Japan Karate Shoto- Renmei Association

 New Zealand


JKS-Christchurch Karate Club

The 20 Dojo Rules

The 20 dojo rules you must follow are:


1.       Karate begins with Rei (respect) and ends with Rei


2.       Bow correctly on entering and leaving the dojo.


3.       You must say “OSU” when entering and leaving the dojo, as you bow


4.       The instructor must always be called and addressed as “Sensei” in the dojo.


5.      “OSU” must be used as a means of acknowledgement at all times. The ‘Osu’ (pronounced oos) is a general answer and also a sign of respect, understanding, listening and commitment to the information.


6.       Say ''Osu'' as a below :


7.       Upon receiving any advice or command from an instructor


8.       When bowing at the start or finish of a lesson


9.       When bowing to a partner before kumite (sparring) or start and end of Kata


10.   When an instructor enters the dojo.


11.   Students who arrive late must warm up then wait in “seiza” (sitting) until the instructor allows them to join the class.


12.   No one should leave once a lesson has begun without the permission of the instructor.


13.   Any member arriving late should kneel at the door or dojo tatami floor, raise their hand and wait for permission to join the class from the instructor. On receiving permission the student should bow and join the class.


14.   If students wish to leave the class early they must inform the instructor before training starts.


15.   Students must be respectful to fellow students and the Sensei at all times. If a student wishes to address a senior grade, they must use the term Sempai (senior).


16.   Personal hygiene is important. Students should make sure they are clean in all respect and have a clean ironed Gi


17.   Finger and toenails should be kept clean and reasonably short.


18.   No jewellery should be worn whilst training. Any that cannot be removed should be covered either by tape or plaster.


19.   Members should not smoke, swear, chew, spit or commit any other act, which may offend other students and instructors.


20.   One should avoid using one’s skills outside the dojo where possible. Look at dojo kun


At first this may feel awkward, but in the dojo it is normal and expected., at any dojo in the world. Pratcise at home and these will become second nature in time.

And don’t forget: The real secret of success is enthusiasm!