Studio Policy and Etiquette

The Studio requests adherence to the following rules and conduct:


Students should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to commencement of class.

If you are away on business or away on holiday for an extended period, please tell a staff member and we will see if we can help (breaks of less than 2 weeks are generally not included.)

Personal Conduct

As a student of the Studio you must show respect to your fellow students, your Sensei/Instructor, parents and other patrons of the Studio.

Always treat your training partners with respect, without them you cannot progress!

Always treat your instructor with respect, no need to worship or refrain, just simply be polite.

Treat the equipment with the same care as you would your own, this way it will last longer and be in better condition for your use.

As a Studio Student you will be responsible for your actions at all times.

If you are not participating in class, please be considerate of others and not make excess noise, there are comfortable seats available as well as complimentary tea and coffee.  There are also other drinks for purchase.

No food is to be eaten in studio.  Please go outside if you wish to eat.

Student Discipline and Conduct

Students must Bow or make a Salutation each time they step on to the training floor.

Students must begin and end each class with a respectful salutation (the salutation and respect is not for any religious means, it is for the knowledge and understanding being passed on from their Instructors, and to signify that they are in the right mindset for training).

Students under the age of 12 should not be allowed to loiter outside the Studio, if they are awaiting the beginning of a class or for pickup then they will sit on the stadium seats or remain seated/standing near the Dojo floor (not on the floor!).

Students under the age of 12 should not be left here in-between classes or for extended periods, the Studio is not a child minding service.

Unless a student has to grab a training item or a drink bottle, they will not leave and exit the floor on a whim, they will remain on the floor until their class has ended.

If a student is late for a class, they will remain at the edge of the Dojo mats until an Instructor acknowledges them and permits them to join the class.  Never enter a class without permission, it is disrespectful.

At the Studio, we strive to maintain a high level of integrity and service.  As such, we endeavour to do our best to have a ratio of one (1) Instructor (or Assistant Instructor) per 10 students, please allow for the odd occasion in which we do not.  If you feel that this has not been met during a class please see an Instructor or staff member.

The Personal Training Studio will not be used as a play area unless specifically permitted by a staff member.  If this area is left in disarray after use then those responsible will be disciplined.

When addressing an Instructor, you must use an agreed upon title of respect. (for Kenpo Karate it is Sensei, Sir, or Mam, for Spartan it is Sifu, Sir, or Mam.)  When asked a question or to do a task, reply with ‘Yes Sir’ or ‘Yes Sensei’, not ‘Yep’ or ‘Sure’.

The Dojo floor is to be used for Martial Arts instruction, learning and practice only.  If you are early to class and nobody else is using the floor, you may use it for training.  It is not to be used for playing or running around.

Student Uniform Code of Conduct

Students must have a full uniform by the end of their 1st month of membership at the Studio (for Kenpo Karate this is a Black Gi, for Spartan it is a Spartan Shirt and Pants).

If, after their 1st month, a student does not arrive in proper uniform and does not have a reasonable explanation (or is a repeat offender), then that student will not be permitted to return to class until they have their uniform.  This is an academy of learning and thus has a uniform policy, please adhere to it.

A martial arts uniform is worn as a sign of respect for the art and as a symbol of your dedication to personal growth and development, if it is dirty with food stains or has not been properly cared for, you may be asked to leave and clean it before being allowed to continue training.

A Kenpo belt is not to be worn loosely or not at all, it is to be properly tied before you join class and should not have to be re-tied several times each class.

If you do not bring your belt to class then you will not step on the class floor to train.

Footwear – No shoes are required to participate in class. However, if students wish to wear shoes – only approved Martial Arts approved shoes will be accepted.  Shoes can be ordered through the Studio.

Personal Hygiene

Toe and finger nails must be neatly clipped so as to prevent cuts or tears, please follow this rule strictly as many injuries can be prevented.

Long hair should be tied up and away from the face.

All cuts and/or abrasions must be properly covered.

Please bring a towel to wipe off any excess sweat if you are staying for more than one class.

Deodorant or Anti-Perspirant should be worn to class, if you forgot to apply before class then please feel free to use our complimentary deodorants.

Mat/Dojo Rules

Please remember the following rules for Mat/Dojo use.

Before stepping onto the mats/Dojo floor please show your respect and willingness to begin training by making the proper salutation (ask your Instructor if unsure).

When you step onto the Mat/Dojo floor please switch yourself into training mode, if you do not feel like training then do not step onto the floor.

When on the floor, please follow the directions of the Instructor/Trainer so as to prevent the risk of injury to you or other students.

If you use any of the equipment on the floor during a class or training time, please return it neatly to where you found it.

Please do not walk onto Mat/Dojo floor while a class is underway, if you are using the toilet or getting a drink from the fountain, please always walk at the far back of the class.

SPARRING – If you are going to spar with other students in class, you must have all of the protective equipment necessary first.  Please ask an Instructor for more details.

SPARRING – If you are sparring with another person, DO NOT go at 100%. Sparring is designed to teach both sides how to defend and improve their skills and confidence.  Pummelling your opponent does not teach them how to defend themselves properly.  If you show a lack of control in sparring, you will be removed from further sparring sessions.

SPARRING – Sparring is not your chance to stroke your own ego and perform a ‘beat down’ on your sparring partner.  Sparring is a drill designed to improve your and your partners, defensive and offensive sparring capabilities.

Page Last updated Oct 2015

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