Code of Conduct
Written by Rachel

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Grown adults

We don't teach children. Everyone in class is an adult. All we want from school members is decent behaviour, towards one another and towards the instructors.
A Code of Conduct should not be necessary.

Code of Conduct

Good conduct ensures a safe environment:

  1. Students are required to be clean and tidy

  2. Please put your mobile phone on mute and keep the phone in your bag/coat pocket for the duration of the lesson

  3. No chewing gum

  4. Please remove watches or jewellery (of any kind)

  5. Wear the required uniform

  6. Inform Rachel if you have an injury

  7. No bullying, aggression or losing your temper

  8. Continue to practice until told to stop

For more detailed information, ask Rachel.

Business hours

If you have any questions for Rachel or Sifu Waller, they need to be asked between 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Not before class and certainly not afterwards.
E-mailing your questions is always the best course of action.


If you wish to leave the training hall during the lesson please inform Rachel. This is a courtesy and a fire safety requirement.

Etiquette in a nutshell

We encourage friendly and respectful behaviour:

  1. You've paid for a lesson. Donít waste it by talking

  2. Please keep your questions relevant to the training at hand. Avoid comparing, second-guessing or reminiscing

  3. Bow to one another when partnering

  4. Please address Rachel as 'Rachel' and Sifu Waller as 'Sifu'

  5. The final bow is the end of the lesson and signals that it is time to leave. Asking further questions is not polite

  6. If the class is not to your liking or you fail to turn up for lessons, please note that we do not give refunds

  7. Students pay fees regardless of attendance (like a gym membership)

For more detailed information, refer to the Attitude & Etiquette page and the 'attitude' topics on the Category page.

Self discipline

Imposing external discipline is an uncomfortable and embarrassing task, especially when teaching adults. We would rather the student be responsible for their own conduct and behave accordingly.

When you come to the dojo, it is a recognition the teacher there has something you want. He will give it to you in his own way. You must accept that. If you do not, you are free to leave. The dojo, however, is never run by consensus.

(Dave Lowry) 

The sensei is not a therapist. The goal of the dojo is to make healthy people healthier, physically and psychologically and spiritually. It cannot be expected to repair badly damaged human beings. As so if a member exhibits serious personal problems, the sensei's job is to get rid of him, gracefully if possible, forcefully and definitively if necessary.

(Dave Lowry)


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Page created 27 June 1995
Last updated 11 February 2011