Dojo Etiquette

  • Students are required to become members of Itten Suginami.
  • Students should notify the instructor of any physical problems.
  • Tuition fees are due on the first day of the month.
  • Students should inform the dojo of absences of one week or more.
  • Students should be on time.
  • Avoid eating or drinking within one hour before class.
  • Never come to training while drunk or intoxicated.
  • Show equal respect for upper as well as lower rank training partners.
  • To show respect for our training space and for ourselves, the dojo should be cleaned before every class.
  • Take initiative to help lower ranks when they need help.
  • Wash your keikogi (uniform) often.
  • Students with long hair should keep their hair braided neatly.
  • Students should keep their nails trimmed (to avoid injury) and feet clean.
  • Leave mobile phones outside the dojo or turned off and in your bag when they must come in with you.
  • If possible, remove all jewelry (necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, etc.) before entering the dojo.
  • Remove your shoes before stepping on to the matt.
  • Bow when entering and leaving the training floor.
  • Always bow to your partner before starting to work out with them.
  • Keep talking to a minimum during class time.
  • Don’t leave the training floor without permission from the instructor in charge.
  • Direct questions and comments to instructors only at proper times during class.
  • The dojo is a place of learning. In order to make good progression, techniques should also be practiced at home.


    If you are unsure of what to do in a particular situation, ask a senior student, or simply follow your senior’s lead.