Hamilton Karate

The way we behave inside (and outside) of the dojang is very important. These rules of Traditional Etiquette are a way in which we can guide you on your journey of self-improvement.

  • Bow when entering or leaving the dojang (by the mats, not the door).
  • Do not wear shoes or hats in the dojang.
  • Do not chew gum or have other candy or food items in your mouth during class.
  • Do not use negative body language in the dojang (standing with your hands on your hips, arms crossed in front of your chest, etc.).
  • Do not use offensive language while in the dojang.
  • Do not interrupt an instructor during class.
  • Do not argue with or show disrespect to other students or instructors.
  • Do not ask to participate in a promotion test. Wait to be asked instead.
  • Answer a higher belt and/or instructor with “yes Sir” or “yes Ma’am” as appropriate.
  • Quickly line up in order as soon as the instructor calls for it and acknowledge them appropriately.
  • Be still and quiet when an instructor is speaking.
  • Turn to the back of the dojang if you need to adjust your uniform or belt and bow before and after you turn.
  • Complete uniforms are preferred in class, but if you want to wear a t-shirt it must be tucked in to your pants and your belt tied properly.
  • Do not wear your uniform outside of class.
  • Do not wear a dirty uniform to class.
  • Do not wear jewelry during class. Wedding rings are acceptable.
  • When being addressed by an instructor, answer them loudly and appropriately.
  • Do not speak during class unless being addressed by a higher ranking student or instructor.
  • If you are late, you must stand at attention in the back until the instructor invites you to join in so you do not disrupt the class.
  • If you forget your belt, you must ask special permission from the instructor to join, but your place will be in the back of the class regardless of your rank.
  • Do not spar without instruction or permission from an instructor to do so.
  • You must always wear appropriate sparring gear every time you spar.
  • Do not ever come to class or be seen by an instructor while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Do your best, and have fun!