Red Sun Academy

Red Sun Academy

School  of  Martial Arts


Why do we have rules?

Rules provide safety, a sense of predictability, and consistency.  

Rules help us become disciplined, and tames our monkey-mind

when our thoughts and behaviors become too wild or lazy.

Without rules, things would be chaotic.


1. Always bow upon entering and leaving the dojo.

2. No shoes are to be worn in the dojo. Shoes are to be placed neatly by your gym bag in the hall, or on the window sill. If you see other shoes in disorder, please place them in order.

3. Bow to your Sensei and any other black belt when you first see them, inside the dojo and also, out in public.

4. Contact Sensei if you are to miss a week or more of classes.

5. Do not arrive to class late.  If you do, stand to the side and wait for Sensei to bow you in.  Do not simply join class if you arrive late.

6. Do not come to class sick. Sharing is nice, but please don't share your illness.

7. Keep fingernails and toenails short to prevent injury and infection to other students when training together.

8. No cursing, horseplay, or display of anger in the dojo.

9. Always address Sensei as “Ma'am” or “Sensei.”  For example, never ask “May I get a drink of water.” Instead, ask “May I get a drink of water, Sensei.”  Never simply answer  “Yes,”  answer “Yes Sensei.”  Never say "Yeah" or "uh-huh" or any such casualness in class.

10. When Sensei or a senior ranking student gives you instruction or advise, respond by saying, "thank you sir!" (or ma'am).  Always acknowledge that you have heard the advise and thank them.

11. Always yield to senior ranking students.  For example, if a senior student is behind you at the entrance, let him go in first.  Let them drink first at the water fountain.  Etc.

12. If you need to adjust your uniform during class, please turn around to do so.

13. SPARRING: When sparring, it is mandatory for all yellow belts and above to wear sparring gear (gloves, boots, mouthpiece, headgear, and groin protection for males).  White belts do not spar. Contact is light for yellow through purple belts.  For brown and black belts, heavy contact is permitted only if Sensei is present and chest protectors are worn.  Only very light contact is permitted to the headgear.  No contact is allowed to the neck or back.

14. When you are sitting to the side during class and another student is training, do not talk or do anything to distract that person.

15. When sitting in class, do not sit with your legs stretched out.  Sit properly.

16. When using the training equipment, handle it with care.

18. Martial arts should never be used to show off.

19. Never allow your belt to touch the floor when you are not wearing it.  You've worked hard for your belt and have earned it; treat it with respect.

20. Do not wash your belt, as it contains your spirit.

     (PLEASE wash your uniform, but not your belt!)

21. Do not ask Sensei when you will be testing next.

22. No jewelry at all is to be worn during class.

Honor through the Martial Arts