SUPPLEMENTAL BEGINNERS' ETIQUETTE
1.All kyu grades must wear all white karate uniforms. Black belts are allowed to wear colored uniforms. Only appropriate and approved patches are allowed to be worn on uniforms. Pant legs should be hemmed. Uniforms are required prior to testing. Once a uniform is purchased, the student is expected to train in full uniform every class from then on (up until that time , students should dress comfortably in sweat suits; no short-shorts please). If a shirt must be worn underneath, it should be plain white without markings. Women may wear body suits (preferably plain white or tan) under their uniform. Rank colored T-shirts (plain) are also acceptable.
2.Arrive early, dress out and then begin to stretch on your own. Be ready to start class on time.
3.When AMS black belts (dan grades) enter the Dojo, the first person who see them should command, "Chariot", loudly and authoritatively. Everyone should assume a ready stance facing the dan(s). The dan(s) will enter the room and come to attention when they are ready to be recognized. The highest ranking student under black belt is responsible for saying, "Sabumnim, Kying Nay". Everyone bows and then immediately returns to what they were doing. Use common sense! If a dan walks in the room with their arms full, allow them time to put their belongings down. If the class is in the middle of a Kata, wait until the kata is finished first. This bowing rule/procedure applies all the time.
4.Lower ranks shall not ask a senior rank to spar, be their uke (partner who takes the throws) or ask them to be the recipient of any technique delivery. Never put a senior grade on the defensive in any way, to any degree; because you may not be able to cope with their response. As Mr. Jones puts it, "live as if there was a sword ready to cut your head off; in other words don't do anything that would put you in a position for getting your ass kicked" (inside or outside of the dojo.)
5.Always bow before speaking to another martial artist, whether higher or lower rank. It is customary for the initiator of the conversation to initiate the bow. When executing technique, it is not necessary to come out of stance to ask a question; a head nod with either, "excuse me ..." or a "thank you" is sufficient.
6.Refer to all senior grades as Mr. _____ or Ms. _____. Do not use their first names. Instructors may be addressed as "Sabumnim" or "Sensei". "Sir" or "Ma'am" are also appropriate terms in the classroom.
7.Do not fidget during meditation. Breathe, relax, and concentrate.
8.Remember, no one is perfect. Avoid a "know-it-all" attitude; go into class with the attitude that you're going to learn something.
9.Try not to laugh at new techniques or customs. Maintain a serious attitude.
10.Do not talk between drills. Always maintain good stance and posture while the instructor is talking; do not relax hands or posture unless told to do so. Do not waste precious training time; when commands are given, immediately respond. When "kooman" or "Matte" is called come to ready stance and straighten lines. Always turn to your left, away from flags, black belts, senior grades to fix/straighten your uniform. When sitting during class, never lean on the walls. Maintain your own posture and practice self-discipline.
11.Do not compete with or try to out do classmates. Concentrate on your own technique and skills level.
12.When corrected, don't reply "Yea, I know" or "That's what I did". Simply reply "Yes, Sir (ma'am)" or "Thank you". Be gracious!