Association Rules

Club Rules

The association (SSKA) rules (see below) apply to this club.

The club expect all members to treat the facilities and all other users of the dojo & community center with respect.

Members are expected to turn up at least 10 minutes before the lesson starts to allow time to change and focus their mind on the coming session.


SSKA Rules



  1. Bow upon entering and leaving the dojo.
  2. Address Senior Instructors as Sensei.
  3. Use “oss” as a sign of respect. Use it as a sign of acknowledgement.
  4. If you arrive late and the class has started, kneel at the head of the dojo and wait to be called on.
  5. No jewellery is to be worn during training. If a ring cannot be removed then it must be taped over.
  6. ALWAYS remember. Karate is more than just the ability to fight. Treat visiting Karateka with the respect and good manners that you would expect if you were a visitor to their dojo. NEVER allow yourself or those around you to act in a manner that would bring shame to your dojo.
  7. A minimum of 3 months must be allowed with training at least twice per week between kyu grading examinations.
  8. A minimum of 6 months must be allowed between 1 st kyu and 1 st Dan examinations. (Members must be a full 1 st kyu before attempting the 1 st Dan examination).
  9. A temporary 1 st kyu must wait 3 months before taking the 1 st kyu examinations again. If the examination results in a pass then a further 6 months must be allowed before any attempt is made at the 1 st Dan examination.
  10. A minimum period of 2 years must be allowed between Shodan and Nidan gradings. A minimum period of 3 years between Nidan and Sandan gradings must be observed.
  11. Members failing any examination for Dan grade rankings must wait a period of time indicated by the grading examiner, before attempting a re-examination.
  12. Any karateka from another association or style who join the SSKA may wear the belt of the grade they have attained in the previous association, but after 6 months regular training they must take a grading with an approved SSKA examiner. Following such examination they will be awarded the appropriate SSKA grade. This rule applies to all grades including Dan Grades.
  13. All karateka must hold a current license and grading record 1 month before taking a grading, as the examiner will refuse to grade any member not able to produce these documents. Any member who does undertake a grading examination and is subsequently found to have incorrect documents will have the results of the grading examination rescinded.
  14. Any grades found to be breaking the rules of the grading shall not be recognised by the SSKA and shall be struck from the national grades register.
  15. Arrive 15 minutes before your lesson starts and make sure that you have the correct moneys. If you are unable to attend training make sure that you phone your club instructor. Immediately after paying your money make sure you line up and start to warm up. Make sure you always pay respect to higher grades.
  16. Always make sure that you train in a clean white GI and have short clean finger and toe nails. Anyone with long hair make sure that it is tied back. No foul language must be used in the dojo. No changing in the dojo. Make sure your dojo is clean and always your dojo with respect.
  17. Everyone regardless of rank must attend pre-grading and grading to be eligible to grade, this includes Dan grades. If you are unable to attend any grading session then you must inform your club instructor and the Association secretary in writing at least one week before the gradings.
  18. Do not talk, chew gum or spit in the dojo or while being taught. Your gi must be correctly worn at all times and belt correctly tied. All ladies are to wear a white T-Shirt under their gi. Any badges worn on your gi must be approved by the SSKA and worn on the left side. Any bar badges must be worn below the rising sun badge not above.lf you are unsure please ask. Parents are responsible to take and pick up their children from the dojo, the SSKA is responsible in the dojo(training area).
  19. The club instructor will appoint a dojo captain, who will ensure that all club members are in line, gi s are correctly ties, belts worn correctly and help all newcomers to the dojo.
  20. Instruction will only be given by an SSKA approved and no one else.
  21. Any blood spilt on the floor will be cleaned up by the individual whose blood it is. First Aid kits are available for injuries. Please report any injuries or illnesses (permanent or temporary) to your club instructor. Asthmatics please ensure that your ventilators are always carried with you or are at hand in the dojo. Insulin dependant diabetics, please ensure that you have sugar available.
  22. Any person wishing to train under another Sensei or Association or enter an open competition not run by the SSKA must ask the Chief Instructors permission before doing so, if not then you will be dismissed from the S.S.K.A.
  23. Anyone leaving the SSKA or not training for more than 8 weeks must rejoin the Association.
  24. Any complaints or suggestions, please place in writing to the Chief Instructor of the S.S.K.A.
Any breach of these rules and you may be called before the Chief Instructor of the S.S.K.A..

The S.S.K.A. can amend these rules at any time.

Finally, remember the dojo creed:-


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