Dojo & Tatami Etiquette

It is important that each student shows the proper respect for the Dojo, the Tatami and the Senseis. With this in mind the students are expected to follow some simple guidelines.

Before and after practicing Judo or engaging in a match, opponents bow to each other. Bowing is an expression of gratitude and respect. In effect, you are thanking your opponent for giving you the opportunity to improve your technique.

 Kano Jigoro

All students will:

  • Arrive in good time for the Lesson.
  • Ensure that all nails are kept short and any long hair is tied back.
  • Remove all jewellery before commencing training. (Wedding rings are the only exception but these must be taped).
  • Ensure Mobile phones are turned off before entering the Dojo (Unless under special circumstances and agreed with Sensei prior to the lesson commences.)
  • Remove all shoes before stepping on to the tatami.
  • Inform Sensei of any injuries / conditions which may affect your training ability.
  • Rei when entering and leaving the Dojo. (Always facing into the Dojo).
  • Rei when stepping on and off the Tatami. (Always facing into the Tatami).
  • Refer to a Dan grade by the respective title Sensei followed by their given name.
  • Rei to a Dan grade after being shown a Technique (Waza) on a one to one basis.
  • Rei to a Dan grade after practicing a Technique (Waza) with a Dan grade.

As a parent, you can observe and ask our club officials about the etiquette standards expected and displayed at Andover Judo Club. You can then help your child learn what is expected of them and how they can live up to the expectations. This makes the job of the instructors easier and also engages you as the parent in the establishing of ettiquette standards in your child.

This general increase in etiquette beyond the the class is one of the benefits of Judo, becoming a positive part of your child’s character; giving them an advantage in later life.