Dojo Etiquette

  1. Students will face the Dojo, bow, and say "OSU" upon entering and leaving the dojo.
  2. Proper respect will be shown to all senior belts.
  3. Prior to addressing a senior belt, students will bow and say "OSU".
  4. Instructors will be addressed in the following manner:
    • SHIHAN 5th Dan and above
    • SENSEI 3rd and 4th Dan
    • SEMPAI 1st and 2nd Dan
  5. No shoes are to be worn on the dojo floor.
  6. Students will warm up with a minimum of noise before classes.
  7. No student will leave the class without permission from the instructor.
  8. Only a clean white dogi will be worn and any rips or tears must be repaired promptly.
  9. Fingernails and toenails must be kept trimmed short; students must be clean.
  10. Any jewellery must be removed prior to training for safety reasons.
  11. Talking during class or any other distractions will not be tolerated.
  12. Students will refrain from gossip and disparaging remarks about other schools or styles of Martial Arts.
  13. All students shall conduct themselves, both inside and outside of the dojo, in such a way as to reflect favourably on the Canadian Organization of Karate IKO Sosai.
  14. If a student of Goudreault Dojo goes to another city and wishes to visit another school belonging to IKO Sosai Organization, he must first ask permission from Sensei Laurier, who will contact the respective school.

Dojo Etiquette for Parents

  1. Parents are not allowed to enter the Dojo.
  2. Please do not engage in conversation at the entrance of the Dojo. If needed, you could move away such that you do not disturb the conduct of classes.
  3. Do not try to get the attention of your child during classes.
  4. If you bring other children (non-students) to the Dojo, you are responsible of keeping them calm and stopping them from distracting the class in any way.
  5. When you are in the Dojo, please address the instructors by their title - Sensei, Sempai - in order to not confuse children who are following the Dojo protocol.
  6. If you need to talk to the director of the school, please do so outside of class hours. He will be happy to discuss any topic of concern with you.


The grading of students is at the discretion of the director of the school.

However, be advised of the following criteria based on which students are evaluated by the director of the school:

  • First grading occurs after a minimum of three months of training in regular classes (special classes are excepted)
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Effort and attention during classes
  • Number of hours invested in practicing for a grading examination
  • Individual progress. The director of the school pays particular attention to personal capacity and judges each one individually according to each one's progress.

Students should have in mind that what is rewarded through grading is the effort to overcome oneself and the dedication to learning illustrated through improvement of one's athletical abilities, and not these athletical abilities themselves (i.e. talent, natural inclinations, etc.).

As children's development is different than that of adults, and gradings may occur for different age groups at the same time, parents are kindly invited to discuss with the director of the school, Sensei Laurier, any concerns or questions they might have prior to examination.