Dojo Rules & Regulations


(1) Instructors will be addressed as (Mr., Ms., Sensei (3rd Dan or higher) or appropriate title – in and out of class, and the chain of command should always be followed.


(2) Bow in and out of dojo and mat area.


(3) To enter onto the mat, first bow to the Shomen, then to the senior rank on the mat. When leaving the mat, do the same, but in reverse.


(4) Good hygiene must be observed at all times, including nails neatly trimmed and uniform cleaned and pressed. Clean feet are imperative.


(5) Talking in class is not permitted unless asking or answering a question, and hands must be raised straight overhead to be recognized.


(6) Students must maintain a notebook for their own use when studying.


(7) The only acceptable method of moving about the dojo during class or when asked to do something by one of your instructors is to RUN.


(8) Never appear idle on the mat, it is a place of work, 100% effort is required.


(9) Excessive noise or loud talking, even in the waiting area, will not be tolerated in the dojo.


(10) Students are expected to attend a minimum of two classes per week and are to assist in the cleaning (Dojo) and maintenance of the dojo.


(11) If you are physically unable to participate in class, but you attend – full class credit is granted. (12) All students must notify the dojo if they are planning on missing two or more classes.


(13) Always do your best to make new students feel part of the dojo.


(14) Students are encouraged to support and attend all dojo activities, seminars.


(15) Remove your belt (obi) before eating, drinking, and leaving dojo. Never let your obi drop to the floor. (16) Support dojo, all training gear must be purchase through dojo ProShop.


(17) If you or your child is going to stop training, you must give a 30 day written notice.


(18) No climbing, jumping, or playing on gym equipment.


(19) No food or gum in dojo.


(20) No private lessons in the dojo unless okay’d by Kyoshi Pon.


Dojo Creed


I intend to develop myself in a positive manner

and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or physical health.

I intend to develop self-discipline, in order to

bring out the best in myself and others.

I intend to use what I learn in class constructively and defensively,

to help myself and others and never be abusive or offensive.




Tying Obi


The belt in the Martial Arts is referred to as an Obi.  Although the colors may vary among schools, each represents a level of accompl ishment and knowl edge.  Be sure to learn how to tie your own belt as well as others.  Practice makes perfect…


I) Place center of Obi along front of

2)  Wrap Obi around back and bring to front.  Obi should lay flat.

3)  Make sure Obi is even in front.  Wrap left side over both.

4)  Tuck left end under both.

5)  Pull each end to opposite sides until comfortable.  Not too tight.

6)  Place right side over l eft side.

7)  Tuck right end of Obi up through hole.

8)  Pull each end to opposite sides (not up & down) until tight.

9)  Allow Obi to hang naturaJly in center of body.



Parents In Training


Dragon Bushido Martial Arts… invites every parent to try a “Free Month of Training” during their child’s time here in the dojo.


No sign up necessary!!!

You can train in our Adult “Karate & Krav Maga” or Kickboxing” Program for an entire month.


The benefits of this exposure are three fold…


First, your focus on physical fitness and self‐defense becomes heightened as you learn the skills necessary to strengthen your body & mind.


Second, you will be able to assist your child when practicing at home or your child can assist you. Either way will contribute to a stronger and deeper relationship and foster their self‐esteem.


Third, you will become more patient with your child’s progress in the Martial Arts as you experience the same challenges that they are exposed to on a daily basis…





Challenges Made Easy…

The following Information is meant to assist you with some common issues that might come up. Good luck and know that your recommendations and opinions are welcome.“Ups and Downs” In any activity, a child’s interest may drop for a variety of reasons, i.e. they are challenged by the activity, misunderstand repetition and say they are bored, they say that they are not as good as the others, they just don’t know but they don’t like it, etc… I am sure you have experienced your child not wanting to go to school for a variety of reasons. Most of the time, they do not have a choice and you tell them to get ready anyway. My personal experience and the feedback I have received from parents is that the child student is happy, after all, in having gone to Karate class. Be the parent and not the friend in most situations like this.


