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Dojo Rules

Dojo Guidelines & Student Agreement

The dojo is a place of learning, a school and a home. It’s really important to us that all students and guests respect the space and understand the tradition, etiquette and expectations in place.

As a Foundation student you are expected to:

  • Show respect by bowing to each other when training.
  • Be loyal and give your friends a second chance.
  • Be friendly and particularly welcoming to new members.
  • Be supportive and committed to other students, offering comfort when required.
  • Keep yourself safe and report inappropriate behaviour or risky situations.
  • Play fairly, be trustworthy, respect instructors and accept decisions.
  • Show appropriate loyalty, be gracious in defeat and respect your opponents.
  • Not to cheat or be violent and aggressive. Make the dojo a fun place to be.
  • Behave and listen to all instructions from instructors.
  • Take care of equipment owned by the club.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, sex, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
  • Refrain from the use of bad language or racial/sectarian references. This includes bullying using new technology.
  • Not get involved in inappropriate peer pressure and push others into something they do not want to do.
  • Refrain from bullying or use of rough and dangerous play.

The Dojo

  • All students should bow (facing the dojo) when entering and leaving the dojo.
  • Students must wear shoes if leaving the dojo for toilet or water breaks.
  • There are no shoes permitted on the mats at any time.
  • Families and siblings are always welcome in the dojo but should not disturb the lesson or distract students in any way.
  • Only students taking part in the class are allowed on the mats.
  • The only drink permitted in the dojo is water, no fizzy or sugary drinks please.
  • No sweets, crisps or fast food allowed in the dojo.
  • No food or drinks of any kind are allowed on or near the mats.


  • All Adult and Junior students (Age 7+) are expected to wear a black gi (uniform) for training. Does not apply to new starters, see classes for details.
  • All uniforms should be cleaned regularly between classes.

Personal Hygiene & Illness

  • All students with long hair must have it tied back securely.
  • Fingernail and toenails should be clean and short.
  • All earrings and jewellery should be removed before the start of the class.
  • Any student feeling unwell should not train.
  • Any student recovering from illness should wait a minimum of 48 hours before returning to class.