The Sports Hub, Holford Drive Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom
When the Instructor is teaching a pair of students, it is not necessary for others to sit down and watch unless he says to. It is preferable to keep practicing.
Your partner is not your opponent. Techniques are learned through him/her and with him/her. It should be a pleasure to be thrown as well as to throw. Each movement in Aikido teaches the principles and spirit of Aikido and should be practiced sincerely.
When changing partners during class, you should acknowledge both the partner you are leaving as well as your new partner with a bow.
Care should be taken to be aware of the ability of your partner, so that no injuries occur.
At the end of class, the instructor and students bow to O Sensei's picture, and then the students bow to the instructor and to each other. Students should wait until the instructor has left the tatami before getting up from seiza.
A few don'ts:- Lie on the tatami, lean against the walls, sit with your legs stretched out, wear rings or watches, chew gum, have long finger or toe nails, wear dirty or torn Keikogi, leave the mat for water etc.
Keep in mind the Dojo refers not only to the mat, but to the entire area inside the building. Maintaining quiet and practicing courtesy in the Dojo pertains to all areas in the building.
When observing class, spectators should remain quiet out of respect for the Instructor and the practicing students.
Please turn all mobile phones off during class, unless agreed first with the Instructor.
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.