Welcome, your child is practicing Shito-Ryu Karate-Do at Hombu Dojo!
Some Helpful Things to Know:
- When entering the training area of the dojo, EVERYONE – students and visitors – must remove shoes outside the doorway and placed neatly outside.
- Students need to bow upon entering and leaving the training area of the dojo.
- Our Shito-Ryu Passport is a little booklet containing the essential details of our training system and testing requirements. IT IS ALSO YOUR CHILD’S ONGOING PERSONAL DOCUMENTATION OF HER/HIS PARTICIPATION IN TESTS, WORKSHOPS, AND TOURNAMENTS THROUGHOUT THEIR PRACTICE OF KARATE-DO. If you do not already have one for your child, please ask for one. They are $5 currently.
- Getting your child ready for practice:
- Clean, pressed uniform, belt tied: we’re happy to show you how to fold the uniform so that it stays unwrinkled!
- A t-shirt or undershirt underneath, white preferably.
- For safety:
- Trimmed fingernails.
- No jewelry, bracelets, watches, etc. If pierced earrings cannot be removed, they should be covered front and back with bandaids
- Hair should be pulled back away from the face.
- Long hair should be tied back with elastics, no clips or pins.
- Training Schedule: in the process of being set up on the website. Currently, you should be receiving emails as to holiday changes to the regular Monday/Wednesday/Friday/ Saturday schedule, but soon this will be updated in the website in a calendar format.
- Members’ Page: Please ask your instructor for the password to access this section. The password will be subject to change.
- Testing for the Next Belt: Your child’s readiness to test for each level will depend on many things, esp. how often and how consistently s/he trains; independent ability with the belt level requirements, and their instructor’s approval. It is very important that your child tests only if s/he is truly ready, so that their skills and confidence may become fully developed.
- White Belts Testing for Yellow Belt: There is a Terminology Requirement in the first belt test: your child will show their understanding of a few Japanese terms and/or our 5 Rules we use at every practice by verbally explaining or demonstrating.
Here are the Five Rules in English, just in case you’re wondering!
- Be moderate and courteous.
- Be righteous and have a strong sense of justice.
- Be modest in your words and actions.
- Respect others.
- Karate-Do is a lifetime study.
Good luck, and ask if you have a question. We are happy to help!