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Karate Rules and Regulations

 As a new student in our Karate Beginner’s Program, here are a few things you will need to know.

1                   Classes begin promptly at their scheduled times. If you happen to be late for class, please wait at the door to the training area until a Black Belt bows you into class. Students are not permitted to enter and exit classes at their own will. As a sign of respect, always wait and ask permission for anything you may need to do.

2                   Please remove all jewelry before entering class. We would hate to have your jewelry get broken during exercises and we don’t want anyone else to get cut or injured by a ring, bracelet or other item worn in class.

3                   Please throw all gum or candy in the garbage can before entering the training area.

4                   Students should have proper uniforms for training. A proper uniform consists of karate pants, karate jacket and belt. Rising Sun training T-Shirts are acceptable during training times only. Traditional karate jackets must be worn for promotions, seminars and tournaments. If you do not have your complete karate uniform for class, respectfully ask the instructor in charge if you may train without a complete uniform. (Helpful hint: The instructor will always say yes, provided you state that YOU forgot YOUR uniform and don’t blame it on someone else like your Mom or Dad!)

5                   Belts are to be worn during class times only. We do not wear our belts outside of the Dojo unless it is a Martial Arts function such as promotions, tournaments or demonstrations. All students are to wait until they arrive in the training area to put on their belts and they must remove them before leaving the school.   How to tie your belt in Hinode-Ryu Karate

6                   Training in the Martial Arts is physically and mentally demanding, but FUN! We try to make our training as much fun as possible, however, SAFETY is always our biggest concern. At times there will be training drills that involve contact with other students. Any student that is not executing techniques with control and the safety of their partner is being jeopardized, will be asked to sit down. If they continue to show lack of control and respect, they will be dismissed from that class. Have fun, but be safe!

7                   All Black Belt instructors will be called Sensei. Sensei is a Japanese term for teacher. All of our solid black belts are called Sensei, followed by their first name. (Ex: Sensei Ben) All 1st degree black belt and above is called Sensei, followed by their last name. (Ex: Sensei Hosler) If you forget the Black Belt’s name, use the term Sir or Ma’am. As practice for class, start calling your mom and dad, ma’am and sir.


Uniform instructions:

1                   Please wash your uniform in cold water with no bleach to keep the logo from changing colors.

2                   Uniforms will always come very long. Students may cut and hem the pants with a large hem to be let down when needed. Rolling up the pant legs usually doesn’t work well with all of the physical activity involved with the classes. Uniform tops should have the sleeves folded up to mid forearm. Please do not cut and hem the sleeves. Pants should be hemmed above the ankles.

3                   Never wash your belt!

4                   We will teach you in class how to tie your belts. As a review for practice;

a.     Fold the belt in half and find the center with the two loose ends hanging down.

b.     Place the center of the belt at your Ki (just below your belly button) and wrap the belt behind you, changing hands with the belt until you’re hands are at your hips.

c.      Place the left side over your Ki, then the right side over that.

d.     Tuck the right side up and under both levels of your belt that are covering your Ki.

e.      Switch hands on the belt and pull to make the belt snug.

f.       Cross the left side over the right side and bring the right side over and down through the loop.

g.     Make sure the belt does not twist as you pull it tight.

When finished, the knot in the belt should form a triangle with the small corner facing the right. Remember – we’ll help you in class.

How to tie your belt in Hinode-Ryu Karate


Always check the bulletin board in the front entrance for announcements. Our video newsletter, Hinode-News, is shown in the front reception area.  Review these forms of communication for updates on training and other events hosted by Rising Sun.

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