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Dojo Rules

Basic Rules

  1. Everyone works
  2. Nothing is for free
  3. All start at the bottom

Dojo Etiquette
  1. Dojo means "A Sacred Place" - treat it as such
  2. Do not wear shoes on the dojo training area
  3. No Drugs, cigarettes or alcohol in the dojo
  4. Gis (uniforms) are for training in, no smoking, eating, drinking while in uniform.
  5. Do not enter a class late or leave early without acknowledgment of the highest rank instructor in the class
  6. No swearing or actions or disrespect or breaching of rules
  7. Always train with "true" attitude of Bushido
  8. Never abuse fighting skills, always fight defensively and use these skills to help lower ranks
  9. Dojo etiquette is to be always clean in body and appearance
  10. Bow upon entering or leaving the training area of the dojo
  11. Never walk in front of your seniors
  12. Do not roll up the sleeves of your Gi until you have attained the rank of Black Belt, and then never further than your instructor
  13. When in class do not fold your arms or put your hands on your hips.
  14. Always address you seniors by their proper titles
  15. When placing or removing your belt, students should kneel on their right knee
  16. Students are to line up in order of rank from left (highest rank) to right (lowest rank), standing opposite the instructor (rank is indicated by belt colour and seniority of training time).
  17. Black belts are to line up in order of rank with the highest ranked instructor in the centre, then alternating order of rank with the second highest rank to the right, the third highest rank to the left and so on.
  18. Within the black belt hierarchy, grade (Dan) ranking primarily designates seniority. However, where two black belts are of the same rank, the one with the higher teaching title is considered the higher rank
  19. Higher rank coloured belts should endeavour to set a good example for lower ranked students and be responsible for the behaviour and conduct of lower ranked students
  20. If a student must adjust their Gi (uniform) during training, they must wait until the end of the activity in progress then turn to the back of the class prior to adjusting their Gi or belt.
  21. During training, there should be no idle talking between students
  22. Students and black belts are not permitted to use training equipment without first obtaining permission from the instructor
  23. All students are to participate in any competition in strict accordance with the competition rules and in the spirit of good sportsmanship
  24. During training all students should be aware that the level of intensity of their training is at an appropriate level when partnered up with another student, taking into consideration the other students age, weight & sex
  25. Zen Do Kai tradition encourages that new black belts wear their belts continuously for at least 24 hours after successfully attaining their Sho Dan Ho (probationary 1st Degree) grading.

Code of Conduct

Zen Do Kai Black Belts are required to conduct themselves accordingly:

  1. Carry out the responsibilities of Zen Do Kai Black Belts to the fullest extent of one's abilities, observing higher standards whilst progressing through the teaching levels.
  2. Present Zen Do Kai in a realistic and truthful manner, not misleading people by making exaggerated claims.
  3. Conduct oneself in such a manner as to reflect only the highest standards of Zen Do Kai philosophies, always attempting to teach others, as you would have them teach you.
  4. Discard one's ego and devote oneself to the cultivation and development of Zen Do Kai with firm determination. Be critical of oneself and strive for continuous improvement in one's character and ability, seeking the meaning of Zen Do Kai and exploring it with a constructive mind.

Social Rules and Self Defence

As a martial artist you are bound to ensure that you employ an appropriate degree of self control and discipline. The higher rank you become, the greater the likelihood of inflicting damage on another person. You should consider the implications therein.


All members of Zen Do Kai must pay respect to higher ranks. It must also be remembered that respect starts at the top and works down, so higher ranks remember that if they lose respect for each other, or even worse, not give respect to your students, it will cause a collapse.