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.

On-Line Club Lessons

During the Covid - 19 period of club closures. Online zoom lessons are been provided by various clubs. Between the clubs these lessons are being provided on each weekday evening. In addition there are morning lessons on Thursday and Saturday mornings.

To meet instructor insurance requirements these lessons are only available to students holding a valid licence.

If you are a rengokai member or someone wishing to join the lessons, then please email me on for joining information.

The clubs providing these online lessons, with telephone and email addresses are as follows:

Bognor Regis. Sensei Glen  on 07720 275 814 or email: .

Crookhorn. Sensei Craig on 07850 979100 or Andy on 07966 482 877 or email:

Eastleigh Southampton Fair Oak. Sensei Merv on 07713 284 430 or email:

Locksheath. Sensei Nicky on 07966 202656 or email

Portchester. Sensei Merv on 07713 284 430 or email:

Waterlooville. Sensei Craig on 07850 979100 or Andy on 07966 482 877 or email:

In addition the Bognor Regis club provides lessons in Kobujutsu.

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