Code of Conduct

General

  • New members must complete and return a registration form as soon as possible to ensure they are covered by insurance.
  • Existing members must ensure they complete and return a registration form every new academic year, for personal insurance and for insurance allocations for the club (which is based on our total number of members).
  • New members need to purchase a training Gi to wear once they have joined the club.  New members may not grade without a Gi.
  • In order to attend randori classes (sparring classes) members must attend at least one technical session per week.
  • In order to grade, members must have trained for the required number of hours stated in their membership booklets. Training hours should be recorded and signed off at the end of the week by the club captain or a senior member.
  • As a Budo (martial art), members must show respect to one another and to senior grades, as senior grades must show respect for one another and lower grades also. This means listening to and following instructions, being polite and not undermining senior grades. This respect is intrinsic to learning Budo.

Safety

  • It is vital that all new members are taught how to break-fall in a safe and controlled manner, starting from the very basics. New members are not to be thrown until they can perform a reasonable break-fall on their own.
  • Wrist techniques must be performed with the utmost control on beginners and people with either weak/injured wrists.
  • Nails must be cut as short as possible and filed blunt for safety. All members, male and female, must adhere to this code to be allowed to train. Nail clippers are available in the dojo at all times.
  • ALL body piercings and ALL jewellery (including festival and gig wrist bands) must be removed before training, for the safety of everyone involved.
  • New members must wear suitable clothing to train in. This means no zips, belts, studs etc..
  • Members must secure their hair during training or it will get caught and/or stepped on. Hair must be secured with fabric hair bands, not plastic or metal etc..
  • Injury should be immediately treated if it can be, and the incident recorded straight away. Treatment ranges from ice packs on sprained limbs to simply disinfecting cuts and covering them for the remainder of training
  • If you acquire a contagious skin problem, like athlete’s foot, you must not step onto the mat until you have cured this problem! Other members don’t want these problems too!

Gender Issues

  • Male members MUST be respectful whilst training with a female partner, and vice versa, which means that even though the sport is full contact, there should be no inappropriate contact. Deliberate action of this sort will be disciplined accordingly.
  • Male members must be especially carefully when striking the torso of (and applying wrist techniques on) female members.
  • Female members should wear sports bras or t-shirts etc under their Gi during training, as the Gi is only loosely held together and often becomes dislodged from the body.
  • Other than for the obvious as stated above, no discrimination between gender should be made in such a way that would reasonably offend anyone.

Competition

  • Members should be encouraged to compete to practice skills under competition pressure. Although nobody should be forced to compete, even brand new members should be encouraged to take part to help them improve physically and mentally.
  • Everyone should be given the same chance to compete, regardless of ability. Although tactics are required to win matches against other teams by picking the strongest team possible, every member who wants to take part in a competition should be placed in an appropriate event.

The Dojo

  • The dojo we train in should be treated as a traditional Japanese dojo, which means no swearing or obscenities whilst training.
  • The dojo should be kept clean by members. Any blood on the mats should be cleaned up with disinfectant wipes immediately before it dries, for hygiene reasons.
  • Members can train at the dojo outside of normal training hours, so long as a black belt or the club captain is present and has given permission. Fees for this are five pounds per hour for up to five people, then an extra pound for each extra person. This money must be paid directly to the dojo for its upkeep.
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