Dojo Rules:

All students should refer to the head instructor as Sensei, which is an honorable way of saying "Teacher" in Japanese. No substitutes are allowed.

It is beneficial to all when a higher belts aid lower belts in their training. Please feel free to ask higher ranking students for assistance before and after class.

No alcohol or drugs before class, no candy, gum or smoking while in the dojo.

Each student will bow upon entering and leaving the dojo.

No karateka will provoke violence or allow him or herself to be provoked into violence under pain of possible expulsion for life from the dojo.

Even when outside of the dojo, you are a representative of Thousand Islands Martial Arts, act accordingly.

A violent, argumentative, or belligerent attitude during class will result in dismissal.

No free sparring without the express permission of the Sensei, or a Black Belt.

All jewelry must be removed before entering the dojo floor.

No shoes are to be worn on dojo floor.

Personal cleanliness is essential. Nails must be clipped, feet and hands must be clean and hair must not interfere with your training.

All karateka must wear clean, karate Gi's (uniforms) that have no tears or rips anywhere. If you have the T.I.M.A. crest, sew it on over the heart on the left lapel of your uniform.

Never put your belt on the floor, or wash it. Your belt is a representative of all your hard work and training, treat it with respect.

When late to class kneel down and wait for instructor to call you into class.

Respond with “Osu” or “Hai” when given instructions to acknowledge you have heard and understand.

Parents and visitors, please be silent when class is in session so as not to cause a disruption or distraction.

Read this section carefully, you will be expected to understand the reason for dojo etiquette and to practice it as long as you are a member of the Thousand Islands Martial Arts organization.
Most students have many questions regarding the procedures and proper behavior required both inside and outside the dojo. The introduction section of the manual should take care of most of the questions. The following are additional pointers you might want to know.


Who is Sensei?
Normally the black belt with the highest rank in the school is the only person called Sensei. However, if the ranking black belt recognizes another person within the school as Sensei then you are expected to follow his or her example. The highest-ranking black belt will be known as Sensei.

Who is Senpai?
Senpai is the name used to identify the assistant instructors in a class. If Sensei recognizes a person within the class as Senpai then you are expected to follow his or her example. Normally 1st degree black belts and some brown belts will be known as Senpai.

What is a Kyu Belt?
Kyu Belts are the lower rank belts below Black Belt and signified by different colours. At Thousand Islands Martial Arts, we have a total of 10 Kyu belts. They are in ascending order White(10th Kyu), Yellow (9th Kyu), Orange(8th Kyu), Green(7th Kyu), Purple(6th Kyu), Blue(5th Kyu), Red(4th Kyu), 1st Brown(3rd Kyu), 2nd Brown (2nd Kyu), Black Stripe(1st Kyu)

What to do if Sensei enters the dojo many times during a class?
Bowing only once is sufficient to show respect in this case.

Should a Kyu Belt who is in charge of teaching a class allow Free-Sparring?
NO! He or she does not have the experience of what to do if someone is injured.


If you are in charge of a class and a higher belt comes onto the floor, what should you do?
You should finish what you started and then have the class bow to the higher belt who will proceed to instruct the class

How long will it take to advance from one belt to another?
The time between Kyu belts (White to Yellow, etc) is between 3 to 8 months, depending on attendance and the amount of training you are doing (must have the minimum required classes between gradings). From Brown to Black, on average, is 2+ years. Therefore the average length to reach Black Belt is 5+ years.


How many times a week should you train?
Twice a week for classes is sufficient to show a regular progress. We do suggest that you schedule some of your free time to practice what you have learned in class.