Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Australia

Guidelines for viewing and taking part in classes

Both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome to join our study group.  We have students from 15 to 60 in our group.  We recommend you come to observe a class prior to joining.  If you have experience and can take simple ukemi it may be possible to join in a class.  Please contact us to arrange this.

Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu is a traditional Martial Art (Budo).  How we behave and comport ourselves both in the Dojo and our everyday lives is very much a part of the training we undertake.  To that end there are certain considerations to be taken into account in order to manage your expectations from your training.

Budo begins with Respect and ends with Respect.  These rules serve two purposes. First and foremost they show respect both for the art in which we train as well as the people with whom we train. Respect is much deeper than our external show of bowing and is rooted in a deep humility.  However our openness to learn is demonstrated by our external behaviour.  An open receptive mind is all that is required.  Secondly, these rules help to ensure the safety of everyone involved in training. Training involves some risk and these rules are designed to minimise these hazards. Below is a list of basic rules of etiquette (Rei). These rules are not universal, but rather outline the expectations of your behaviour within the Dojo.  Should you be unclear about what is expected, please ask.



  1. Please Bow when entering and leaving the dojo.

  2. Please Bow to your Teacher and seniors (Senpai) on arrival.

  3. Arrive 10-15 minutes or so before the start of class in order to leave time for getting changed and Dojo preparation.

  4. Quickly follow and carry out the instructions and directions of the teacher and senpai.

  5. Appearance should be neat and tidy with no visible jewellery or piercings. Torn or grubby uniforms (Dogi) shows disrespect. (wedding bands are permitted).

  6. Please no eating or drinking is permitted in the dojo, apart from fluids during breaks.

  7. Courteous behaviour is expected at all times.

  8. Do not teach or correct other students unless explicitly directed to do so by your teacher or Senpai.

  9. If you receive a correction from the teacher or senpai, bow and say “Hai arigatou gozaimasu”.

  10. Observe closely the way your Senpai are behaving and follow their example.


"The martial arts cannot be learnt intellectually. They must be learnt by many hours of practice in the dojo" - Kondo Katsuyuki


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