Etiquettes - Etika Aikido
If late for training, kneel at the side of the class towards
the back, SEIZA ( formal kneeling position). Meditate and
calm yourself for a moment, then do warming-up exercises.
NOT TO BE LATE.
not remove any part of your GI (uniform) without being told
to do so.
Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum during training the Dojo.
Do them before the training session begins.
Do not leave the class for any reason, without asking permission
from the instructor. If you must leave your position, do not
walk between the instructor and the class. Walk behind the
row you are in to either side and proceed from there.
Always address the instructor by their proper title ( SENSEI,
SHIHAN ) inside the Dojo. Bow when called and bow again afterwards
Your training should be a serious matter. Do not cause disruption
during class. You should always stand in KAMAI TACHI (stable
stance) during training. NOTE: It is considered bad manners
to fold your arms on your chest or put your hands on your
Turn to your right, way from the front of the class or your
partner, when readjusting your GI.
Your GI must be neat and washed clean at all times. Your belt
should NEVER be washed, only aired dry. It symbolically contains
the spirit of your hard training.
All directions, by instructor, should be obeyed in the Dojo,
without question. You will not be asked to do anything that
your instructor has not done him/herself already. If you cannot
keep up, do the best you can. DON'T GIVE UP.
Don't wear jewellery or watches during training.
Keep fingernails and toenails short and clean.
Avoid eating large meals at least one hour before training.
It is everyones responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean,
tidy and safe at all times.
Make sure your fees are paid on time. It is considered bad
form to have to be asked by the instructor for payment.
when visiting other Dojos.
visiting other Dojos, inform your instructor and seek his permission.
When visiting other Dojos, you represent your Instructor, your
Dojo and your style, therefore your Instructor will want to
make sure that you are aware of proper protocol and etiquette.
the rules that apply in your Dojo also apply to the Dojo you
As soon as you enter the Dojo, seek the Instructor, bow and
yourself in the manner similar to the following example: "My
name is . . . I am from . . Dojo & my instructor is ....
I would like to do some extra training and I have my instructors
permission to do so here. Do you accept visitors?"
When the Instructor replies enjoy your training there.
etiquette and conduct outside the Dojo.
As members of the Dojo, we have certain responsibilities. It
is our duty to try hard not to do anything that may bring embarrassment,
shame or dishonour to our instructor, dojo and art. Hence the
Do not quarrel about the definitions of Aikido with anyone,
Aikido is vast and has many application. No opinion is 100%
Resist the temptation to demonstrate your newly acquired skills
to everyone in public places, except in a properly organised
Avoid walking down the street dressed in full Do-Gi, although
it is acceptable to wear Gi pants with a T-Shirt etc. in the
car to and from training.
If you are witnessing another Martial Arts display,avoid passing
derogatory comments, no matter how "unusual" or "different"
it may appear to you. All Martial Arts have something positive
to offer and we must show our respect.
The techniques you are being taught can be dangerous, therefore
be careful not to hurt your family, friends or yourself if training
elsewhere (way from the Dojo).
Aikido should only be used as a last resort in legitimate self
defense when all else has failed.