Attitude and commitment

A willingness to learn, a respect for those able to offer tuition, a respect for fellow students and a preparedness to work hard will ensure satisfaction for all students.

RULES: All major organizations have rules, and we are no exception. The major rules are available here. Study them carefully, they are there to maintain order and safety.

SAFETY: The recognized signal for release of a technique is a tap to your, body. Alternatively you may exclaim "submit". This signals to your opponent to release the technique immediately. Remember that safety is a prime concern at our Academy.

ETIQUETTE: To maintain a degree of authenticity and traditionalism we observe certain oriental customs as pertaining to the Martial Arts. This includes salutations which portray respect for the instructor, the art and your opponent. You are advised to observe others and do what is obviously correct.

TECHNIQUE: Although the word "technique is often used to describe each defense, it is important not to focus to much on only one movement. Consider the word technique to mean "possibility", for our ultimate goal is to react spontaneously, flowing from movement to movement without conscious thought. The mind therefore should not become static and fixed upon only one solution as the word "technique" tends to imply.

AGGRESSION: There is no need to prove yourself in the dojo or in the street. The dojo is a place of learning, of effort, of striving for improvement. Ego has no place in the dojo.

TENACITY: There are two pitfalls that all students regardless of rank should avoid.

a) Boredom. There is a common tendency among beginners to tire of repeating the same technique over and over again. Boredom will usually set in between the third and sixth month for the beginning student. This is a period when the student is building his foundation by learning fundamental techniques and building power. Impatience, lack of self confidence, inability to perceive improvement and just plain physical fatigue can combine to cause psychological and physical ennui. After the seventh month however the student begins to learn ways in which he or she can gauge their rate of improvement. The best way to combat boredom is to attend class requlary and develop resolve to attain a specific goal.

b) Lack of thoroughness. To often students sacrifice thoroughness in the learning process, because they tend to lose patience and insist on progressing to a higher technique before mastering the previous one. Students should realize that it is extremely important for them to know one single technique until it becomes reflexive before progressing to the next. The secret to attaining a Black Belt is a simple one, learn thoroughly each technique step by step, not only developing a physical reflexive action, but developing mental concentration as well.