International Association of Shotokan Karate (IASK)

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IASK rules of Etiquette

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 On entering or leaving the Dojo every student must bow and say 'OSS'.

 All instructors must be addressed as 'Sensei' in the Dojo.

 Late members must take up a kneeling position at the Dojo entrance and will wait to be given permission to enter.

 'OSS' is a word that signifies respect amongst fellow Karate-ka and is generally used in the following circumstances:
» When a student is given a command, advice or is questioned by the instructor.
» When bowing at the start and end of the session.
» When bowing to your partner before sparring.
» When your name is called out at grading or in any other situation which respect should be shown.

 Students should make every effort to have their toe and finger nails clean and cut short.

 Jewelry should not be worn and items such as rings or bracelets should have tape wrapped around them.

 Students should train in clean, white Gis.

 Members and students should not swear, smoke, spit, chew or behave in any uncouth or disrespectful manner.

 The IASK License should be applied for no later than one month after the first training session.

 Students should not leave the Dojo during training without obtaining permission from the instructor.

 All students and members of the IASK must never use their Karate skills outside the confines of the Dojo.