Dojo etiquette

Dojo etiquette

Before the training

  • Take off your jewelry (chain, watch, earrings, piercings, rings etc) to prevent injuries. Earrings can also be covered with tape.
  • The gi (suit for martial art) has to be clean and complete.
  • Long hair has to be tied up with a hair band.
  • Be on time for the training
  • Wear flip flops or sandals when you walk to and off the mat. This is for hygienic reasons.
  • Cut your fingernails and toenails before the training. This is also to prevent injuries.
  • Training with a clean body (hands and feet)
  • Do not drink alcohol or food with a strong smell before the training.
  • Before you walk on or off the mat you will greet the fellow sporters at the border of the mat with an standing salute (Ritsu Rei).

During the training/class

  • To improve the progress of the training it is desirable not to discuss irrelevant topics during the training.
  • If you change partners you will greet each other before and after the exercise.
  • If you want to leave the mat let the instructor/Sensei know
  • Always try to be focused during the training. With your attention on the training.
  • Do not drink or eat on the mat.
  • Always respect your partner uke/aite) and always try to prevent injuries on each other.
  • Spectators can watch the training but they can not disturb the activities on the mat