Each student is responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of respect and harmony in the Dojo.
There is no place for show of power or ego conflicts in the workplace. Aikido is not street fighting and our aim is not to train street fighters. The strength of Aikido does not come from muscular strength, but from flexibility, timing and harmony achieved with humility.
Everyone's mental and physical abilities and reasons for practicing Aikido may be different. Every colleague must respect the reason for his work and take care not to injure anyone.
Every student should follow the teacher's advice and warnings without discussion.
Every student should show respect to older students (sempai).
Greet with respect when entering and exiting the work area and mat.
Your working clothing (keiko-gi) should be clean, fragrant and if necessary repaired.
Do not use other people's private items (bokken, jo, gi, etc.).
A few minutes before the work starts, sit quietly and in line on the edge of the mat, warmed up, and wait for the teacher. In the meantime, prepare yourself to work internally.
The lesson begins and ends with a ceremony. It is important to attend this ceremony. However, in the event of a forced delay, sit on the edge of the mat and take care not to distract others as you enter the class.
The way of sitting on the mat is 'Seiza'. However, if there is any reason preventing this (eg a knee injury, etc.), you can sit cross-legged with the permission of the teacher, but never with your legs stretched out or leaning against the wall or poles with disrespectful manners that do not suit the Dojo. do not sit still. You must be awake at all times, even while sitting.
Do not leave the mat during operation. Of course, it is possible to stop working by notifying the teacher in case of an injury or illness, but you should not forget that you are studying a martial art.
When the teacher stops working, take a break immediately, after greeting your colleague, quickly clear the middle of the study area and sit aside.
While the teacher demonstrates the technique to be practiced, sit in Seiza on the edge of the mat and watch with your full attention and do not focus on other distractions. 'Grabbling' technique by sight is an important part of learning. After the teacher's explanation is finished, greet him and then greet your colleague and get to work. Even if the teacher has demonstrated a technique differently than you have seen others before, practice it as shown in this lesson.
If the teacher takes a special interest in a student during the study, the people in that department should take a break from the study and sit down and carefully follow the teacher's explanations. After the explanation is over, even if the teacher has turned his back, greet him and continue studying.
Never wander around indifferently while working, be on the go at all times, if you are waiting for your turn, sit on the sidelines and watch your friends. Try to do your best in each study, remember that you are studying a martial art and what it means.
If for any reason you need to ask the teacher something, go to him - never call him from afar with e-arm gestures - wait for him to take care of you by greeting. Ask your question briefly when he gives you permission to speak. After receiving a response, even if he has turned his back, give a greeting and thank you and return to your seat quietly and continue with your work.
If your colleague doesn't know or is making mistakes in the technique you are currently practicing, guide him by doing the right thing, but never try to correct or lecture him. In the meantime, don't expect your friend to learn and practice immediately what he isn't ready to learn yet, and respect his or her learning effort.
Respect the students (sempai) who are older than you, do not argue with them. You came here to learn Aikido, not to get your ideas accepted.
For whatever reason, keep talking time on the mat very short. Aikido is learned by experience and practice over and over.
Do not occupy the study area before and after the lesson. The study area is for students who want to work.
No eating or drinking, chewing gum or smoking is allowed on the mat during class or outside of class hours.
Participate in the dojo cleanup before and after class. Each student is responsible for keeping the dojo clean.
You should not have any jewelry on you during the work. Jewelry can harm not only you, but also your colleagues.
Do not practice Aikido if you have been drinking alcohol. Never drink alcohol or smoke while wearing work clothes.