Dōjō TAKE etiquette

At Dōjō TAKE, there is an etiquette that will help you find your way around the group and move around the room:

  • Entrance to the dōjō - we cross the doorstep with our left foot, and then we bow towards the kamiza (place behind the teacher, marked with TSKSR calligraphy). Leaving the dōjō, we first bow towards the kamiza, and then we cross the doorstep with our right foot.
  • Line up – we stand in a row facing the kamiza. On the far right side stands the dōjō-chō (in case of absence, the most advanced person in the group). Then we line up in the order of rank / experience / clothing. We sit in seiza in an even line and put the sword / bokken with the blade facing towards our body, so that the kashira (end of the hilt) does not go before the knees.
  • Bows – when entering the dōjō, we ask for a good workout, when leaving, we thank for it. At the line up, we bow to each other, showing mutual respect. When starting training with a partner, we ask for good learning, when we finish, we thank for it.
  • Being late – we come to classes on time. If we come late during the line up – we do not enter the room, but wait by the door. If we enter during warm-up or training – we enter the room, sit in the seiza position near the wall by the door, perform reishiki and wait for the teacher to grant permission to join the group or give other instructions.
  • Program – what kata we perform and which we learn is decided by the person conducting the training.
  • Practice – should be non-competitive. We train ourselves to help others.
  • Teaching – teaching Katori (including giving lectures, demonstrations) can only be done with the consent of the teacher.
  • Outfit – appropriate clothes are white long pants, white obi belt and navy blue / indigo keikogi with Take's mon on the back. Advanced people can wear navy blue / indigo hakama. Advanced trainees with a master's degree may wear a black belt.
  • Weapon – during classes we use training weapons (bokken, bō, naginata, yari, kodachi), kept in good condition and made of natural wood (not painted black). Unused weapons are put away in the right place.
  • Dueling – dueling is completely forbidden in the dōjō.
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