:: Syllabus > Etiquette


1) Judoka must never use Judo outside of the Dojo except as a last resort in self-defence.

2) Judoka must be punctual at all times.

3) Judoka must rei (bow) when they enter or leave the Dojo.

4) Judoka must obey the Instructor and Senior members.

5) Judoka must not engage in idle talk when on the tatami and remain quiet and attentive when not in training.

6) Judoka should always be courteous and helpful to each other.

7) Judoka must perform a standing rei when stepping on to the tatami and step on to the tatami with the left foot first (Stepping off can be either foot).

8) Always rei to your partner before and at the end of each practice.

9) Never adjust your gi facing Kamiza or sit down (in front of) with your feet facing Kamiza.

10) If a Judoka is late, the instructor’s permission should be sought before stepping onto the tatami (The instructor should not be interrupted if he or she is speaking, but a suitable pause should be awaited).

11) Instructors should, if a higher grade steps on to the tatami, defer to the higher grade and ask if he or she wishes to “take over”


Starting Class

At the beginning of the session, as you rei to Senseis you should say:

“O negashimas sensei/s”

This is pronounced – ON EGGA ISH IM AS SEN SAY/S

Roughly translated means: “Please will you give us your knowledge teacher/s”

During Class

Each time you finish working with a partner, when you rei say:

“Domo” Which means “Thank you”.

Finishing Class

At the end of the session as you rei to the Sensei/s you should say:

“Domo Arigato Gozamashita sensei/s”


Roughly translated means: “Thank you very much for giving us your knowledge teacher/s”.

Before leaving the mat at the end of the session you should turn and face the other students and say “Domo Arigato” which means “Thank you very much” and is for the help and assistance they gave as a Uki to you whilst training.


Statement of Intent

It must be remembered that the practising of a martial art can be potentially dangerous to both the student and the instructor. Biggin Hill Judo Club strives to provide a safe environment for the practising of martial arts within its dojo.

It achieves this by conforming to the NAKMAS policies of ‘Codes of Ethics and Conduct’, ‘Child Protection Guidelines’ and ‘Martial Art Code of Safety’.

The club is fully insured through NAKMAS and all Instructors and Assistant Instructors are registered and police checked.

The club and its Instructors operate an equal rights policy where all practitioners will be treated equally, within the context of their activity and ability, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, culture, religion, political persuasion or sexual orientation.

Basic Health and Hygiene Rules.

1. Judoka must keep their bodies clean and finger and toe nails trimmed.

2. Judoka must keep their judogi clean and in good repair and correctly fitted. (Rolled up sleeves and trousers to be avoided)

3. Judoka must not wear rings, earrings, wristwatches or body piercings when training.

4. Judoka must wear zoris, slippers or light shoes when off the tatami. When stepping onto the tatami, zoris etc should be arranged neatly in pairs along the edge of the tatami.

5. Judoka must report any injury they have to the senior grade prior to training.

6. All accidents that happen in the dojo or on the tatami must be reported immediately to the senior grade.