Directions for Dojo Activity

Dojo Activity
  1. The martial arts begin and end with respect.
  2. Bow upon entering and leaving the dojo, indicating your respect for the training hall.
  3. Diligently follow the instructions given by the instructor and your seniors.
  4. Thoughtless and careless actions such as whistling, signing, and social conversation have no place in the dojo.
  5. Smoking is prohibited in the dojo.
  6. Refrain from engaging another student in idel talking and make the best use of training time given in class.
  7. Practice in a business-like manner. If you need to rest, do so in an area where you will not interfere with other's workout.
  8. Person to person relationships in the dojo must be reinforced by courtesy and respect.
  9. You are responsible for proper conduct under control inside and outside of the dojo.

Instruction for Students

Dojo Instructions
  1. The purpose of studying Uechi-Ryu is to develop the karate devotee into a healthy, well-coordinated person, both physically and mentally and to train him so that he may master the weaponless art of self-defense.
  2. The karate devotee must always be on his best behavior, taking a modest attitude toward others, setting great value on courtesy among people, tidying up his dress, being careful of his speech and actions, and being diligent in his study.
  3. The karate devotee must not make himself a nuisance to others by using harsh language and committing violence towards others even if he is under the influence of unnatural substances.
  4. The karate devotee must not bring disgrace, even in the slightest degree, to his own school (Uechi-Ryu) and himself by making tasteless and shameful utterances or actions.
  5. The karate devotee must not be self-centered and must not run to the easy and idle way of life. He must make a constant effort to continue the hard work enabling him to fill his mind with the vigor of life.
  6. The karate devotee must respect courtesy, set great value on the martial arts, and keep up the good manners and beautiful customs seen in Karate-do. He must make a contribution to society.


All black belt instructors should be called or referred to as "Sensei" or "(person's name) Sensei." Under certain circumstances it is also acceptable to address or refer to an instructor as "Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. (person's name)."

Black belt students with whom the student is not personally acquainted should be addressed or referred to as "Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. (person's name)."

Black belt students whom the student knows personally may be addressed by their first name.

When bowing prior to doing an individual kata, streching exercises, technique exercises, group kata, or a two person drill, each student should say:

Onegai shimasu Please

When bowing after doing any of the above each student should say:

Domo Arigato Gozaimashita Thank you very much

During the class closing the following words are exchanged between the instructor and the students:


Go Kuro Sama Thank you for your efforts


Domo Arigato Gozaimashita Thank you very much
Dojo Courtesy