Bunasawa-kai Dojo Etiquette
Listen to and follow Sensei's and assistants's instructions.
Show respect to each other.
Learn when to bow.
- This means you do a standing bow when you: Enter and leave the dojo (turn and face into the dojo when bowing).
- Step onto and off the mat (face the mat when bowing). Before and after practicing with someone (standing techniques or randori).
- Kneeling bows are for when you: Bow together at the beginning and end of class when we line up.
- Practice newaza (matwork).
- If you are late, make a standing bow at the corner of the mat by the door and step onto the mat. Kneel and wait for Sensei or an assistant to see you. Then make a kneeling bow to each other.
You and your gi:
- Make sure both your body and your gi are clean.
- Keep your toenails and fingernails short. No one wants to be scratched or lose a nail that bent back and tore off because it was too long.
- Patch rips or holes in your gi. Fingers and toes can get caught and injured in them.
- The left lapel goes over the right lapel (for both male and female judoka).
- The belt is tied in a square knot. A properly tied belt hangs 8-12 inches(20-30cm) from the knot.
- White gis are standard. Blue is optional.
- Always Sensei or an assistant before leaving the mat during class (this is so we know that you left).
- Tell Sensei or an assistant if you feel sick or dizzy during class. If you have an injury let him know before class starts.
- If you have braces, wear a mouthguard(Accidents sometimes happen).
- Help set up and put away the mats if asked.
- Go to the restroom before class begins. Don't forget your shoes when you go to the restroom!
- No jewelry or anything made of metal (like support braces with metal inserts).
- No shoes on the mat.
- No gum or food on the mat.
- No drinking water on the mat.
- If there is a water break, you may bow off the mat and sip some water. Don't eat a heavy meal or drink a lot of liquid for at least one hour before class. (If you make a mess you clean it).
- No private conversations while Sensei is instructing.
- No impolite or obscene remarks or gestures will be tolerated.
- No horseplay!
Disciplinary actions for improper behavior (Hopefully not necessary)
In ascending order of severity:
- Verbal or non-verbal reminder (warning).
- Pushups or similar exercise (number to be determined).
- Must take a time out from class participation for a few minutes to reassess proper attitude.
- Must leave the mat area for the rest of the class.
- May need Sensei's permission to re-enter class. (Parents will be notified and must accompany student).
Parents will be notified if problem reaches a certain level and parents will be asked to cooperate in arriving at a solution to the problem.