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In the martial arts the development of the whole person is just as important than the development of one's physical and technical prowess. The practice of etiquette has long been held in high regards. Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan says; Karate begins and ends with courtesy. In other words, without proper etiquette there is no karate. Etiquette is like karate-do; it is something that is not of any style but universal to all styles.

But what exactly is karate etiquette?

Etiquette is simply a sign of respect; from student to teacher, teacher to student, practitioner to dojo, and dojo to the art itself. This respect should be a permanent train throughout your karate and in your everyday life.

A dojo is one of the few places in the world where people of various backgrounds can come together and try to improve together. For this reason we need etiquette. For both respect and safety. Etiquette is, after all, a built in safety feature; if we have no respect for others, how can we have respect for ourselves? A lack of respect for your opponent can quite easily result in an accident.

The dojo is a training hall, or more accurately put, the dojo is the place (jo) where one seeks the way (do) to personal achievement through the martial arts