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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 the Shomen (See glossary). You should also bow when entering or leaving the mat.
2. No shoes on the mat.
3. 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.
4. If you should have to leave the mat or dojo for any reason during class, approach the instructor and ask permission.
5. When the instructor demonstrates or otherwise is speaking to the class, move to the edge of the mat and sit in seiza or cross-legged – unless instructed otherwise. Do not sit or stand between the Instructor and the Shomen. Give the instructor your full attention.
6. Avoid sitting on the mat with your back to the Shomen. Also, do not lean against the walls or sit with your legs stretched out. (Either sit in seiza or cross- legged.)
7. Remove watches, rings and other jewelry before practice.
8. Do not bring food, gum, or beverages with you into the dojo.
9. Please keep your finger and toe nails cut short.
10. Please be aware that in some dojos talking in class is kept to a minimum and is limited to Aikido.
11. Carry out the directives of the instructor PROMPTLY. Do not keep the rest of the class waiting for you!
12. Do not engage in rough-housing or needless contests of strength during class.
13. Keep your training uniform clean, in good shape, and free of offensive odors.
14. Please pay your membership dues promptly. If, for any reason, you are unable to pay your dues on time, talk with the person in charge of dues collection. Sometimes special rates are available for those experiencing financial hardship.
15. Do not change your clothes on the mat.
16. Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify your ego. An attitude of receptivity and humility (though not obsequiousness) is therefore advised.
17. Preserve common-sense standards of decency and respect at all times.