Japan Karate Association  Marlow
Dojo Etiquette
  •  Rei (Bow): always Rei when entering / exiting the Dojo for any reason and when you greet Sensei for the first time or ask for help / feedback 
  •  Sensei (Instructor): refer to your instructors as Sensei or Sempai in the Dojo. When a senior instructor visits always address them accordingly; even outside the Dojo. Never address them by their name only as this is disrespectful.
  •  Seiza (Kneel): if you arrive late to class, you must Seiza (kneel) at the entrance of the Dojo and wait until Sensei asks you to join in
  •  Osu (Acknowledgement): is the proper greeting between Karate-ka (you and your fellow students) and is also the appropriate response to any enquiry that is understood or if you are given feedback of any kind. If you do not understand something, feel free to raise your hand and ask for clarification. Do not talk during class & respect others at all times.
  •  Dogi (Uniform): your Dogi must be kept clean and tidy. Females are required to wear white tops or tank tops under their uniform. No shoes, socks, jewellery, watches, bracelets, earrings etc are to be worn during training as they may cause injury to you or your fellow karate-ka. Hair is to be tied back from the face.
Dojo Kun
[Hitotsu] Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto!
Seek Perfection of Character

[Hitotsu] Makoto no michi o mamoru koto!
Be Sincere

[Hitotsu] Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto!
Put Maximum Effort into Everything You Do

[Hitotsu] Reigi o omonzuru koto!
Respect Others

[Hitotsu] Kekki no yuu o imashimuru koto!
Develop Self-Control

Grading Levels

First Time at Karate?

  •     Your first THREE lessons are FREE! 
  •      New students are welcome to join the club at anytime.
  •       Please arrive 15 minutes or so before the start of classes so that your details can be taken.  
  •       Appropriate clothing for your first few lessons: Tracksuit bottoms and a T-Shirt. We train  with bare  feet.   
  •      You must be 7 years + to join 
  •      Tell the Instructor before you train of any injuries or disabilities. In most cases this will not preclude  you from training 
  •       Lessons are paid for on a School Full Term basis. 
  •       Check the start times of classes by going to our contact page
  •       Despite the fact we are open all year long, due to unforeseen circumstances i.e. previous/alternative        hall hirings, personal commitments etc, training may be cancelled.  Advance notice will be given where possible.
Gradings will generally take place every 3 to 4 months and it is up to the discretion of the Instructor whether you are ready to take the challenge.
How To Tie Your Belt
By Nishimura Sensei
There are a couple of ways to tie your belt.
See which one suits you and practice until you get it.