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School Policy

MAI emphasizes the character building aspects of karate. Respect for one's self, family, instructors and staff is expected. The concepts taught can be summarized by the following words:

MAI Code of Bushido

  1. Benevolence
  2. Courage
  3. Sincerity
  4. Self Control
  5. Honor
  6. Character
  7. Effort

Following the guidelines below will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. If you have any questions, please ask your instructor or any of the MAI staff.

Respect and Conduct

  1. A respectful attitude towards your Senseis (instructors), Sempais (assistant instructors) and fellow students is the basis of your training and must always be extended.

  2. Students represent MAI and must conduct themselves accordingly.

  3. Students must never be boastful or egotistical about their abilities by either word or action; belittling of fellow students will not be tolerated.

  4. Students will work together and display a cooperative attitude. Those causing dissent will be reprimanded and risk expulsion from the school.

  5. Kumite (free fighting) is not permitted without the presence and permission of the Sensei in charge. No weapons training can take place without a senior Sensei's presence and permission.

  6. All students must use controlled and "legal / acceptable" techniques when sparring or grappling. Be mindful of other student's abilities and work together to master the techniques being presented. You are equally responsible for your own safety and wellbeing and for that of any opponent in the dojo.

Dojo Etiquette

  1. Please enter the dojo quietly so as not to disturb classes in session. Parents, please whisper in the seating area. Students, bow upon entering or leaving the dojo, showing respect to your school and fellow students.

  2. Students are expected to be ready to start class on time. Please give yourself enough time to scan your finger or card and begin warm ups. If you arrive early, students are to be seated in the designated student seating area. Students are to sit with their legs crossed and quietly watch any class that may be in session.

  3. Late students should check at the front desk and ask for a Sensei's permission to enter class with as little disruption as possible.

  4. It is customary to line up single file, with the higher rank to your right. (It is inappropriate to cut through rank lines.)

  5. There is no talking in class unless directing a question to the Sensei or Sempai in charge.

  6. Students should not lean against the dojo walls or lay on the floor. When seated, it is customary to sit with your legs and feet tucked underneath you.

  7. If your belt (obi) or uniform (gi) comes untied during training, it is customary to ask permission from your Sensei before turning away and making adjustments.

  8. Use of profanity is strictly prohibited. There is no smoking, eating, drinking or chewing gum inside the dojo. Electronic toys or disruptive games may not be used in the dojo. Students are not allowed to be outside of the dojo, without a parent.

Dress Code

  1. Only MAI-style uniforms (gi's) or MAI T-shirts (during summer) are to be worn while training. T-shirts must be tucked inside gi pants. Please wash and iron your gi on a regular basis.

  2. Students should wear proper undergarments. Female students should wear a MAI T-shirt under their gi top. Protective equipment (including mouthpiece) must be worn for kumite practice. Males must wear protective groin cup during training.

  3. Personal hygiene is required. Fingernails/toenails must be kept clean and trimmed. Please use deodorant, if necessary.

  4. For the safety of all, no jewelry is allowed. This includes removing earrings, necklaces, watches, bracelets and rings. If you can't remove a ring, please be sure it is adequately taped and/or padded.

  5. For reasons of safety and uniformity, all martial arts supplies (uniforms, pads, weapons, t-shirts, etc.) must be purchased through this M.A.I. location. You will be told to return any items not purchased through the dojo. In addition, weapons must be approved before use on the dojo floor.
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