Kofukan Karate Dojo Rules
Shoes are never to be worn on the training area. Shoes are to be removed upon entering the Dojo. (Spectators included)
Smoking in the Dojo or near proximity is not permitted at any time. (Spectators included)
Swearing, whistling, loud or rude behaviour in the Dojo is strictly forbidden at all times. (Spectators included)
General conversation is not permitted on the training area while a lesson is in progress.
Spectators or other students are not to interfere with or disturb any student or instructor while a lesson is in progress.
You may not leave the training area during a lesson without first obtaining permission from the instructor in charge of the lesson.
No rings, earrings, studs or jewellery is to be worn by any student or instructor while training. Jewellery that can’t be removed MUST be taped.
You may not stand with hands on hips, arms folded, lean on walls or conduct yourself in a generally untidy and careless manner.
Male students are not to wear T-shirts or singlets under their Dogi. Female students may wear a white T-shirt under their Dogi.
Under NO condition will you be permitted to train under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if the instructor in charge considers you to be physically or mentally unfit to train in the lesson.
Instructors are to be addressed as Shihan, Sensei or Senpai (according to rank) within the Dojo or at another venue any time a lesson, seminar or camp is in progress.
Respect and obedience to your Sensei and Senpai must be observed at all times.
Unless directed to by the Sensei or Senpai, students will not attempt to teach other students in a formal lesson. ONLY the Sensei is to teach during a lesson. It shows good karate spirit to want to help other students but the best way to help other students is to train hard and set a good example for them to follow.
General aims of Kofukan Karate Canterbury
Cultivate good personality and strong character
Preserve correct techniques and katas
Promote friendship among members
Do not make any unnecessary movements
Do not use any unnecessary force
Use the whole body to perform techniques
Start the next movement from the present position
Junior Rank System (under 16 years)
10th Han-Kyu White belt with Red Stripe
10th Kyu Red belt with White Stripe
9th Kyu Red belt
8th Han-kyu Blue belt with White Stripe
8th Kyu Blue belt
7th Han-kyu Yellow belt with White Stripe
7th Kyu Yellow belt
6th Han-kyu Orange belt with White Stripe
6th Kyu Orange belt
5th Han-kyu Green belt with White Stripe
5th Kyu Green belt
4th Han-kyu Purple belt with White Stripe
4th Kyu Purple belt
3rd Han-kyu Brown belt with White Stripe
3rd Kyu Brown belt
2nd Kyu Brown belt with One Black Tab
1st Kyu Brown belt with Two Black Tabs
Shodan 1st Black belt
Senior Rank System
10th Kyu Red Belt with White Stripe
9th Kyu Red Belt
8th Kyu Blue Belt
7th Kyu Yellow Belt
6th Kyu Orange Belt
5th Kyu Green Belt
4th Kyu Purple Belt
3rd Kyu Brown Belt
2nd Kyu Brown Belt with One Black Tab
1st Kyu Brown Belt with Two Black Tabs
Shodan First Black Belt
Nidan Second Black Belt
Sandan Third First Black Belt
Yondan Fourth Black Belt
Godan Fifth Black Belt
Rokudan Sixth Black Belt
Shichidan Seventh Black Belt
Hachidan Eighth Black Belt