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When entering or leaving the Dojo, students should bow in the direction of O Sensei's picture on the Kamiza. This is tradition and is the way of showing respect to the founder of Aikido.
Shoes are to be removed and placed neatly in a row. When approaching the mat, students should bow respectfully to the Kamiza.
Students should assemble quietly at least five minutes before the class is scheduled to start. It is recommended that all students kneel (sit in seiza) in meditation and await the Instructor's arrival on the tatami.
When the Instructor comes on to the tatami, he and the students will bow towards the picture of O Sensei. The students then bow to the instructor, formally opening the class.
It is proper to ask the permission of the Instructor to practice when arriving late, or leaving early.
Students should never sit with their backs to the Kamiza, nor should they pass between the Instructor and the Kamiza.
When approaching the Instructor on the tatami, whether you ask him, or he calls you, bow first and at the end. Never yell out Sensei and/or beckon for Instruction - go up to him and bow.
Once engaged in the practice of Aikido, clear your mind of everything but the lesson given and the principles of Aikido.
ETIQUETTE IN THE DOJO
It is very important that everyone understands and abides by the rules of the dojo, to ensure the smooth running and harmonious atmosphere whilst receiving instruction. These traditions have been handed down through the ages and should be accepted as part of your training.