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Training & Etiquette

These are our basic rules of practice and conduct at Tanren Juku:
  • It is respectful to address the instructor of the class as "Sensei" while on the mat.
  • If the instructor is explaining something to you during practice, do not speak. Listen carefully. Watch closely.
  • If you are late for class, wait at the edge of the mat for the instructor's permission to join class.
  • Setting up the dojo before class, and cleaning it up afterwards, is part of training.
  • Make sure your gi is clean and in good repair before class.
  • Do not wear any jewellery without the instructor's permission.
  • Avoid competition during class.
  • Do not practice if you have a contagious illness of any kind.
  • Avoid talking during practice.
  • Please be aware of your surroundings. It is the responsibility of uke and nage to avoid accidents during practice. This especially applies when the mat is crowded.
  • If you feel ill, or if any injury occurs during class, notify the instructor immediately. Do not resume practice without speaking to the instructor.
  • If you must leave the mat during class, speak to the instructor first.
  • Ensure your hands and feet are clean before class. Keep the mat clean by wearing zori, sandals or slippers rather than walking around in bare feet.
  • Keep your finger and toe nails trimmed.
  • If you must miss class for more than four weeks due to vacation or for any other reason, please notify the Instructor in advance. Your membership will be extended for the period of time that you are absent.
  • When observing class, please remain quiet and non-disruptive out of respect for the instructor and students.
  • If you have any questions about behaviour or general etiquette in the dojo, please do not hesitate to ask a senior student.
A quick word about blood:
  • If a bleeding wound, even a minor one, occurs during training, the person bleeding will immediately stop training and leave the mat until the bleeding stops and the wound is securely covered.
  • If blood is present on the mat, the training partner of the person bleeding will insure that no one inadvertently comes into contact with the blood.
  • Although it is preferable that the person bleeding clean their own blood, cleanup of blood on the mat must begin immediately using latex gloves and a disinfectant provided.
  • Any persons assisting with any blood related activities will wear a pair of latex gloves (which are available in the dojo first aid kit). Hands will be washed with soap and hot water immediately after gloves are removed.
  • If you come into contact with the blood of another, you will immediately stop training, leave the training area and wash the exposed area thoroughly with soap and hot water before returning.
  • Minor bloodstains on the gi should be treated with a disinfectant provided. If there are major blood stains the gi will be removed as soon as possible, placed into a leakproof container and handled carefully until it can be laundered or disposed of.