Dojo Etiquette

Judo is based on centuries of history, tradition, and custom. The classes are taught blending new and old customs and instructional methods. Traditional customs will be followed where it doesn't adversely affect training. The following rules of etiquette will be followed:

Observe all traditional etiquette in the Dojo.

  • On entering or leaving the Dojo, Judoka should bow towards the mat or Joseki.
  • Zarei or Ritsurei (bows) to be performed towards Joseki and then toward the instructors before class begins and in the reverse order when the class ends.
  • Bows are to be performed between Judoka before and after mutual exercise.
When the instructor comes into the dojo or onto the mat, everyone should stop what they are doing and acknowledge the instructor's arrival with a bow.

When the instructor is already on the mat and a student comes onto the mat, the student should approach the instructor and when appropriate greet the instructor with a bow.

If you arrive late, stand or kneel at the edge of the mat until the instructor acknowledges your presence, then bow onto the mat, approach the instructor, make your apologies to the instructor for being late, and request permission to practice.

Never sit on the mat with your backs to the kamiza (place of honor), nor should you pass between the instructor and kamiza.

Never yell out "Sensei" or beckon for the instructor to come to you. You should go to the instructor and with a bow, request the instructor's assistance.

Once you step into the dojo, clear your mind of all matters but the lessons given and the principles of judo.

When the instructor is demonstrating or talking, it is appropriate to position yourself so that you can see and hear what is being said.

Judoka should demonstrate proper etiquette throughout the training period.

Always obey the instructor's teaching at all times.

Exercise sincerely, enter into the spirit of Budo in accordance with Judo principles, and do not rely on too much strength.

Lower rank Judoka must seek to exercise with higher ranks.

Judoka must remain quiet and attentive, even when not exercising or practicing. Do not engage in idle talk.

Always be courteous in demeanor and helpful to juniors.

Always be earnest and serious, especially in contest. The spirit of fair play, and to obey the Referee's judgment, and to attach more importance to the attitude of the match than the results, is of the greatest importance.

Your partner is not an opponent. Through and with your partner you learn.

When changing partners, acknowledge the partner you are leaving and your new partner with a bow.

Judoka must approach and correct others not abiding by the Dojo rules.

Judoka must contribute to the upkeep and cleanliness of the Dojo.

The senior Judoka is always aware of his partner's ability so as not to injure the partner.

Judoka must always have a clean uniform and proper body hygiene, including trimmed nails and bandages on wounds.

Spectators should always be welcomed. They to should demonstrate respect by remaining quiet and not interrupt the instructor or training.

Before and during training, you should make sure that:

  • your mouth is clean
  • your finger and toe nails are cut
  • your gi is clean
  • your jacket is closed left over right
  • your belt is tied properly
  • your body needs are taken care of
  • long hair is tied up
  • you do not step on the tatami with shoes
  • you have taken care of old injuries
  • you talk as little as possible

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