Dojo Etiquette


The following are the rules of Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate, and all participants must be familiar with and obey these rules for the safety of everyone and respect to the organization.

  1. Students must face in and bow upon entering and leaving the dojo (workout room or gym) every time.
  2. Students must adopt a serious attitude at all times during class.
  3. When spoken to by a black-belt or senior students, students must reply with “oohsh”. This means: yes, okay, I understand, etc.
  4. Black-belts must be addressed as SENSEI (black-belt instructor), while an assistant instructor/senior student is SEMPAI.
  5. Students must ask permission of the Sensei before leaving the dojo for whatever the reason.
  6. Sensei’s word is the law in the dojo and must be obeyed.
  7. Do not criticize other karateka (karate students)
  8. Profanity and loud talking is not permitted any time during practice
  9. Chewing of gum, eating candy or any other food is not allowed. Jewelry of any kind including watches and earrings are strictly prohibited. This is for the safety of everyone.
  10. Students should practice good hygiene, i.e. clean GI (uniform), and clean, short finger and toe nails. Remember that this is a contact sport.
  11. Students will neither provoke violence, nor allow themselves to be provoked, on pain of immediate expulsion from Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate.
  12. Students shall endeavour to arrive on time. If circumstances lead to a late arrival, the student shall await conclusion of the ceremonial start of the class before entering the dojo.