1. What is Karate?
2. What is Shotokan?
3. Who are the JKA?
4. What is JKA Philosophy?
5. How to look after your belt?
6. How to tie Karate Belt?
7. Late arrival for a class
1. Take a position at the Dójó entrance and kneel in the Seiza position
2. Be sure that it is possible for the instructor to be aware of your presence
3. When the instructor acknowledges your presences usually by way of a quick bow and or the word Oss, you return the bow from the Seiza position and quickly join the class
4. This is a good opportunity to practice posture, etiquette and readiness.
8. Cleanliness and maintenance of Dogi (Uniform)
It is a simple matter of being aware that if your Dogi smells then there is a good chance that this will increase the discomfort of other students who are forced to train near you. Remember to air your Dogi after training. Through the course of your training it is common for a Dogi to become torn and/or discoloured; it is considered important that a Dogi is maintained correctly like any other uniform. All Dogi should be white with only one badge worn which is the association badge and positioned at the left side of the chest. Ladies are permitted to wear a white t-shirt under their Dogi but men are not.
9. How to fold your Dogi (uniform)?
10. Can I wear jewelleryKarate training is a very austere and respectful art form A major element in its practice is the homogeneous nature of everyone taking part. Karate is seen as a means of spiritual improvement and it can therefore stand to reason that items of Jewellery and even cosmetics are seen as a distraction from the spiritual goal of Karate. Wearing Jewellery can also be seen as discriminatory, by leading to sense of segregation between rich and poor and it is for a similar reason why uniforms are worn at some schools and companies. Jewellery can also cause an injury to the wearer or other students so it must be removed or taped securely if removal is not an option.
11. What is Sóji (Cleaning the Dójó)
12. Bowing (Rei)
At the beginning/end of each kata – silent bow Before Yoi (Ready) and after Yame (Stop) commands – silent bow When beginning/ending a partner exercise or kumite bout accompanied with the word ‘Oss’ When addressed by a Sensei or Sempai accompanied with the word ‘Oss’ Kneeling bow if late for a class accompanied with the word ‘Oss’
13. Bowing To Seniors
14. How to bow?