Etiquette

ETIQUETTE

Most of our etiquette is fairly relaxed, if you're unsure of something then please ask or follow the other students.

  • When entering or leaving the dojo, it is proper etiquette to bow in the direction of O Sensei's picture.
  • You should also bow when entering or leaving the mat.
  • If you arrive late for a class then simply sit on the edge of the mat until the teacher is aware you're there.
  • If you need to leave the lesson for any reason then please let the teacher know.
  • Remove watches, rings and other jewellery before practice as they may catch your hair, skin, or clothing and cause injury to yourself or your partner.
  • Please keep your fingernails (and especially your toenails) clean and cut short.
  • Keep your training uniform clean, pressed, in good condition and free from offensive odours.
  • Please keep talking during class to a minimum. What conversation there is should be restricted to Aikido. It is impolite to talk whilst the instructor is addressing the class.
  • It is usually considered polite to sit in seiza (knelt down) and to bow upon receiving assistance or correction from the teacher.
  • Whoever is teaching is referred to as sensei only whilst they're teaching, if you are speaking to a Japanese teacher on or off the mat then you should always use the term sensei when addressing them.