Rules of the Dojo


1. It is correct martial art etiquette not to train at other dojo’s unless your club sensei has given agreement.

2. You should address all instructors as Sensei/Sempai (as appropriate) whilst in the dojo.

3. 'Oss' is a sign of respect and is used generally in karate especially in the following situations:-

a) upon receiving any advice or command from an instructor.
b) when bowing at the start and finish of the class.
c) when bowing to your partner during kumite.
d) in any other appropriate situation for instance during gradings or competitions.

4. All students must show appropriate respect to higher grades.

5. If feeling unwell etc, during a lesson then let the sensei/instructor know and appropriate action will be taken. Should it be necessary for planned reasons to leave the class early, then the instructor must for obvious reasons be informed before the commencement of the lesson.

6. Any member arriving late must take up a kneeling position at the back of the dojo and await a signal from the instructor before joining the class.

7. Finger and toe nails must be kept clean and short.

8. Gi's must be kept clean and in good condition.

9. Jewellery (rings, earrings, bracelets, body piercing neck chains etc) should not be worn during training. if you cannot take a ring or earring off etc then tape must be wrapped around or cover the item.

10. Members must not swear, or commit any other act likely to offend the etiquette of the dojo.

11. Members should apply for a licence via the dojo not later than two weeks after being accepted into the dojo. This must be renewed annually.

12. Licences should be handed in one week before the scheduled grading dates

13. Karateka must bow on entering or leaving the dojo.

14 If you have any doubts regarding the dojo rules then please ask the chief instructor for advice.

15 Mobile phones must be switched off or be in silent mode.

Sensei Lacho Nenov, Chief Instructor of IJKA Bulgaria - Teaching at Portchester Karate Club.

Sensei Latchezar Nenov 6th Dan and Chief Instructor of IJKA Bulgaria will be teaching at the Portchester club as follows.

Visitors are welcome, but please contact me first. on

Wednesday evening, 24th July. Castle Primary school, Castle St, Portchester.

18.45 to 19.50. Junior grades.

20.00 to 21.20. Senior grades.

Thursday morning, 25th July. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.

10.15 to 11.30am. This is the regular Thursday morning lesson, relocated to the Community school.

Friday evening, 26th July. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.

18.50 to 19.50. Older childrens class.

20.00 to 21.20. Senior grades.

Saturday afternoon, 27th July. Rengokai Summer course. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.

Arrive and Register 12.00 to 12.20.

Lessons between 12.30 and 15.30. Special additional class for Black and Brown belts. 15.45 to 17.00.

Sunday morning, 28th July. Rengokai Summer course. Community school, White Hart Lane, Portchester.   

Arrive and Register 09.00 to 09.20.

Lessons between 09.30 and 13.00.

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