It is important to realize that there are currently four major branches of Shorinryu Karate practiced in the world today, Kobyashi-Ryu, Shobyashi-Ryu, Matsubyashi Ryu and Matsumura Saito. In the Shorinkan we practice Kobyashi Shorin-Ryu. The Shorinkan is headed by Hanshi Shugoro Nakazato Sensei, a man who is literally considered an intangible cultural asset of Karate by the Japanese government.
By Nevil Craig Why do we have etiquette? Good etiquette should make for good karate. It should play an important part in karate training. It is pure common courtesy something which, unfortunately, is missing from certain areas of life today and should not be interpreted or considered as an act of subservience.
Mutual respect is also important in karate and applying the principles of etiquette inside and outside the dojo is certainly recommended. Having said this those who have no problem with practising etiquette inside the an outside the dojo must have a certain amount of respect for those who have difficulty or discomfort in practising some of the etiquette required in the dojo, outside the dojo.
Studying karate is much more than learning to perfect a variety of techniques and really requires an understanding of the cultural and historical background which have rise to the conventional code of conduct. The importance of culture, tradition and philosophy in karate are readily expressed by the conventional code of conduct which emanated from, inter alia, the ancient traditions of Okinawa and Japan.
There are numerous styles of karate and each probably has their own way in which they practice etiquette but the practice hereinafter mentioned basically relate to Shotokan Karate.
Dojo and other etiquette in Shotokan Karate Entering the dojo Before you enter the dojo training hall you should remove all outer clothing leaving on only your gi training suitbelt and perhaps slippers.
Any slippers should be removed once inside the dojo. If there are any senior grades entering the dojo with you, you should allow them to go in first as a sign of respect for their higher grade.
This includes entering or leaving any changing rooms. It is customary on entering the dojo that you bow and say "oss" this word is used in Shotokan Karate as a form of greeting or as a form of acknowledgement or to say "yes" to the front of the dojo and then to your seniors on first seeing them whether they are in the dojo when you enter or they enter the dojo after you.
In days gone by the front wall of the dojo or the wall opposite the door to the dojo would have had a picture of the founder of the school or perhaps style of the martial art concerned.
For those who practised Shotokan Karate this picture would probably have been of Shihan Gichin Funakoshi - the father of modern day karate. You should always bow and "oss" when your sensei or any other black belt enters the dojo or walks past you as a sign of respect.
This is an acknowledgement of their experience and dedication and for passing on their knowledge to you when they take a class. It is in fact good practice to bow and "oss" to your seniors should you come across them outside the dojo, perhaps say in the street.
If you arrive late You should always try to arrive at class in time. This is a mark of respect. Late arrival can disrupt the class. In parts of Japan, in days gone by and probably to this dayit was not unusual for instructors to refuse to teach the class if the class was not ready to train on time.
Certain instructors would apparently signify their displeasure by simply walking out of the dojo. However, there are times when one cannot avoid being late for genuine reasons and if you are late you should get changed quickly and warm up outside the dojo being as quiet as you can.
Thereafter enter the dojo quietly, so as not to interrupt the class, bow and "oss" to the front of the dojo and then in the direction of the instructor and then kneel in seiza meditation posture just inside the doorway of the dojo waiting for he instructor to signal to you to join in.
Once the instructor has you to join in answer by bowing and saying "oss sensei" and then stand up and run quickly and quietly to your place in the relevant line in the class, going round or behind the class and not cutting through the class.
You may find that sometimes you are asked to do some press ups before you join the class and this can be seen as a way of saying to the class that you are sorry for being late. Lining up You should always line up in grade order. In a fellow karateka is the same grade then if at all possible line up in the order of the date graded and age with the eldest first.
Always make sure that you are not standing ahead of a senior grade and that your lines are straight lower grades should look to their left to ensure that this is the case.
You should at this point be standing with your heels touching and toes turned out at a 45 degree angle musubi-dachi - informal attention stance and with your hands by your side.
The instructor will then come to the front of the class and usually the senior grade in the line will be asked by the instructor to take the warm up exercises.There are three writing systems in Japanese: Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana.
Beginners of the Japanese language always learn how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana because they are phonetic symbols. The readings of kanji are sometimes written in Hiragana along with the kanji. So once you learn how to read Hiragana, you can read any Japanese.
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