Tel. Sensei Cummins 0121 4233288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. Club Secretary (Sue Hession) 07976905472
Please ensure that your licence and insurance is kept up to date. Without an up-to-date licence you cannot train. The expiry date can be found in the rear of your licence on the pink insurance slip. It is important that your renew your licence at least 2 weeks prior to it's expiry. Licence renewal forms can be obtained from the club secretary.
Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei Ni Tsutomuru Koto!
(One! To Strive For The Perfection Of Character!)
Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto!
(One! To Defend The Paths Of Truth!)
Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto!
(One! To Foster The Spirit Of Effort!)
Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto!
(One! To Honour The Principles Of Etiquette!)
Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto!
(One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage!)
For all Martial Arts practiced in the Dojo (training area or school) good manners and respect must be shown to the instructors and to each other. The following are the basic Dojo Rules:
When entering or leaving the training area, stop and perform a slight bow into the area.
Greet the instructors with a bow.
Dress in a smart manner and when possible in the Gi or uniform of the martial art which you are practicing.
Finger and toe nails should be short and clean.Jewelry should not be worn when training, for your protection and that of your fellow students.
When called to order, form a line with the highest grade on the right hand side. When all students are the same grade, then the eldest student will be on the right hand side.
When the line is formed and the Instructor is in place and ready, the senior student will call the class to order and all will bow to the instructor who will return the bow.
At all times, in the Dojo, the Black belt instructors will be addressed as Sensei (teacher) and assistant instructors as Sempai.
NO fighting or sparring will take place except under the direction of the instructor.
If you need assistance or help, or to leave the Dojo, kneel where you are until addressed by the instructor.
Parents are free to watch the lesson but are requested not to speak to or distract the students during a lesson.
When facing a partner for sparring or to apply a technique, bow to each other at the beginning and at the end.
This is not a complete list of rules and others may be brought to the attention of the students at any time.
While these rules may seem formal, they help instill a sense of respect and discipline necessary in a 'sport' which may, if taken lightly, be dangerous.
Any student behaving in a disrespectful or dangerous manner will be asked to leave the floor. Loss of temper or bad language will not be tolerated for any reason. Any dispute should be brought to the attention of the Instructor.
Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with a bow.
There is no first strike in karate.
Karate is an aid to justice.
First know yourself before attempting to know others.
Spirit first, technique second.
Always be ready to release your mind.
Accidents arise from negligence.
Do not think that karate training is only in the dojo.
It will take your entire life to learn karate, there is no limit.
Put your everyday living into karate and you will find "Myo" (subtle secrets).
Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.
Do not think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.
Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.
The outcome of the battle depends on how you handle weakness and strength.
Think of your opponents hands and feet as swords.
When you leave home think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.
Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced.
Practicing a Kata exactly is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.
Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of the body, and slowness and speed of techniques.
Always think and devise ways to live the precepts of karate-do every day.
These precepts were laid down for the contemplation of the students. Before a training session think of any one of them and constantly remind yourself of it during and after the session. Try to find the deeper meaning!!