RULES & REGULATIONS
"World Sansei" Koryu Gojuryu
Karatedo was founded on the principles of honor, courage, respect, and
discipline. The primary goal of the Organization is to promote the
values of our Karate-do.
THE AUTHORITY OF THE ORGANIZATION TO EVALUATE MEMBERS CONDUCT AND STATUS.
A. All members are required to conduct themselves in a manner
that brings honor to the martial arts and WSKGK. The Chairman/Board is
authorized to periodically review each member's status in the
organization. Members whose conduct is seriously unbecoming of a
certified WSKGK member may have his/her membership privileges revoked.
This, seldom used, measure may seem extreme but may be necessary for
the benefit of other members.
MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITY TO: the Organization.
A. "World Sansei" Koryu Gojuryu
Karatedo Organization name and logo are owned by the Organization.
Members are cautioned to use them only for the purposes of
demonstrating rank certification and certifying students.
The WSKGK is dedicated to these Articles and to its
members. We will further strive to maintain the highest standards in
the martial arts.
Membership in the WSKGK is an honor and privilege. All
members are expected to hold the highest standards of respect and
dignity. As a member you are encouraged to take full advantage of the
services of the Organization.
We are all equal under the arts. The only special
consideration given to any member will be the respect afforded to ones
rank. This privilege will be given to each member by each member. It is
only proper that ones accomplishments in the Arts be recognized.
Members should never hesitate to write at any time. Tell
us what you think about the Organization, the martial arts, or even ask
advise about training. We are always available to help you. Some
members may wish to share training tips, philosophy, or articles for
consideration in our newsletter or our forum with the Organization.
Please submit any such information to us at any time. Other membership
benefits may be available; all you have to do is ask.
ISSUED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE
"World Sansei" Koryu Gojuryu Karatedo
The WSGKO is here to service your needs. Members of our
Organization enjoy support and recognition that is not available
anywhere else. Here, any member can initiate open communication with
other members by making himself or herself available through the web
Any member who wishes to become a greater part of the Organizational
community and offer their services and support to other martial artists
is welcome to submit their contact information and photo to the main
office. We are developing a page on the web site that makes easy
contact possible for all members. It is our desire, and that of the
participating members, to create an environment of open sharing and
mutual respect. Every member is requested, but not required, to submit
their contact information for this outreach program.
Code of Ethics
All schools who are members and are recognized from the Accreditation Commission:
All WSKGK members must agree to live by a code of ethics.
Any school seeking accreditation by the in the WSKGK must serve as an
example of this code in daily life. The study of Karate is an endless
journey and an important element of life. Many benefits are derived
from martial arts. Student's goal is to continue to improve the quality
of their life. The goal of each school is to improve the quality of
their members' lives and share the benefits of the martial arts equally
throughout society. Students, Instructors and Masters must always
treat each other with a sincere and serious attitude. Achieving and
maintaining balance in our lives includes the ethical treatment of all
people. It is one of the most important ways to improve human behavior
everywhere. Therefore, to receive WSKGK Certification each member must
promise to exemplify the following credos:
"As I am certified under the WSKGK, I promise to follow the underlying guidelines to the best of my ability:
1. I must have good moral standards.
2. I must have a sincere and serious attitude.
3. I will have no prejudice against any persons.
4. I will make no false or misleading claims or advertisements.
5. I will always dedicate myself to my job and seek to improve my own skills and knowledge.
6. I will return all martial arts knowledge to the public.
7. I will always maintain good overall professional standards."
CODE OF ETHICS
Ethics open pathways for internal understanding and energy awareness.
1. Honor your family, your teachers, and the
organization. Honoring them is a lifetime responsibility. They are to
be treated like a father or mother who gives the art of life. Give and
sacrifice without expecting to receive.
2. View classmates as brothers and sisters. By giving and helping them become better, you too will excel.
3. Senior students practice humility. Treat junior
students as equals, which in turn will earn you the respect and
position of a senior.
4. Junior students are respectful to your seniors. Their
treatment of you as an equal is a sign that they are beginning to find
humility and are worthy of senior respect. The senior's humbleness is
to be honored.
5. Never consider yourself knowledgeable regardless of
time in training. You, as all of us, are on a long staircase and with
no apparent end and which will lift you to the highest attainments you
6. Recognize everyone will have different strengths and
weaknesses, regardless of their time in the art. Try to help their
weaknesses; and, in turn, your weaknesses will eventually be
7. Students are responsible to demonstrate the code of
ethics in and out of class. Such demonstration will clearly indicate
you do not consider your art to be separate from your life; your art is
part of everything you do.
8. Rely on your teacher's judgment to the greatest extent
possible. Many times you may not agree with policies or actions, but
you are responsible to try to stand behind your teachers and strive for
better understanding as junior students do toward you. Remember, take
one step at a time; experience will bring enlightenment.
9. Teachers and fellow students are human and may make
mistakes. Respect their weaknesses and appreciate their gains toward
self-improvement. They will learn from your kindness and understanding
which will strengthen both of you.
10. Never criticize your teacher. Criticizing is
considered to be a poor code of conduct and in essence you are saying
you need another instructor. Analyze your doubts and your viewpoint may
possibly change regarding the matter; if not, discuss any situation
privately with your instructor.
