Dojo Rules

Judo Matsu Dojo Rules are designed to ensure the safety of all its members. We strive to provide a safe environment where individuals treat each other with respect. The rules are in place to ensure a positive and consistent learning experience for all.


  • Abusive language, threatening and/or intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Mobile phones on silent or off while inside the dojo; and any phone calls must be taken outside the dojo.
  • It is customary (world-wide) to perform a standing bow – this can take place in the following instances:
    • When entering and leaving the dojo and mats
    • At the start and end of class
    • Before engaging in sparring
    • Acknowledging thanks or gratitude toward peer/s.
  • Do not talk while the Coach is teaching.
  • Talking (social/gossip) during class should be kept to a minimum.
  • Respect the dojo and your training equipment.


  • No jewellery, piercings or watches should be worn during training.
  • Long hair needs to be tied up appropriately.
  • Practice what the coach is teaching (unless instructed otherwise).
  • Everyone has different physical abilities and reasons for training – these must be respected. It is your responsibility to cause no injury to your training partner or yourself.
  • If you have an injury, please inform your Coach before commencing the training session.
  • If you sustain an injury please notify your Coach as soon as possible and fill out an Incident Report.
  • Report any inappropriate behaviour you have witnessed or experienced to your Coach immediately.


  • Use change-rooms to change in and out of clothes.
  • Wear shoes or sandals to and from the mat area (especially when going to the bathrooms).
  • Women are expected to wear a high-cut top or rash vests under the Judo Gi Jacket.
  • Members should be clean (be aware of unpleasant body odor).
  • Train in clean clothing and Gi.


  • Fingernails and toenails to be trimmed short.
  • Always wash your hands after going to the bathroom or when touching unsanitary items.
  • No shoes are to be worn on the Judo mats.
  • Do not train when you are sick or feeling sick.
  • Do not train if you have a skin fungus or skin infection.
  • All cuts and abrasions must be covered adequately before commencing training.

Please notify your Coach if you have any questions regarding the Judo Matsu Dojo Rules; or if you have any other matters you need to discuss regarding your training.

Thank you for respecting these rules and making Judo Matsu a great place to train!