4510 W Pico Boulevard,

Los Angeles, CA 90019

HQ Aikido Kobayashi USA


Dojo Rules

1.  Practice safety first and foremost, and train with awareness.

2.  Address the instructor as “Sensei” (teacher).

3.   Please keep our dojo clean. Leave it cleaner than you found it.

4.   Pay your dues on time.

5.   Excuse yourself to the Sensei if you must leave the mat during class.

6.   For safety purposes, remove all jewelry before practice.

7.  Be aware of other students on the mat and where your partner is falling. Protect your partner(s) and yourself.

8.   If an injury occurs, report it to the Sensei in charge immediately.

9.   Immediately attend to any injury that involves bleeding. It is also important that mat be cleaned right away.

10. Keep your gi (uniform) and body clean, as well as your mind.

11. Do not leave your gi in the dojo; take it home and wash or air out. Mend holes and tears.

12. No eating, no gum chewing, no phone use (calling, texting, charging) in the dojo practice area.

13. Keep your toenails and fingernails trimmed properly.

14. Do not disturb a class in session.

15. Do not use the dojo for any purpose other than regularly scheduled classes unless approved by the Dojo Cho.

16. It is not allowed to solicit fellow dojo members, nor visitors to the dojo, regarding work, nor sales of goods or services,

       whether in or outside of the dojo.

17. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

18. Have fun and enjoy yourself! Be thankful for what you have and smile from the one point.


Dojo Etiquette

The words spoken at the beginning of practice between the students and Sensei are, “Onegaishimasu.” Loosely translated, it is a request, which when spoken by the student means, “Please give me your instruction.” When spoken by the teacher, it means, “Please do what is expected of you,” or “Please receive my instruction.” The words spoken by the student to the Sensei at the end of practice are, “Domo arigato gozaimashita.” “You have my respect and gratitude for what you have just done.” This is the most respectful way of saying thank you. Dojo literally means, “place of the way or learning.”



Bowing is done by the student to demonstrate respect for the founder and his art, the Sensei, the dojo and fellow students.

- Upon entering and leaving the dojo, make a standing bow towards the shomen or center of the dojo.

- Please bow in seated or standing position in the direction of the shomen (front) wall before entering and exiting the mat.

- At the beginning or ending of class, bow simultaneously with your Sensei to the shomen and then to the Sensei.

  1. -When called upon to assist in demonstrating a technique, bow to the Sensei and bow again when done.

  2. -After the demonstration, the class will bow and practice.

- Bow to your partner in seiza, when beginning and ending a practice session. At the end of class, bow to everyone with whom you practiced.

- Please greet all chief instructors of other dojos with a bow.



- Students should sit facing the shomen wall before class starts. If necessary to pass by when people are lined up in seiza facing the shomen, walk in back rather than in front.

- The proper way to sit during class is in seiza – the formal Japanese sitting posture. A cross-legged position is acceptable if seiza is impossible. Inform the Sensei of particular problems with knees or feet that do interfere with the ability to sit in seiza. In any case, an attentive posture should be maintained. Slouching, slumping or leaning is not conducive to practice of balance and centering. Students should not sit with legs outstretched.

- Onegaishimasu (“please” or “I ask a favor”) and Arigato Gozaimashita (“thank you”) are the customary expressions used at the beginning and end of class, respectively.

- The mat should be swept before and after each class. Many dojos will wipe the mats down with freshly rinsed rags in addition to sweeping. It is the students’ responsibility to keep the dojo clean. It should be a place for misogi (purification).

- Offer to fold hakama for Sensei.

- Remove your shoes and leave them neatly in the locker room / shoe rack.


- Please be prompt to classes and wait in seiza before the class starts. If late for a class, please wait in seiza off the mat for the Sensei’s permission to join the class.

- If you must leave the mat, please excuse yourself to the Sensei. It is not necessary to wait for the Sensei’s approval to return to the mat.

- Do not talk or interrupt while the Sensei is lecturing or demonstrating.

- If you plan to not train for an extended period of time, please notify the chief Sensei of your leave of absence.



- Appropriate gi attire and cleanliness, as well as trimmed fingernails are encouraged.

- Only the dojo patches may be worn on gi.

- For safety purposes, please remove all jewelry when training. It is suggested that women wear a shirt underneath their gi.

- Please tie up long hair in an appropriate fashion.

- If your clothing comes untied during training, turn away from the shomen wall and adjust your clothes.

  1. -When putting the jacket on, place the right lapel under the left before putting on your belt.

  2. -If you have any questions concerning attire, please consult with your Sensei.


- Please train with awareness, safety and concern for your partner.

- All practice should be limited to Aikido techniques unless given special permission by the Dojo Cho.

- At all times during practice show proper control, respect and courtesy to your partner and your Sensei.

- Self-control is part of your training. Do not use profanity on the mat.

- It is customary for the lower ranked student to attack first, and give four attacks, alternating right and left.

- If Sensei comes over to help you with a technique during class, bow and thank him or her.

- When the Sensei claps to end the session, sit in seiza in neat line(s).



- Create a positive atmosphere of harmony and respect.

- Respect your dojo, your Sensei, instructors and fellow students; they make your training possible.

  1. -Please remember that we are all representatives of our dojo.

- True victory is victory over oneself.