Karate training at CNY Karate follows the traditional Okinawan manner. The following are general rules of etiquette at the dojo.
At the Start of Class
Okinawan culture places great importance on respect for one's teacher and seniority in general.
Students line up in a straight row in order of rank, from right to left. The instructor will then lead students as they recite the student creed. Upon the teacher's command, students kneel together (seiza). After a brief period of quiet meditation (mokusu) to clear the mind, everyone bows to the instructor (rei), or to Sensei (Sensei ni rei).
Please respect your instructor and your fellow students by not talking or asking questions, unless invited to by your instructor.
If your gi or belt needs adjusting, it is polite to wait during a break in training, then turn 180 degrees to adjust.
If you are late for class, wait behind the immediate training area until directed to join the class by your instructor.
End of Class
At the end of class, the instructor will direct students to form a straight line and assume the seiza position. After a few moments of quiet meditation, the instructor will share updates or other dojo-related news. Then, everyone will bow to the front and to the instructor before leaving the training floor.
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