Members of Kyushindo Karate are dedicated to self-improvement through the study and practice of martial arts. Our classes are held according to a set of rules, shared values and mutual understanding amongst instructors and students. The following protocols and principles make up the Kyushindo Karate code of conduct that participants must abide by. 


  • Arrive early for classes to minimise disruption and to set a good example for other students. 
  • Allow sufficient time to change into your karate gi (uniform) so that you are ready to join classes at the scheduled start time. 
  • If you arrive after a lesson has begun, wait for the instructor to permit you to join the class. 

Remove outdoor shoes before entering the dojo (training hall)

  • Outdoor shoes must never be worn in the training area or on training mats.
  • Use of clean martial arts shoes is permitted. 

Personal hygiene

  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Karate gis should be clean and tidy.
  • Keep fingernails and toenails trimmed.
  • If you need to use a handkerchief you must leave the training area to do so. Wash or sanitise your hands before rejoining the class.

Remove jewellery before training

  • This prevents injuries to yourself or others and any damage to training equipment.

Karate belt and karate gi

  • Participants must wear a karate belt and karate gi appropriate to their grade.
  • New students should not wear a colour karate belt unless they have permission to do so from instructors. 

Do not chew gum, eat, drink beverages or smoke in the dojo 

Bow before entering or leaving the training area

  • This shows reverence for the dojo, the principles of karate and respect to the people we train with. 

Classes begin and end with a formal bow

  • This shows mutual respect to instructors and students. 

Request permission if you need to leave the training area during a lesson

  • Alert the instructor who will permit you to do so with a formal bow. The class will be halted when it is safe. This minimises disruption and shows respect for the instructor and students.
  • Inform the instructor in advance if you wish to leave a lesson early.

Train safely 

  • We strive to train in a safe manner that prevents injury.
  • There should be no unnecessary heavy contact during partnered practice or sparring (kumite).
  • Inform the instructor if you have a physical condition or injury that limits your ability to perform certain techniques.
  • If you feel unwell, have pain or weakness, stop immediately and inform the instructor.
  • If you are late to attend, perform warm up and stretching exercises before joining in the class.
  • Students should never use martial arts techniques except for self-defence, personal safety or fitness. 

Do not disturb other students during classes

  • Remain attentive and focus on what is being taught.
  • Do not distract others by joking, talking unnecessarily or indulging in idle talk.
  • Any talking is restricted to discussion of techniques.

Never attempt to teach other students unless you are told to do so by an instructor 

  • Teaching must be conducted only by instructors, as students may not be aware of all aspects of techniques.

Maintaining the dojo

  • Keep the dojo clean and tidy. 
  • Assist instructors and other students to set up, clear and clean mats and any equipment that has been used. 

Respect and courtesy

  • We are committed to holding classes in a welcoming, inclusive environment based on mutual respect, cooperation and courtesy.
  • We do not tolerate discrimination or intolerance on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other grounds.
  • Carefully follow instructions and maintain a good attitude at all times.
  • Refrain from outbursts, negative comments, confrontational or dangerous behaviour.
  • Inform an instructor if you have concerns regarding the behaviour of any other participant.

Let an instructor know if you will be absent for an extended period of time

  • This enables instructors to plan lessons according to who is expected to attend and demonstrates involvement and mutual respect. 

September 2021

  • Tube: Highgate
  • Buses: 43, 134, 263