First Time Student Checklist
1- Read all the information available on this website. The more you know, the better equipped you will be for your first class.
2- Select a Beginner class to attend. Beginner classes are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at the IKD Honbu Dojo.
3- When you arrive at your first class you will be given some paper work to fill out. Children under 18 are required to have their forms signed by a legal parent or guardian. Remember: Your first two classes are always free to try!
4- Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Sweat pants/shorts, t-shirts and yoga/active wear are ideal. Training is done in barefeet. Remove all jewlery, including earrings and watches.
5- Arrive early. You will want enough time to finish your paper work and get aquainted with the Dojo before class starts.
6- Sweat! Karate is an amazing work out for not only the body but the mind. Be prepared for a good physical workout that is tailored to your fitness level and abilities.
7- Ask questions. Instructors and Staff of the IKD Honbu are here to assist and guide you through your growth and development as a karate-ka.
8- Be proud! You are now a member of one of the most prestigious organizations in the world. Welcome to IKD Honbu.
Karate always begins and ends with a bow as demonstrated by
Tanya Hendricks, 5th Dan
Photo Credit: Chris Bandera firstname.lastname@example.org
· Entering and Exiting the Dojo: When entering and exiting Dojo area one must always bow inwards.
· Waiting off to the Side during Class: If you are waiting off to the side, do not talk among yourselves or lean against the wall. Listen to what is being taught. When sitting, drop to a kneeling position for a few seconds first; then relax and cross your legs. Again, always pay complete attention to the instructor and his/her teachings. If you are standing off to the side and are called upon; quickly acknowledge yourself, bow and move to a ready position with purpose and confidence. Never wander aimlessly about.
· Conduct with Partner: Everyone must treat his/her partner courteously and with proper etiquette. Always challenge your partner to a degree that is beneficial to his/her learning. Never patronize your partner but always remember your control.
· Questioning: Do not question Sensei/sempai during class unless asked. Save any questions for after class and discuss them with a senior belt. When approaching a senior belt, sempai, or Sensei; bow and address him/her appropriately. When finished bow and thank them for their time.
· Talking: When waiting for class to begin, talking must be quiet and kept to a minimum. When a class is saying the Dojo Kun there is to be no talking. Once in class and training, there is to be no talking unless called upon by the Sensei/sempai.
The Karate Gi
All that is needed to practice traditional karate-do is an unadorned white karate uniform and a belt. The uniform is known simply as a karate gi. The white karate gi represents the values of karate-do. In traditional karate no other colour is permitted. The colour white represents purity of mind. As explained in chapter one, the idea of “kara” as in kara-te refers to “clarity of mind,” the state of mind that prevents nervousness, doubt, and fear from interfering with natural physical movement and rational thought. Whenever the gi is worn for practice, it serves as a reminder of the philosophy of karate-do and its ultimate aim: the perfection of character.
The gi, which consists of jacket and pants, should be loosely fitted to allow freedom of movement. The length of the sleeves should cover about two-thirds of the forearm, and pants two-thirds of the lower leg. Ensure that the jacket is worn with the left side over the right side. Crests, identifying the club or organization, may be worn over the left breast, and one’s name may be written in kanji or katakana on the bottom left lapel, which is tied to the right hip as shown in the above photograph. The length of the belt should hang about two-thirds of the way down from the hips to the knee when standing. If the belt reaches below the knees, it is too long.
Traditional Shotokan Karate Gi worn by
Matt Moody, 5th Dan