Dojo Rules

These are the basic rules for any person taking. For example; bowing or wearing a gi, are a link to the tradition of martial arts, while others are designed for students safety in and out of the dojo. There is a list of ‘rules’ printed in your members guide book and at the entrance of the dojo every session. All students are required to read these rules and sign in the appropriate place after reading and understanding of  these rules and are prepared to abide by them at all times. All parents of students under 12 years are required to sign on their behalf.

Basic Etiquette

We teach a number of Japanese martial arts and although we don’t use many Japanese phrases, other clubs do follow some of the practices associated with the Japanese arts.

We do Bow:

To our training partner before and after performing a technique
When leaving and entering the dojo (school)
When stepping on and off the mat.
To an instructor after receiving instruction or asking a question

Some people have the misguided interpretation of the ‘bow’. Please note: we are not paying homage to foreign gods or honoring a past master. Some clubs, instructors or styles may bow to a ‘photo of a master’ before training commences but that is their choice. Regardless of how it originated, or its significance to other clubs and cultures.

We use it as a simple mark of respect – nothing more, nothing less.

The Tatami

The tatami is the training mat area, in ancient times it was made of straw; to day we use various foam filled mats. They exist for the student’s protection and should be treated with ‘respect’ – no outside shoes to be worn, no drinking or eating on them and problems such as sharp or foreign objects found on the mats should be reported to the instructor immediately – Only leave or step on to the mat when you have been given permission to do so by the instructor.


A traditional uniform (gi) this is based on the old 16th century Okinowan peasant attire and therefore must be worn for training in our programs. There are a few exceptions to this rule they are:

New students who have yet to buy a uniform
At the instructor’s discretion on ‘hot’ days.
We also have ‘none gi training day’ in which your instructor will request you to training in (old) casual clothing.

Your graded belts must be worn at all times.

If you have lost or forgotten your current graded belt or are not wearing your correct Gi you are then considered ranked as a ‘novice’ and must wear a novice belt and take your place accordingly on the mat.


No eating in the dojo, drinking is allowed at the instructor’s discretion, but never on the mat.


Talking is permitted but, talking while the instructor is giving instruction is not, neither is shouting or waving your arms to attract attention – it is rude, be respectful at all times within and outside of the dojo. Your training is not restricted to the dojo.

Arriving Late

Every effort should be made to arrive at class on time. If however you arrive late, you must apologise to your instructor and await permission to join the class on the mat.


Keep all weapons MUST be covered while travelling to and from class – these weapons are illegal outside the dojo and if challenged by the police you may end up having them confiscated or fined if charged with possession!

Lining Up On The Mat

This etiquette will be different from club to club, but all our programs require students to line up left to right in ascending grade order. The highest grade on the left, next highest on their right, and so on and so forth. The only exception to this rule is when all students are not wearing a full gi, on hot days at the discretion of the instructor.

Personal Hygiene

It is very important that you practice high standards of personal hygiene. Your finger and toenails should be kept short to prevent injuries to yourself and your training partner. Uniforms (gis) and any sparring pads should be regularly washed. Gi’s should also be pressed and or ironed. All items of jewellery, watches, earrings, necklaces, etc. should be removed before commencing training. Finger rings which are hard to remove should be covered with tape.

Equal Opportunities Respect

All students will respect the rights of all other students while seeking to develop their potential on our program and at Budo Kan Australia Pty Ltd and within the martial arts community.

Each person will be treated equally regardless of sex, disability, age, ethnic origin or religion.