Code of Conduct

Canberra Martial Arts & Fitness is a Community of people from varying backgrounds, we don’t care where you were born, what you do for a living, where you live, what your personal preferences are or the like. However, we do have to have some scene of order in the Dojang/Club so that classes continue to run smoothly.

Before you consider the Code of Conduct below, you must frame them from the point of view of Our Values: 



  1. Learn something new and share something new – EVERYDAY
  2. Have an open-mind, be respectful and show compassion
  3. Inspire others through your passion!
  4. Focus on what you CAN do first!
  5. Strive to grow and develop!
  6. Draw on inner-strength, learn from and overcome your fears.
  7. Remember: Fun, Safe then Martial Arts!
  8. Be the best that YOU can be!
Conduct in the School/Dojang/Club (Instructors & Students):
  • At all times, students must respect and obey the instructions of Instructors and other higher-ranking belts and show respect for the Dojang (school).
  • Instructors are to refrain from using harsh tones and language towards students, where possible they must be an example of good behaviour.
  • Conduct yourself in a formal, respectful manner at all times when in the school.
  • Do not interfere in any way with classes in progress.
  • At no time engage in horseplay on the training areas or in the school.
  • Keep hands and feet off the walls and mirrors.
  • Unnecessary roughness, swearing at people, or display of ill-temper is forbidden.
  • Always observe mat etiquette in the training area, including bowing when entering or leaving the Dojang and wearing an approved uniform in the training areas.
  • No chewing gum or food is allowed on the mat or training areas.
  • No one under the influence alcohol or a prohibited substance may train.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the Dojang.
Conduct During Class:
  • Prompt attendance is expected. If you are unavoidably late, follow the late procedure as directed. Wait at the edge of the mat wait for acknowledgement from the instructor before joining the class.
  • Repeated late attendance (without reason) will result in not being allowed into class.
  • All students must show proper respect to instructors and fellow students. This includes receiving feedback in a manner that conveys you understand and are willing to accept the feedback from the Instructor. Dismissive language will not be tolerated.
  • During sparring and training students are to be careful not to make contact through neglect or carelessness. Contact due to carelessness is a serious offence.
  • Speaking to your partner is important during training; however it must not get too loud and must stop when an Instructor is teaching.
  • You may ask questions during class by raising your hand and waiting to be recognised.
  • Contradicting instructors or complaining during class is strongly discouraged. Instructors are happy to discuss any issues individually away from the class.
  • Instructors are to be addressed with their appropriate title. (It is formal etiquette to bow to your instructor before and after speaking with them, however that is the decision of the Instructor as to whether this is adhered to.)
  • You may not leave the mat at any point during training without the explicit permission of the instructor.
  • You may not chew gum, talk, swear, put your hands on your hips, or lean against the walls at any point during class. [This is old school]
Conduct Outside the Dojang:
  • Always conduct yourself in a manner befitting your art and your club.
  • Refrain from making critical comments about other styles, students or instructors.
  • Always be polite and acknowledge fellow members if/when you meet them outside the club. (If you can’t remember their name, ask them – don’t pretend you didn’t see them. 🙂 )
Information & Communication
  • In no circumstances are you to provide false or misleading information, this includes fake phone numbers, email addresses or other information that would make it difficult for someone to reach you or know who the information is coming from.
  • Slander or Libel of Instructors, Members and/or the club is not appreciated and also puts you in a position where you could be sued. Think before you type or speak negatively.
  • Canberra Martial Arts & Fitness staff, like you, deserve a workplace free from verbal abuse, racism and sexism – any display of poor behaviour will result in immediate expulsion from the club and the cancellation policy taking effect.
Any questions on the code of conduct, please email and we will forward it to the appropriate contact.

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