It is proper etiquette to remove your shoes immediately upon arrival in the front lobby. Carry them to their appropriate storage area and place them neatly. If you have an outer coat, likewise, hang it neatly in the change room.

If on arrival you meet fellow students and instructors, smile and greet them pleasantly. Do not wait for them to greet you first. Carry yourself in a dignified and quiet manner while you change into your practice uniform, dispose of any gum, drinks or snacks and otherwise get ready for class.

Check that your uniform is clean and presentable with no tears or rips. The Blood and Body Fluid Policy of the dojo requires that your uniform have no blood on it. Also check your body, especially hands and feet for blood. Any scratches must be appropriately covered with a band-aid or bandage.

When ready to enter the training area, bow in. It is mandatory that students be on time for classes. Lateness is not acceptable. However, if an unexpected delay occurs on the way to the dojo, it is best to still show up and quietly get ready as quickly as possible. Wait in seiza (kneeling position) at the doorway to the dojo until the instructor allows you in and be prepared to explain the delay after class is over.

During class there is no unnecessary talking, only your utmost undivided attention to the lesson.

Work hard and push yourself to do your best. However if for any reason you should feel unwell in the class, immediately raise your hand and let your instructor know. You may be excused from class but never leave without the permission of the instructor because of the possibility that you may need assistance.

Your instructors will monitor your progress in class. When you are ready, they will recommend you test for your next belt level. Do not be impatient and raise the issue yourself. Those that ask for their belts might wait much longer than the students that focus on improving their art. The belt is only an outward symbol of the hard work and diligence that brought progress in technique, skill and knowledge. The belt itself is meaningless. It is the sweat and effort and proper attitude that counts.

It is important that students attend all their scheduled classes. Sporadic attendance not only slows the progress of the student but also holds back the rest of the class when the instructor is forced to teach previously covered material just to catch up that student. If it happens too often, the student can expect to be left behind while the rest of the class progresses.

There are many extra curricular events that happen throughout the year at The Martial Arts Center that students are encouraged to attend. These include such things as fund-raising events for the Martial Arts Scholarship Fund, demonstrations, picnics and award dinners. Some are for adult students only , some are specifically for the younger students and some are for all students and their family members. These events promote dojo spirit and cohesiveness and also help individual students to better their karate skills and develop their karate spirit in a public setting.

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