The dojo is the place where KARATE-DO, the way of KARATE, is practised and trained.



The object of KARATE-DO is to find a way to inward harmony and self-realization through physical training and mental confrontation with the martial art KARATE.



At the beginning and at the end of every training unit, teacher (sensei) and pupil (deshi) must kneel down in the heel seat (seiza) for meditation. To this end, the pupils place themselves on a line, and the highest-ranking pupil assumes the farthest left position seen from the sensei. On a command to be given by the highest-ranking pupil, the pupils assume the heel seat one after the other. The eyes are to be closed (mokusu), and the upper part of the body has to assume an upright position (abdominal breathing). The duration of kneeling-down is to amount to no less than 30 seconds.



Teachers and trainers are entitled to give instructions without restrictions. Their instructions and orders are to be obeyed in any case.



Only trainers having a valid trainer licence are entitled to train karate.



On principle, the training language is Japanese. All karate techniques are clearly defined by Japanese terms. For beginners, German paraphrases, which translate the Japanese terminology partially insufficiently and inexactly only, however, can also be used. All beginners are obliged to make themselves familiar orally little by little with the most important Japanese special terms.



A prerequisite for training KARATE-DO is respect, esteem, and politeness of the training pupils among each other (sensei - deshi, deshi - sensei, deshi - deshi): Karate begins with respect, and it ends with respect!



The presence of spectators is allowed on consultation with the trainer only.



Prior to entering the dojo, all jewels (e.g. ear-rings, finger-rings, nose-rings, watches, necklaces, dangerous hair-slides, etc.) are to be taken off. It is allowed to wear sports glasses with plastic glasses and contact lenses on one's own risk.



The greeting (rei) is an essential part of KARATE-DO. It is the external sign for politeness and respect. When entering and leaving the dojo as well before and after every partner practise, a bow must be made, therefore, wherein the upper part of the body is slightly inclined forward.



You are allowed to enter the dojo only bare-footed and in the training dress, the white karate-gi which is held together by a belt whose colour shows the level of performance of the pupil. The karate-gi must be clean. Tucks on the Karate-gi showing the dojo or association emblem are allowed. Any advertising on the Karate-gi is forbidden.



The training pupils are allowed to enter the dojo in a well-groomed outfit only. The trainer and / or training leader is entitled to call on pupils, whose outfit does not meet the complete dojo etiquette, to leave the dojo and to eliminate the determined mistake. The pupil is allowed to enter the dojo again only after having eliminated the mistake.



All training pupils must appear punctually for the beginning of the training. In case any pupil comes too late to the training, she / he has to wait in the entrance zone of the dojo until the trainer calls her / him on by a hand signal to join the training.



It is allowed to leave the dojo before the official end of the training unit only with the consent of the trainer and / or training leader.



Following training groups are not allowed to enter the dojo before the training unit has been finished officially.



On principle, it is allowed to take along training bags into the dojo. The training bags must be placed down properly at the edge or in a corner of the dojo and must not hinder the course of training.



No unnecessary making noise, crying, playing, jumping and clambering around in the dojo.



It is not allowed to eat, to drink, and to smoke in the dojo.



The dojo is to be kept clean. A cleaning service being responsible for the clean and proper condition of the dojo is assigned. After every training unit, the dojo is to be swept with a broom.



The dojo serves every person to train KARATE-DO. Owing to this, it is absolutely necessary that everybody training KARATE-DO observes the dojo rules and contributes actively to the fact that the dojo is esteemed as place of dignity. All karatékas of our dojo represent the delivered philosophy and tradition of the Japanese Grand Masters:


"It is not object of a martial art to beat the opponent by physical superiority - what matters is to be superior mentally!"