The following code of conduct shall be adhered to by everyone at all times. These guidelines were established not only to ensure a serious and safe workout environment, but also to create an atmosphere that would promote personal learning and growth.
Respect your Dojo.
Always bow eyes-up whenever entering and leaving the Dojo.
No chewing gum, food or beverages in the Dojo.
No free fighting (sparring) without permission.
Conduct yourself seriously during classes - no joking or horseplay.
Always bow eyes-up when addressing your fellow classmates.
Keep your fingernails and toenails clipped short.
Maintain proper hygiene - no bad breath or body odor.
No jewelry (rings, watches, earrings, etc.) allowed in class.
Do not enter the Dojo after class has started. Wait at attention by the door until the instructor recognizes you and invites you in by bowing to you.
If you're late, assume the last position in the lineup/warm-ups.
Always maintain control during kumite. You should never strike a fellow student.
Poor attitude will not be tolerated. Overly aggressive behavior will not be allowed.
No consumption of alcohol or other stimulants before class.
The proper uniform (black gi) must be worn in class at all times.
Your uniform should be clean, neat and orderly.
Whenever wearing your gi you shall conduct yourself as you would during class.
It is considered disrespectful to allow your belt to touch the ground.
Always try your best. Perform movements as if against an opponent at all times.
If you're sick or injured, inform Sensei before the start of class. If you become sick or injured during class, inform Sensei immediately.
Exhibit the utmost respect for Sensei.
Remain quiet and attentive when Sensei speaks.
Always bow eyes-down before and after addressing Sensei.
Never walk away with your back towards Sensei.
Always hurry to lineup before and after class. Sensei's time is very valuable.
Ask permission before leaving the Dojo while class is in session.
NATIONAL DOJO KUN
I shall conduct myself in a manner which will reflect credit upon myself and society.
I shall be loyal to my school and to the art it teaches.
I shall be honest and exercise integrity with the purpose of developing cooperation and trust with my fellow karate-ka and my teachers.
I shall exercise restraint in the use of my karate knowledge, employing it only in fair competition or in defense of my life, my family, or my country.
- Grandmaster of Karate
Robert A. Trias