The ethos of Karate is the development of the character through the development of the body, and the instructor has a great responsibility to uphold this tradition. The instructor must ensure that all students in their charge adhere to the following code of conduct ...

Dojo Etiquette


  • All members must bow when entering or leaving the dojo.
  • Junior grades must bow to senior grades first.
  • Instructors should be referred to as Sensei or by their appropriate title, and not by name.
  • Nails must be kept short enough to avoid causing injury to other members.
  • Jewellery and watches must not be worn. If it is not possible to remove items of jewellery then they must be covered to make them safe.
  • Students must be punctual for class and wait for the start in an appropriate manner.
  • If a student is late for class they must warm up away from the class and then wait at the front and side of the class until permission to join in is given by the senior grade.
  • Students must inform the school if they are not able to attend a class.
  • Students must walk around the edge of the dojo.
  • No food or drink may be consumed within the dojo /training area.
  • No smoking is allowed in the dojo.
  • The use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour will lead to expulsion from school.
  • Students must ensure that they have an up to date martial arts licence.

THE ABOVE RULES ALSO APPLY TO COMPETITIONS

Suits , Belts and Equipment.


  • It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that their Karate suits (Gi) fit correctly and are in a good state of repair. Gi must be clean at all times and any turn-ups sewed on inside. Rolled up Gi sleeves and/or trousers are not acceptable as they are a safety risk to the wearer and others. All students must wear gi bearing the approved school logo badge.
  • Belts must be worn AT ALL TIMES.
  • Only approved sparring equipment may be used in the school.

Training at other dojo


  • Students may train at other dojo provided they first seek the permission of the Chief Instructor.
  • Any student who trains at another dojo does so as a representative of Sunderland Karate Central, and should act accordingly.

Grading Requirements


  • The minimum period of training between Kyu Grades is 3 months.
  • The minimum amount of training session is 20 sessions (6 months and 40 sessions for anyone attempting Black Belt 1st Dan or a Junior Black Belt grade).
  • All students must attend a grade assessment prior to being allowed to grade (usually the Sunday before the date of the grading). Failure to do so will result in the student not be allowed to take the grading.
  • Any Kyu grade out of training for more than 4 months will be asked to re-sit their last grade.
Karate may be referred to as the conflict within yourself, or a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training, and your own creative efforts.
Shoshin Nagamine (founder of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate)

Traditional Shotokan Karate tuition for all

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Our Club
Sunderland  Karate Central

Our Association
Dokan Karate Association

Our Art
Karate-do

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