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Dojo Etiquette

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Proper observance of etiquette is as much a part of your training as is learning the techniques. Like every other Karate Dojo we also have some basic rules of how to behave in (and around) the Dojo.

1. When entering or leaving the dojo, it is proper to bow in the direction of the Dojo.
2. Traditionally the Coach would be addressed as Sensei. In the GGKC we are allowed to call the Instructors by their Name.
3. No shoes or Socks are allowed in the Dojo, unless instructed by the Instructor.
4. Be on time for class. If you do happen to arrive late, enter the Dojo quietly, bow and sit down until the instructor grants permission to join practice.
5. If you should have to leave the dojo for any reason during class, approach the instructor and ask permission.
6. Remove watches, rings and other jewelry before practice.
7. Do not bring food or gum with you into the dojo, however we allow drinks as it can get warm during exercise.
8. Please keep your finger and toe nails cut short.
9. Please keep talking during class to a minimum. What conversation there is should be restricted to one topic -- Karate.
10. Carry out the directives of the instructor PROMPTLY. Do not keep the rest of the class waiting for you!
11. Do not engage in rough-housing or needless contests of strength during class.
12. Keep your training uniform clean, in good shape, and free of offensive odors.
15. Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify your ego. An attitude of receptivity and humility (though not obsequiousness) is therefore advised.
16. Preserve common-sense standards of decency and respect at all times.