Dojo Etiquette

c-1• Always bow in and out of the Dojo. Always bow to your partner before and after an exercise.

• Shoes should be removed before stepping into the Dojo.

• When late for class, bow in, do 10 push ups, and wait for the instructor to bow you in.

• Always address the head instructor as Sensei.

• Always pay strict attention to the instructor and not to other distractions.

• Never leave the class for a break, water, or any early dismissal, except with permission.

• Students should remove all jewelry before class, for their own safety and that of others.

• No smoking, profanity or gum in the Dojo.

• Practice what you are taught.

• No sparring allowed without permission (ask an instructor for permission). Students must wear full protective equipment.

• Never lose your temper in the Dojo, especially in self-defense, or free sparring.

• Students must always keep their finger and toenails clipped and clean.

• No horseplay in the Dojo.

• Do not use the equipment unless authorized by an instructor. Do not borrow another person’s equipment without his/her permission.

• Never talk during class except to ask or answer questions, or to discuss martial arts.

• Do not ask to test. Your instructor will always inform you when you are ready.

• As a sign of respect and responsibility, dues should be paid on time.

• If you are the last to leave the Dojo, lock the front door and turn off the lights.

Classes at Moon Dragon are great — my son is  a student.  

There are several black belts associated with the school, but most of the classes are taught by Master Allyson who is great with her students and has been a long-time contributor to the growth of the style.  As a result, she is great technically, as well as is able to help everyone understand why things are done one way or another.  All the students get individual attention, and it shows — not everyone is a natural athlete, but everyone looks sharp.  It’s great having all the other black and brown belts to learn from, and the school is a nice, safe, supportive community.  

There are adult students as well as a tweens class, and it is a wonderful mix. The kids are so physical, but fun and a little silly, while the adults are a little less physical but more grown up in their approach to learning — and everyone learns from and looks out for each other.

Leslie L.


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