In order to safely train, all students are asked to follow basic rules to help ensure a safe and friendly dojo.
1. When entering or leaving the dojo, it is proper to bow in the direction of the kamiza. You should also bow when stepping on or off the mat.
2. Remove your shoes right after you enter the dojo. Absolutely no shoes are ever allowed on the mat.
3. Be on time for class. If you arrive late, sit quietly in seiza on the edge of the mat until the instructor grants permission to join practice.
4. If it is necessary for you to leave the mat or dojo for any reason during class, communicate that to the instructor.
5. Avoid sitting on the mat with your back to the picture of O Sensei, do not lean against the walls, and do not sit with your legs stretched out in the direction of O Sensei.
6. Remove watches, rings and other jewelry before practice.
7. Do not coach, or teach others, unless the instructor asks for your help.
8. Please keep your finger and toe nails cut short.
9. Please keep talking during class to a minimum.
10. Carry out the directives of the instructor PROMPTLY. Do not keep the rest of the class waiting for you!
11. Do not engage in rough-housing or needless contests of strength during class.
12. Keep your training uniform clean, in good shape, and free of offensive odors.
13. Please pay your membership dues promptly. If, for any reason, you are unable to pay your dues on time, talk with the person in charge of dues collection. Sometimes special rates are available for those experiencing financial hardship.
14. Do not change your clothes on the mat.
15. Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify your ego. An attitude of receptivity and humility is therefore advised.
16. Preserve common-sense standards of decency and respect at all times.