CHI-I- DO Conduct

Virtues

  1. COURTESY: One must be respectful to all people and to be respectful to ourselves.
  2. LOYALTY: One must be loyal to the organization, the Sensei or instructors, classmates, family and friends.
  3. KINDNESS: One will refrain from making negative statements about anyone. One should always strive for what is good and correct. To work toward harmony between all people and always keep in mind of others' well being.
  4. COURAGE: One must never surrender to the enemy. To correct what we know is wrong and to succeed in one goals or intentions. We will utilize our skills to help and defend the defenseless, our family, friends and our honor.
  5. JUSTICE: One needs to know that we are all equal, to understand that we all have weakness. One must never be arrogant and always be humble. One must refrain in giving unnecessary displays of one abilities.
  6. DISCIPLINE: Refrain from violence. One must always exercise self-control and to always finish what is started.
  7. STRENGTH: To be strong always! To develop an indomitable spirit and to develop one's will to be like steel, for this is the way of the martial arts.
  8. HONOR: One must refrain from wrong doings, which can to bring shame on upon us and oneself, for we represent the heritage of correctness, as those before us have preserved. To be honorable, one must be honorable to others.
  9. TRUTH: Be true to yourself and others. For deceit and lies will breed negativity and darkness to one's spirit, mind and body.

Dojo Etiquette

  1. Always try to be on time for training and train with passion when you are on the Dojo floor.
  2. Always bow upon entering and leaving the Dojo floor. Bowing is a sign of respect and appreciation for the Dojo and the others who share the Dojo floor.
  3. All requests of assistance in training should be prefaced with a bow accompanied by a clear and loud audible enunciated: "PLEASE TEACH ME!" or (O Nei Gai Shi Mas!). Assistance offered, should be acknowledged by a bow accompanied by an equally clear and loud audible enunciated: "THANK YOU VERY MUCH!" or (Ari Gato Go Sai Mas Shi Ta!).
  4. Seniors will treat and teach their juniors kindly. Juniors must always respect rank and seniority.
  5. All students, regardless of rank, are responsible for keeping the Dojo clean. All ranks will have their chores, with the lowest rank assigned first.
  6. When training with an instructor or Sensei: "PAY ATTENTION TO THE INSTRUCTIONS AND COMMANDS." All students must respond to the commands quickly and sharply. Listen carefully and respectfully to any advice given to you by the Instructor or Sensei even if you have heard it before and acknowledge that you heard it and understood it.
  7. Juniors should feel free to ask seniors about materials assigned to them. Students should not concern themselves with materials beyond their level. Katas and others Forms or materials, will be taught by the Instructor or Sensei at the time that is deemed appropriated.
  8. Always be aware of personal hygiene. Finger and toe nails must be kept trimmed to prevent injuries to other working that you are working with. All jewelry must be removed to prevent injuries to oneself as well as to others. Gis or other attires worn must be clean and presentable. They must be washed and be in wearable and respectable condition. A clean body, internally as well as externally, is as important as clean training attire.
  9. Respect others in their performance, as you would like others to respect you. Show appreciation for good performances, refrain all remarks and gestures upon poor performances. Remember, you made mistakes too.
  10. When observing training on the Dojo floor, refrain from talking, making noise and unnecessary movements or negative gestures. If sitting on the floor, sit properly the perimeter of the floor, with both legs crossed, or in lotus posture with you hands in your lap with the proper respectable body poise. If standing, stand still with the same proper respectable poise.
REMEMBER, ANYONE CAN DO MARTIAL ARTS AND BE ARROGANT AND UNRULY, BUT THESE ARE NOT THE WAYS TO BECOME A WELL BRED MARTIAL ARTIST AND TO BE RESPECTED BY OTHERS IN SOCIETY.

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