Red Sun Academy
Red Sun Academy
School of Martial Arts
A NOTE TO BEGINNERS
Entering the Dojo
Bow to Sensei when you first see her.
She will bow back.
Also, bow to any other black belt.
Take your shoes off
before entering the dojo.
The dojo is the training room.
Bow when you first enter the dojo.
Belongings, such as gym bags,
purses, shoes, etc.
are to be neatly placed
either in the hall
outside the training room
or on the window ledge
inside the training room.
Do NOT leave gym bags
on the dojo floor or on the chairs
inside the dojo.
After you enter the dojo,
proceed to practice quietly
before class begins.
Please address the head instructor as Sensei.
Sensei is a Japanese word meaning teacher.
Please address the Assistant Instructors
and any other black belts in the classroom
as Sir, Ma'am, or Sempai.
When you are specifically addressed
by Sensei during class,
please acknowledge by saying
“Yes Sensei” or "Osu!"
(or “Yes Sir!” or “Yes Ma'am!”
to the Assistant Instructors).
Do not worry about
the Japanese and Korean terminology
during your first several months as a student.
When you test for your first belt (yellow belt),
you will not be tested on this terminology.
It is not until you test
for your second belt (orange belt)
that you must know the Asian terminology.
you will have heard these words enough times
that it will seem natural to you.
The best material is learned naturally,
not forced by crammed memorization.
When you enter the dojo
When you're inside the dojo
When you're outside the dojo
Inside the Dojo
PRACTICE IS KEY.
Material taught in the classroom
must be practiced at home.
Ten to fifteen minutes a day
is all it takes.
It is usually quite obvious
to Sensei and the instructors
when a student has not practiced.
you may be struggling with new material.
The instructor expects some confusion
However, when an instructor
has to continually reteach material
to the student,
the student could be learning new material,
if she or he had practiced
and learned the material
that was already presented to them.
Sensei is not irritated by errors at all,
as long as the student is trying.
If for some reason
you must leave the academy
(because you move, become busy at work,
have financial problems,
get involved with other sports, etc.),
please let Sensei know.
It is considered rude
to leave without contacting Sensei beforehand.
Outside the Dojo