The following information relates to the University of Massachusetts Shotokan club in 2007.
"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory
or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants."
-- Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate
-- Karate students must be prompt and on
time for all meetings. If one is going to be late, one should
notify the instructor prior to the scheduled beginning of training.
No student is to leave class without the instructor's permission.
-- Karate students must wear a proper white
karate uniform or "gi" at all training sessions. (Temporary
members are permitted to wear any comfortable clothing before
the first examination.) Only a crest or a logo bearing the ISKF
and the club names is allowed.
-- Karate students must remove all jewelry, watches,
earings, rings prior to training. These items can cause injury
to themselves and others.
-- Karate students must keep karate-gis clean
and in good repair.
-- Karate students must keep their bodies
clean and finger and toenails trimmed.
-- Karate students must not chew gum or have
candy or food in the mouth while training.
-- Karate students must follow the instructions
of their seniors and instructors, quickly and respectfully.
-- Karate students must practice only those
techniques that have been formally presented by their instructors.
-- Karate students of lower rank must seek
to practice with higher-ranking opponents.
-- Karate students must not engage in idle
talk while training is in session.
-- Karate students must remain quiet and attentive
when not exercising.
-- Karate students must be courteous and helpful
to each other.
-- Karate students must keep the dojo clean
and in good condition. The dojo floor must be swept before each
-- Karate students must learn when and how
to perform the correct forms of standing and kneeling bows. They
should bow when entering or leaving the dojo, at the beginning
and the end of class, before and after sparring with a partner,
before and after performing a kata, and when greeting the instructor.
-- Karate students must sit correctly in the
dojo while training is in session.
-- Karate students must always be serious,
sincerely entering into the spirit of karate training and its
goal of bringing into harmony the body, mind and spirit. Adherence
to the instructor's judgment and giving as much importance to
the attitude of one's training as to the results are of the greatest