Class Rules

Dojo & Mat Etiquette

The code of conduct applies to all members of Activ8 Self Defence and, unless specifically stated, it shall apply at all times, both inside and outside the dojo.
Any member found violating the code of conduct through unacceptable actions or behaviour will be subject to disciplinary action.

A member must exercise respect, self-restraint and humility at all times.
Techniques are NOT to be used indiscriminately, for showing off or as an initial form of aggression.

Techniques are ONLY to be used in a genuine self-defence situation.
A member must not bring discredit to Activ8 Self Defence.

A member must not act in an intentionally violent or harmful manner.
A member will not train under the influence of any intoxicating, performance enhancing or illicit substances.

Substance abuse will not be tolerated and a member will automatically have their membership of Activ8 Self Defence permanently revoked if they do so.

Members will not swear or use any form of bad language within the dojo and they should not engage in idle talk or frivolous behaviour.
Training must be brisk and sincere.

Entering and leaving the Dojo

A student must bow at the door of the dojo as they enter or leave.
If a student wishes to interrupt a class, they must wait at the side of the mat for an appropriate moment, then approach and bow to the Sensei in charge.

After the interruption, the student must bow to the Sensei.

If a student arrives late or wishes to leave early from a class, they must approach the Sensei in charge and give a reason.

If a student wishes to leave the dojo for a short period of time they must approach the Sensei in charge, ask to be excused and give a reason.



No watches, jewellery or adornments of any nature are to be worn while a person is on the mat. New ear-piercing studs will be permitted until such time as they may be removed.
No footwear is to be worn or brought onto the mat at any time.

A gi must be clean and in good general condition with no rips or tears. A torn gi is potentially dangerous in that joints or limbs might be injured if they are caught in a tear during training.
All of a gi must be worn, with the jacket under the belt, during opening and closing ceremonies and at presentations.
All of a gi must be worn at all times by a student participating in a grading.
A belt of the appropriate level is to be worn at all times on the mat and during a lesson.
On the mat a student must kneel on one knee when tying or adjusting their belt


Cleanliness must be observed at all times in the interests of health and safety for all.

The body and hair must be clean, especially hands and feet.

Fingernails and toenails are to be clean and cut short.

The chewing of gum, eating, drinking or smoking are not permitted in the dojo.
A student must wear footwear when not on the mat, particularly when leaving to use the toilets.

Injury and Blood

Blood that falls onto the mat must be immediately cleaned away before training can continue in that area.

A student that is carrying an injury must inform a Chief Instructor so that the Chief Instructor may give alternative exercises to the student to prevent further aggravation of the injury.

Injuries that occur during training must be reported immediately to a Chief Instructor for evaluation and/or treatment.

An injured person must be immediately removed from the mat and the injury treated where the skin is broken and blood is present.

An injured person will not be allowed to return to the mat until the injury has stopped bleeding, been cleaned and properly dressed to prevent further injury and/or loss of blood.

All bloodstained clothing must be removed from an injured person before they are allowed to return to the mat.

Bloodstained clothing, particularly a gi, must be properly cleaned before they are worn in the dojo.