The Five Principles
- Effort – Putting forth an exertion of strength or power, physically, or mentally.
- Etiquette – The conventional code of good manners which governs behavior in society; professional and business decorum.
- Sincerity – Honesty of mind or intention; truthfulness. Always tell the truth. Say and do exactly what you mean.
- Self-Control – Control over ones own impulses, emotions, and weaknesses. Always do what you have to do. Finish what you begin.
- Character – The total sum of qualities making up an individual; moral excellence, the person that you really are.
Dojo Rules and Etiquette
- Remove shoes and bow before entering the dojo. Bow when leaving the dojo as well.
- Always walk to the rear of a class in session.
- Speak quietly when classes are in session.
- No eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in the studio.
- Refrain from using foul language in or near the studio.
- Always bow to the instructor at the beginning and end of each class.
- Do not disrupt the flow of a class by interrupting the instructor with questions.
- Possession of drugs or alcohol in the studio by students is grounds for immediate dismissal.
- No sparring is allowed in the dojo unless supervised by the chief instructor.
- All beginning students must wear an all-white karate uniform (Gi). When a student reaches purple belt, he or she may wear an all black uniform.
- Control your emotions at all times.