General Etiquette And Conduct
PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL
If you are unavoidably late, and
the warm-ups are still in progress, quickly sit in seiza at the edge
of the mats and WAIT until you are noticed and acknowledged before
joining the warm-ups. If the class is already in session, perform
a warm-up of your own off the mats, then follow the steps above.
LEAVING THE MATS DURING CLASS
Always let the Sensei know if you need to leave the mats.
ALWAYS BE ALERT WHILE ON THE MATS
Careless practice is dangerous and can cause injury.
Always be aware of your surroundings.
The proper way to sit during class is
in seiza, the formal Japanese sitting posture. A crosslegged sitting
position is acceptable if seiza becomes too uncomfortable. In
any case, an attentive posture should be maintained at all times.
Students should not slouch, lean against walls or sit with legs
DO NOT TEACH FELLOW STUDENTS
Unless specifically asked
to do so by the Sensei. If you need help during class, discreetly
ask the instructor for his/her instruction.
FOLLOW THE TEACHER'S INSTRUCTIONS
For reasons of safety,
respect and courtesy, it is essential that the teacher's instructions
be followed exactly. Many Aikido techniques can be dangerous if
not practiced properly.
PRACTICE AT A SAFE PACE
Be sensitive to the physical
limitations and experience level of your partner and never perform
any exercise which you feel is too dangerous for your current
physical or technical ability, or that of your partner.
KEEP CONVERSATION TO A MINIMUM
In Aikido, like in other traditional martial arts,
learning with the eyes and body is emphasized.
Help each other by following the technique with the appropriate
body movements rather than with words. If it is necessary to speak,
do so in a low voice.
DO NOT WEAR JEWELLERY DURING PRACTICE
Jewellery such as rings, necklaces and ear rings could accidentally
catch or be ripped out by a partner during the practice and could
pose a risk to you or your practice partner.
DO NOT WEAR FOOTWEAR ON THE MATS
To help prevent dirt
from being brought onto the training surface, please wear some
kind of footwear when not on the mats.
Cleanliness is a reflection of your
attitude toward Aikido, your teacher and your fellow practitioners.
Please keep your fingernails and toenails clean and short. Keep
your uniform clean and wash it regularly.
IF YOU BECOME SICK, OVERTIRED OR INJURED
If you become
unable to continue practice, let your partner know.
INFORM THE SENSEI OR THE INSTRUCTOR
before leaving the mats. If you just need a short
rest, move to the edge of the mats and sit quetly watching until
you are ready to resume practice.
SPECIFIC MEDICAL PROBLEMS
If you have medical condition
or previous injury that may affect your practice, notify the Sensei
of this before class starts.