Respectful Guidelines while Training

Training etiquette is very important to creating a disciplined and focused student as well as environment. In the Training Hall at Elevo Dynamics it is important for students to understand how to take care of the environment. Below is a list of etiquette guidelines to ensure a respectful and healthy environment.


  • A student should never walk on the mat with shoes, unless specified for training (Tabi or wrestling shoes are okay).
  • A student should never ring or touch the bell unless given permission by the instructor. The one exception is if the instructor has been delayed and can’t make it to start class on time. At that point the highest ranked student assume responsibility and starts class.
  • A student should never drag their belt on the floor or use it as a play toy. If it falls off in class it should be picked up and hung on the belt rack in the training hall. The student will retrieved their belt before they line up, upon the ringing of the bell, at the end of class. They will then drape it over their shoulders and line up for class.
  • A student should never use the dojo weapons unless given permission by staff. Students should have their own weapons and bring them to class during Weapons Week.
  • A student should never eat candy or chew gum while training.
  • Always introduce yourself to a new member of the Training Hall and any guests entering the Dojym.
  • An Elevo Dynamics t-shirt should always be worn underneath a Gi top. The color of the t-shirt should be the authorized color for the program the participant is in.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early for class to stretch and focus your mind.
  • If you arrive less than 10 minutes late, quietly put your stuff in the dressing room, do 20 Squats on the Grey Carpet, salute towards the Kamiza and respectfully come onto the mat.  Always line up at the END OF THE LINE (even if you are higher in rank).
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late please do not join the class.  At this point, it is best to just wait for a later class or take a make-up class.
  • If a student’s belt falls off during class he/she should pick it up and place it on the belt rack near the training hall equipment closet (this should be done quickly). At the end of class when the bell rings the student should grab their belt and drape it over their shoulders



Class Preparedness

At the beginning of every class a student should make sure that they are dressed properly and professionally. Their uniform Jacket should be neatly pulled down, the drawstring on their pants and their t-shirt should be tucked into their pants. The student’s belt should be tied properly. If a student forgets his/her belt they have to let the instructor know and receive permission to participate in the class. If this is not a repeated issue the instructor may allow the student to participate after the student performs a mandatory 30 squats. This is the same process for if a student forgets any piece of their uniform.

Note:If the student continues to have issues with forgetting or loosing their uniform then it could hinder their progression when it comes to stripe week.


During weapons week class preparedness is also very important. All students are required to have their own training tools for weapons week. If you are new to a training level we realize that you may not have purchased your training tool from the front desk. In this instance you can use one of the facilities weapons. However after your first month in a new level we expect you to get your own weapon. Failure to bring your weapon will result in a mandatory 30 squats. Continued lack of preparedness for a class will hinder a student’s progression.

Class Safety

Safety during training is of the utmost importance. Since martial arts training in it’s nature can be dangerous there are certain guidelines that we have to follow to lower the risk of injury.

  • Shocks should not be worn on the mat because they could cause a student to slip and fall.
  • A student should never wear jewelry in class.
  • A student should never chew gum or any other substance during class.
  • When working with others a student should always keep their partner’s feelings and safety in mind; not everyone moves at the same pace. If a partner is continually to aggressive step in and ask them to focus on controlled movement at a comfortable intensity for their partner.
  • When using training tools such as a Bo or Sword, a student should be sure that they are clear of other people, glass and columns.


The Training Hall belongs to every student. It is a place where they will learn life-changing skills for the betterment of their society. Helping to keep the training hall clean and neat is a part of tradition as well as personal growth. A clean training hall shows that students have as much pride in their school as they do their training. This undoubtedly translates over into a student’s personal life outside the training hall and it builds strong character. In addition to cleaning up after their self, a student should complete Acts of Service (explained in the Promotion Process section). These actions show humility, leadership, commitment, and above all – respect for the Training Hall. Acts of Service are explained in detail in the Promotion and Progress Section.