11. Listen to suggestions from anyone including lower
ranking students. They may offer suggestions from a unique and helpful
angle. Receptiveness will help you grow.
12. Be an example of courtesy, regardless of what step you
are in your journey to seek growth. Courtesy in and out of class is a
sign of strength.
13. Pride. Carry yourself earnestly and try your best.
Other people's expectations of you may be important; but your own
expectations of yourself are more important. Doing your best will give
you honor and pride.
14. Contain your ego. The showing of too much power
demonstrates you have a low level of ego containment. Use of techniques
with kindness and appreciation is a sign of strength.
15. Tenacity. It is your responsibility to do your best
in class. Do not allow yourself to simply follow or stand idle.
Practice regardless of your level of ability or comprehension in a
technique. Tenacity is the ability to keep trying with or without your
teacher being present.
16. Cleanliness. Refined cleanliness means refined mind.
Clean clothes and body show by example the honor and ethics you
17. Do not ask to be taught more techniques. Let your
instructor decide when you are ready. To ask is a sign you have
perfected that, which has already been taught to you. Techniques
require a lifetime of perfecting. By working hard on what you have
already learned is the first sign you are ready for more.
18. Remember your teacher and loved one's birthday and
special holidays. No matter how small, show them appreciation that
truly comes from the heart. A sign of thoughtfulness allows a bond to
develop making the teacher feel appreciated. Wanting to show his or her
gratitude, your teacher will reciprocate by genuinely wanting to
further your knowledge.
19. When visiting your teacher it is proper to bring them
a small gift. A gift can be food for casual visits or present for
formal visits. When a teacher is invited to your home or anywhere else,
be sure to have proper food and drink available thus demonstrating
good manners. Traditionally, the teacher partakes of food and drink
first and then others follow.
20. If you have had an argument with your teacher and
later desire to reestablish your relationship, bring a gift upon your
first visit and extend a humble apology, regardless of whether or not
you feel it is completely deserved. A good teacher will always accept a
genuine apology without regard as to who might have been wrong.
4. DOJO ETIQUETTE
1. Address, introduce, or write to your teachers with their
respected title. They should not be addressed by their first names
unless your teacher says you may.
2. Bowing to your teacher, to other students, and when
coming in and out of your training area is a sign of respect.
3. Be timely with payments of your tuition. Teachers in turn will be timely with their instruction.
4. Try diligently not to be late for class. If you are
late, wait on the side for the instructor to bow you in. Once bowed in,
do not walk through lines but enter the class through the back. Talk
to your teacher if you cannot routinely attend class on time or if you
must leave class early. If you are absent, you are responsible for
techniques missed; furthermore, only practice techniques you have been
5. Each martial art is a complete system with traditions.
Observe carefully the traditions because they represent the heart of
the system which you study. Proper acceptance and usage of the
traditions demonstrate your skill level.
6. Regardless of rank or time in school, voluntarily clean the dojo. Doing so shows humbleness and respect. If you see your teacher cleaning the dojo, you should take such action as a hint and immediately sign to help.
7. Do not wear your gi top out of class. Come to class wearing any shirt and change in the dojo to your gi top. Wear no jewelry in class.
8. Do not talk to anyone outside of class while in class;
keep talking to a minimum in class, and resist the urge to constantly
teach your classmate. Also, do not joke or fool around in class.
9. Bow out of class early if you become fatigued and feel
sick, but do not bow out early because you are tired. Discipline
yourself not to show tiredness and complete the class. This creates
tenacity and discipline for other things.
10. If a student is injured, inform the instructor immediately.
11. Maintain upright body posture throughout class.
12. Senior students should know and feel comfortable with
the teacher's rules and be able to explain them clearly to junior
5. VISITING OTHER DOJOS
1. If you desire to visit and participate in another
school, ask permission from the teacher of that school before
attending. If allowed to participate, pay for the class or leave some
kind of tribute in appreciation, regardless if the teacher says it is
not necessary. Also, do not wear your gi or rank in a dojo of different style karate unless given permission to do so. Wear something neat and comfortable to workout in.
2. Always bow when entering and leaving another dojo. Using the bow you are familiar with is acceptable until you observe how the other style's bow is done.
3. When inviting a teacher or senior from another dojo or
system to dinner, open doors for them, offer them a seat first, wait
for them to begin eating before you do, and offer to pay for their
meal. Be attentive to see their cup is always full. The cup of the most
senior is checked first followed by the cup of the second most senior
and so forth down the levels of seniority. Serving your honored guest
properly is considered good code. Tipping well is also a good sign of
ethics and demonstrates your genuine gratitude and respect for the
occasion. These acts reflect your organizational training and gives
"face" to you, your dojo, and the organization. Undoubtedly, seniors
will analyze your actions and decide in their minds what level of
training you have attained.
Although the foregoing rules may seem overly proper, the
fact is they are rules of ethics many systems and societies consider to
be an art and a major factor of proper attitude towards one another.
Remember, most systems originated in the Orient and carry Oriental
traditions. There exist many more rules that are more subtle than what
has been discussed so far, and much could be learned from them if one
has the desire to do so. There are those who tend to shun the
traditional values of other countries as being impractical; but, by
understanding their values as a way of life and grasping their true
inner meaning as internal arts, one can determine the difference
between an art and a sport.