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Club Rules

Last updated: January 2024

  • White judogi only. We do not allow any other colour of judogi at the club.

  • No barefoot off the tatami. When walking from the changing rooms to the dojo, you must wear shoes or flip flops. Equally, shoes/flip flops must be worn from the waiting area to the tatami. If you are found to be walking around barefoot off the tatami you will be asked to sanitise your feet. This is to ensure the tatami remains clean and infections such as staph are prevented.

  • No footwear on the tatami.

  • All students must book in with an instructor before stepping on the tatami.

  • Any students who arrive after the class has started must wait at the side of the tatami and wait for an instructor to let them on.

  • Instructors maintain the right to withdraw any student from the class/club at any given time if the student is found to be disruptive, unfocused, dangerous, un-sportspersonlike or any other reason that is considered to be dangerous to themselves/the wider class. The reasoning for withdrawal is up to the instructor's discretion.

  • Judoka who are legally male may wear a rash guard or t-shirt beneath their judogi if they wish, however, it must be plain white and it must be round necked. No v-necks or low cut tops will be permitted.

  • Judoka who are legally female must wear a rashguard or t-shirt beneath their judogi, however, it must be plain white and it must be round necked. No v-necks or low cut tops will be permitted.

  • All students are required to bow when entering the dojo and before stepping on/off the tatami. This is a long-standing tradition in judo which we keep alive at our club. Students must also bow to one another before and after engaging in the practice.

  • If your religious beliefs do not allow you to bow to other people, the standard compromise accepted by religious judoka around the world is that you nod your head in place of a bow. Within judo, there are many traditions and formalities. The bow is performed as a sign of respect to one another and is a long-standing and integral part of our martial art. These traditions form a platform of equality and allow students from many different origins and backgrounds to all practice in a place of mutual respect and mutual benefit. In the same way that people shake hands when meeting one another, judoka bow to one another to show respect and show that they are equal. Refusing to respect one another rejects all principles of equality and rejects the judo moral code. If a student refuses to accept this compromise they will be withdrawn from practice.

  • If your religion prohibits you from engaging in physical contact with members of the opposite sex, you must let our instructors know so that we can be aware of your situation in order to prevent accidentally pairing you up with a member of the opposite sex. If you are accidentally paired up with someone of the opposite sex, please mention it to an instructor who will re-pair you.

  • We have students competing internationally on the Judo circuit. Therefore, If you are unwell for any reason, or have symptoms of any illness such as a cold, sickness or anything that might be transmissible, you must stay home until you recover. Training with illness is not 'tough'. It is selfish as you will pass your illness onto others and prevent them from training and competing.

  • By training in our dojo you agree to be featured in photos and videos taken during training sessions for marketing and social media purposes.

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