus on what you are doing. Show visible interest and alertness (especially do not yawn in front of an instructor).
8. When the instructor yells “YAME”, that means that you/and your partner STOP immediately.
9. Bow to your training Partner before and after any pair work.
10. Do not talk or be disruptive when your instructor is teaching.
11. Always ask permission from an Instructor if you need to leave the dojo whilst lessons are in progress.  
12. Never contradict your Sempai in front of others. Ask questions but do not argue. If necessary, speak individually at the end of lessons
13. Show respect to all other students
14. Parents please sit at towards the back of hall to ensure students do not get distracted.