Dojo rules and etiquette




When entering or leaving the dojo, bow towards the Kamiza (picture of O-Sensei). Also bow before entering and leaving the tatami (mat).


Footwear is not permitted on the tatami, wear Zori (sandals) or equivalent to and from the tatami. When training zori should be lined up neatly at the edge of the tatami. Socks (white only) are only permitted if there is a medical reason.  


Etiquette is important within the T.B.C.I.  Bowing is a way of showing respect for your sensei’s knowledge and thanking other aikidoka for allowing you to train with them. Bow before and after training with each new partner.  Opening and closing ceremonies are not to be thought of as forms of religious ceremonies but a traditional way of focussing the mind ready for training.


Any medical problem must be reported to the sensei prior to training and gradings.  After any serious illness or injury, a doctor’s note may be requested before training can recommence. Failure to do so may invalidate any insurance claims.


Watches, rings and other jewellery must be removed before training as these can cause injury.


Students should present themselves for training on time and with a clean gi, only women are permitted to wear t-shirts (white only) under there gi.


If you do arrive late for training, wait by the edge of the tatami until invited on by the sensei.


Please keep fingernails and toenails clean and cut short.


The instructor should be referred to as sensei during class and not by his/her first name.


When receiving instruction sit in seiza (kneeling) or crossed legged, never have your legs straight out in front of you as this is dangerous.


If you don’t understand what is being asked of you always ask, you should always feel free to ask questions.


Any weapons not in use must be stored safely by the side of the tatami.


If you should need to leave the tatami for any reason approach the sensei and ask for permission, this is out of respect and for safety.


Aikido is way of life.  Study and understand only through constant practise. Strive to achieve mental and physical co-ordination and most importantly…harmony within oneself.


Always have an open mind, remember the three B’s: 

Be willing  to accept training 

Be receptive to advice 

Be relaxed. 

Aggression has no place in Aikido.


Testing of strength is counterproductive, improving and perfecting techniques is a far better goal.


Never over exert yourself, strained muscles lead to missed training.  Work hard but remain relaxed.


The club sensei reserves the right to refuse or discontinue the training of any student who, in their opinion, misbehaves or disrupts training.


Be sensitive to others, never use undue force, young aikidoka have growing bones and joints which will damage easily.  NEVER do anything that you are uncomfortable with, speak to a sensei and express your concerns. An injured student means missed training sessions.


Although martial art training is a serious undertaking it should also be an enjoyable experience! 


 Demonstrating techniques outside of a dojo, e.g. in schools, is not permitted without the supervision of a qualified aikido instructor.  Should injury occur, insurance claims made through the T.B.C.I. will not be accepted.


Ensure your license is up to date and that you have the correct fee prior to grading.


Pay your club fees on time, remember that your club sensei still has to pay rent for the dojo.