Aikido was created by O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, as a Martial art based on harmony.
+ The dojo is a sacred place for the cultivation of budo - martial spirit.
+ strive to practice with mutual respect for each other and without conflicts.
Chief Instructor, Renbukan Dojo
President of Aikido Association of Thailand
RENBUKAN DOJO ETIQUETTE
Proper observance of etiquette is as much a part of your training as is learning techniques. Please take the following guidelines seriously.
1. When entering or leaving the dojo, it is proper to bow in the direction of O Sensei's picture, the kamiza, or the front of the dojo. You should also bow when entering or leaving the mat.
2. Avoid sitting on the mat with your back to the picture of O Sensei or the kamiza. Also, do not lean against the walls or sit with your legs stretched out. (Either sit in seiza or cross-legged.)
3. Never wear shoes on the mat. Always wear shoes off the mat.
4. Be on time for class. If you do happen to arrive late, sit quietly in seiza on the edge of the mat until the instructor grants permission to join practice.
5. If you should have to leave the mat or dojo for any reason during class, approach the instructor and ask permission.
6. Remove watches, rings and other jewelry before practice.
7. Please keep your finger and toe nails cut short.
8. Do not bring food, gum, or beverages with you into the dojo.
9. Please keep talking during class to a minimum. What conversation that is should be restricted to one topic -- Aikido.
10. Carry out the directives of the instructor PROMPTLY. Do not keep the rest of the class waitting for you.
11. Do not engage in rough-housing or needless contests of strength doing class.
12. Do not change your clothes (apart from the Hakama) on the mat.
13. Keep your training uniform clean, in good shape, and free of offensive odors. Do not leave your uniform in the changing room overnight.
14. Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify your ego. An attitude of receptivity and humility is therefore advised.
15. Preserve common-sense standards of decency and respect at all times.
16. It is everybody's responsibility to assist in cleaning the dojo.