From Sensei Part I



  • As a spectator you must never enter a competition area or interfere in a karate class.
  • Don’t force an unwilling child to take part in karate lessons/competitions.
  • Encourage your child always to behave, show correct etiquette and abide by the rules.
  • Young people are involved in organized karate for their enjoyment – not yours.
  • Teach your child to treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of their gender, ethnic origin or cultural background.
  • Never ridicule or shout at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Teach your child that effort, etiquette and spirit are as important as victory, so that the result of each competition is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal, physical and racist abuse from any Karate Group.
  • Turn defeat into victory by helping young people towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
  • Remember that young people learn best by example.
  • Don’t question publicly the judgment of competition officials and never their honesty.
  • Recognize the value and importance of volunteer instructors and administrators – they give their time, energy and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.
  • Insist on fair and disciplined behaviour – don’t tolerate cheating or foul language.


  • Remember the students are training and competing for their enjoyment not yours.
  • No spectators, on any account, may enter a training area/competition area unless authorized to do so.
  • Be on your best behavior at all times. Don’t use foul, language or harass competitors, instructors or competition officials.
  • Verbal abuse of students, instructors or officials is not acceptable in any shape or form.
  • Acknowledge good technical skills, spirit and etiquette from all students and competitors.
  • Condemn the use of malicious violence aimed at injuring an opponent.
  • Don’t ridicule students who make mistakes.
  • At competitions, show respect for opponents and officials. Without them there would be no competition.

Don’t overemphasize the importance of winning


    • Treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation.
    • Know and abide by the rules of ISKF Karate Group, including competition rules.
    • Accept the decisions of competition officials without question or complaint (let your club instructor ask the necessary questions) and avoid words or actions which may mislead a Competition Official.
    • Respect your instructors and competition officials at all times.
    • Exercise self-control at all times and don’t use illegal or dangerous tactics/techniques.
    • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during training.
    • Learn to accept success and failure, victory and defeat with humility and dignity respectively and without excessive emotional displays.
    • Treat your fellow students, instructors and competition officials with respect and consideration at all times – treat them, as you yourself would like to be treated.
    • Don’t use foul, language at any time.
    • Try to be a role model for junior karateka and acknowledge the good techniques shown by other students.
    • Student must be aware of the competition area, and never lay on the floor near the performance.
    • Remember that the aim of karate is to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
    • At the end of a competition applaud and thank your opponents and the competition officials.


2 thoughts on “From Sensei Part I

  1. october long weekend…marks a deep feeling for me as i have laid my most sacred brother to his final physical rest…i miss and pray for his spirit to forever give me the release of these tormental tributes……..being instinctural is more then trying to be animal……its easier to try and be instinctual………being three months from 2 years training with sensei carter……would be like,trying to build without starting…….i have never felt more of a connection as i do with this dojo……and give thanks to all that i have found this!!!!………………..jim stanley a giving participant of shotokan karate “………

  2. my friend and kinship brother………..ever since i left our sensie to come and train with you……i have not hardly thought once to go back to funakoshi. i am where i am suppose to be in my mind. it has been one year for me and i just can’t imagine why not sooner.well i do know the reason. things will appear when the time is right. fighting is one thing and we both know our own experiences in this stage. if i may quote funakoshi”the ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat.but in the perfection of the character of the participant”.my character has taken a beatingfrom a world of new ideas and contributors from your dojo. and without karate you and i would not have met………truely a life altering martial art………any support i have is yours for the asking………shee shee.

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