The first requirement to becoming a practitioner of Judo (judoka) you must be is that of being of good moral character. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may lead to explosion from the club. Bullies, thugs and those with improper motives will be expelled.
Judo, being a physical contact sport, requires good personal hygiene in every aspect. Personal grooming and hygiene items includes: Clean Bodies, clean hands, clean feet, shortly trimmed clean fingernails and toenails, clean and hair and clean uniforms “judogi’s”.
Do not attend any of the judo classes if you have a cold or flu and especially if you have any contagious diseases, for example; measles, mumps, head lice, body lice, shingles, ringworm, school sores etc. If the appointed coach of any particular session considers that you are a risk to any other student he will ask you to leave the mat. Things to bring to training
• A judogi which can be white or blue (Please note that in local competitions only wear a white judogi), also Karate uniforms are neither suitable nor durable enough for Judo.
• Thongs or shoes are to be worn up to the edge of the judo mat and placed neatly against the mat (tatami) this will help to keep your feet clean and help to prevent from tracking dirt onto the judo mats.
• Women/girls must wear a plain white tee shirt under their judogi.
• A bottle of water. (not frozen)
• The wearing of items such as rings, bracelets, wrist chains, earrings, and any other body piercings, watches, burettes, etc., present a serious safety hazard and may not be worn. Code of ethics
We implore everyone to exemplify the philosophy and discipline of judo in every aspect of life. Every judoka must be intolerant of unethical behavior and act swiftly to eradicate it by using established ethical procedures. In this way, morality and integrity will remain the fabric of judo's core. To be compliant all judoka’s are to contribute to a positive and rewarding experience for all participants in judo. This includes:
We expect the best of conduct from every judoka´s in order to maintain the best and safest training and learning environment. Our expectations include the following:
• We expect excellent behavior at all times on and off the mat and within the confines of the Dojo (practice hall). That means within the immediate surrounds of the Dojo.
• Students must pay attention at all times and learn all the correct terminology as required.
• There will be a limited talking in practice.
• Always face your instructor whenever he is talking.
• Always call your instructor “Sensei" (which means teacher).
• Always show respect for your instructors and others on and off the mat and elsewhere.
• Horseplay and fooling around are strictly prohibited. The instructor will ask you to leave the mat if he/she feels your behavior is inappropriate. The student must bow and leave the mat immediately.
• Students are not allowed to wear their judo suit (judogi) outside the immediate surrounds of the Dojo, unless specifically agreed to by one the instructors.
• Students are expected to do the required class work and learn the principles of judo and other theory as required.
• Always be careful and look out for your fellow judoka.
• No one will leave the mat without first gaining permission from one of the instructors. The student must bow to the instructor before leaving the mat, and then bow at the edge of the mat before stepping off the mat.
• All students must bow before entering onto the mat and only enter onto the mat when told to by the instructor (sensei).
• If a student arrives late and wishes to join the class then he must bow onto the mat and wait on the side of the mat until the instructor see him/her and acknowledges you with a bow, which you return and proceed to where the instructor tells you.
• All students are to wear shoes or thongs up the edge of the mat. Water bottles are to be placed beside the shoes or thongs.
• Food and drink are not permitted on the mat.
• While watching, students will sit either cross-legged or kneel sitting back on their heels.
• The courtesy of bowing will be observed at all appropriate times. This is discussed in greater detail under the “Courtesy" heading.
• Students must stop all activity immediately upon the command “Matte" (which means stop. Time out). or Yeme (check spelling) which means stop) and start any activity on the command of Hajime which means begin.
• All students must always obey the directions of the Instructor at all times.
Parents are invited and encouraged to participate and watch classes. However, we have certain expectations of our parents as well, that include the following:
• Parents are expected to get their children to class on time and to pick them up on time.
• In class, we expect parents to not intervene under any circumstance in order to allow our instructors to maintain the control of the class.
• Parents may cheer on and encourage their children.
• Parents may not criticize their children's skill or performance.
• Parents must also obey the rules of bowing, and entering on and off the mat as described above. If the parent is participating then he/she must also obey all of the above conditions of behavior as listed above in ‘conduct of students.’