In every club and society you have to follow rules. In this dojo we follow two basic rules guide lines. One are the rules from the founder Ueshiba Morihei, which are giving some basic rules how to behave during practice. We also have some rules you should follow to have a good climate in the dojo and during practice.

Dojo etiquette

  1. These simple guidelines are helpful to create a joyful and learning-friendly environment in the dojo.
  2. Please make sure your feet are clean before entering the dojo. Use slippers, socks, etc. outside the mats.
  3. If you have mat-burns please patch them up before practice. You can ask the instructor if you need assistance.
  4. Please remove wristwatches, keys, and jewelry from your body before practice.
  5. Please silence your cell phone before practice.
  6. Please keep conversations to a minimum during practice.
  7. Please try to follow the instructions, and do not start lecturing your fellow beginners.
  8. If you get minor cuts during practice, please wash the mats or clothes for any bloodstains after you have patched yourself up.
  9. Please try to be on time for practice. However, you are always welcome whenever you may arrive. Just sit down at the end of the mats and wait for the instructor to greet you.

O Sensei’s rules for training Aikido

  1. Aikido decides life and death in a single strike, so students must carefully follow the instructor’s teaching and not compete to see who is the strongest.
  2. Aikido is the way that teaches how one can deal with several enemies. Students must train themselves to be alert not just to the front, but to all sides and the back.
  3. Training should always be conducted in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.
  4. The instructor teaches only one small aspect of the art. Its versatile applications must be discovered by each student through incessant practice and training.
  5. In daily practice first begin by moving your body and then progress to more intensive practice. Never force anything unnaturally or unreasonably. If this rule is followed, then even elderly people will not hurt themselves and they can train in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.
  6. The purpose of aikido is to train mind and body and to produce sincere, earnest people. Since all the techniques are to be transmitted person-to-person, do not randomly reveal them to others, for this might lead to their being used by hoodlums.

Dojo etiquette
Dojo etiquette Norwegian
O Sensei’s rules