The etiquette of the dojo begins and ends with respect. AGKK prides itself on adhering to the traditions of Karate-do and the conduct of a student in the dojo must be in strict compliance those traditions. All students regardless of grade are to ensure that their conduct reflects the student creed and code of behaviour. Karate is a positive way of life.
A true karate practioner understands that personal self discipline is the key to your success. By attending training regularly your self-discipline, mental focus/awareness and confidence will continue to improve.
Kata practise will develop your character and kumite teaches you many important life skills, for example, distance and timing. Your ability to focus and react quickly and effectively will also improve.
We should have no intention of harming other people, but we must try to keep out of harm's way.
There should be an emphasis on correct technique and control.
Karate is also a values system that develops a student into being a good and honest member of the community. The Dojo is a place where all the negative aspects of our society , such as vanity, selfishness and laziness, can be purged into humility, truth and courage. In order to reap the benefits of this art, a student must have discipline and spirit. In other words, a student must have the commitment to strive to continually improve.
General opinion among karate practitioners is that if the karateka (practioner of karate) can abide strictly by the maxims of karate – etiquette, effort, sincerity, self–control, patience and character – then there is no reason why he or she should not live their entire lives according to those very same principles and rules.
Karate is practiced in a dojo, which means 'the place of the way' and refers to the place of learning. If dojo rules require students to practise good hygiene, refrain from excessive drinking and smoking, be humble and maintain a high standard of discipline, then these principles will naturally become part of their lives.
By adopting a positive state of mind in your training, progress may be easier. A positive attitude enhances confidence in the ability to perform, and may make it easier to recognize how to deal with or adapt to any situation, be it in a competitive arena or life in general. It is more often the attitude and state of the mind that decides the outcome of any battle. Sound training develops not only the body, but also the power of the mind. A serious student of karate may practice meditation as a means of connecting mind, body and technique.
A well – trained karateka will develop inner power and balance, and learn both benevolence and compassion. The karateka constantly works towards taking the appropriate action in any given situation, and always with courtesy. Devotion and loyalty, truthfulness and sincerity form the very foundation of karate. The great challenge for the individual is to maintain self-control in the face of any event.
One of the key philosophies to observe in Karate training is self control and self discipline.
The training hall and dojo is for the purpose of karate training. As much as possible, the student should be early enough at the dojo to register and spend some time stretching (approximately 15 minutes before the start of class). Arriving later due to work commitments is acceptable.
Students should remove shoes before entering the dojo, and remember to bow before they enter. This serves as an important symbolic gesture of respect to the instructor, to other students, and to past predecessors who have trained in the art of karate before us. Likewise, whenever you leave the dojo, you should remember to bow also.
People who train in the dojo should maintain a good attitude towards other students and the Sensei. They should be careful & considerate in everything they do.
The first students who arrive, should see if the karate floor needs to be cleaned. This whole ritual, not only keeps dirt outside the dojo, but represents the important concept of cleansing, and being ready to receive new knowledge before training.
This is very important, reinforcing the whole pinnacle of Karate: Kara = being empty, and emptying ourselves so we can receive new knowledge, and be clean from any possible misconceptions of ourselves and others around us so that we can take positive steps in our lives and work to perfect aspects of ourselves.
Another very important aspect of karate training in the practicing of etiquette is loyalty shown to the instructor. Willingness to train regularly, to cooperate, and follow the instructions of the instructor are virtues to be remembered and shown towards all people and teachers in life… Remember, the instructor is there to help and guide the student. Likewise, so must the student show dedication and commitment, ultimately, in order to improve oneself.
It is important to all students to know that karate training would not be complete without the practice of etiquette. It helps set rules and policy on how to act in the karate dojo. And even helps students throughout their lives reinforcing important life skills, such as self-discipline and respect to others, which delivers two-fold benefits in return.
You are welcome to inquire about beginning or enhancing your Karate journey either by contacting: Bernie Sensei on 0409 474 494 or by filling out the online booking form.