“Back to The Drawing Board” At particular times in a child’s training they may be asked to perform some of their requirements in front of the class. This might be for a stripe , a belt or just for demonstration purposes. Most of the time they will be given the goods and the bads (things they need to work on). It will always be done in a positive manner. I use the phrase, “Back to the drawing board” as a way to express, “Back to work”. This is a phrase that my instructor would say to me when I fell short in my performance in a tournament or for a belt. This is particularly important as the children get higher in rank / age and have to participate in Official Reviews / Tests during which they will endure 1 to 2 hours of training and demonstrating of their requirements. Parents, the children need your self discipline in order to mold their understanding of what discipline is and how necessary it is in preparing for challenges like a test. Children will naturally shrug off something like practice especially if they have not experienced failure / not excelling during a particular event / test in the past. My Instructor would always ask me if I practiced as hard as I could for an event / test and if so he would tell me that he was proud of my efforts. He would also tell me that “it is never a failure as long as you show up to the next event or test”. I hope this helps.


“Time Off”


I understand that a child student may take some time off from Karate during the year for various reasons. If you fall into this category and it is your hopes to reintegrate your child back into our program then it is highly recommended that you involve them in Private Lessons during the interim. Often the child upon return will be reluctant to do so for a variety of reasons, i.e. I have fallen behind in belt in comparison to my friends, I have forgotten everything, Sensei will be upset (far from the truth), and many more. For more information on how to set up a private lesson, please speak with our office manager in the front of the dojo.





Counting In Japanese


Japanese Numbers

  • Ichi ~ One
  • Ni ~ Two
  • San ~ Three
  • Shi ~ Four
  • Go ~ Five
  • Roku ~ Six
  • Shichi ~ Seven
  • Hachi ~ Eight
  • Ku ~ Nine
  • Ju ~ Ten





“There are many benefits to a one on one private session…”


There are fewer distractions Great time to review curriculum before a test You will get the instructor’s complete attention Particular areas of development can be focused on It is a great time to have your specific questions answered You get a personal coach to keep you encouraged & motivated.


“I am interested in a Private Lesson… What should I do next?”


Option 1

Register at

o  Select “Membership”

o  Scroll down to “private” and select the membership option that you would like. 30 min or 1 hour private with Kyoshi.

o  Select “sign up”

o  Scroll up

o  If you are a member Click “here” to log in.

  • If you are not and member “Create a new account”.

Be sure to confirm the date availability with Kyoshi.


Option 2

Email [email protected]‐ and request a time for a private lesson.





S.T.E.P.S to success…


The following information is meant to help guide you in assisting your child reach the incremental goals along the way to Black Belt. Black Belt is a special personal achievement which only they can achieve. No teams except for me and you. Our goal is to motivate and educate the child in recognizing their strengths and weaknesses; strengthening their weaknesses and keeping them humble in their strengths. Physical fitness and self‐defense (Karate) is the vehicle we use to do this. We are very disciplined with the children but we have a lot of fun, so the discipline becomes fun. A great journey lies ahead… Good luck!



* Class Participation ~ Please be consistent in bringing your child to class at least two days a week. It is the consistency and repetition that helps in memorization. Socialization is also a key component in their progress because as the children develop friendships in class, it is these friends who become their training partners outside of class.

* Daily Practice ~ As you know, any professional athlete, musician, dancer, actress/actor, etc. puts in hours of practice when not with their coach or instructor. This is the discipline that is necessary in becoming good at something. The responsibility of teaching this principle falls heavily in your lap as they are with you most of the time. You can reflect on those individuals that they adore and idolize and how hard they had to work to get to where they are. You can also point to yourself and how practice has helped you achieve your goals. Remember that they do not have the experience you do nor have they seen what you have seen. In summation, if a child is in class two days a week then they should be practicing at least a 15 minute to 45 minutes a day (depending on age and/or rank) a few days a week while not in class.

* Private Lessons ~ During your child’s training here at DBMA, you will find that a private lesson, occasionally, will be of great benefit. Whether it be in preparation for a Review / Test or just to clear up some confusion.

‐We offer half hour and hour privates throughout the week and on weekends. Please refer to the “Private Lesson” page, in this packet, for a full list of benefits.

* Parental Involvement ~ (Participation + Observation = Engagement)

Participation: There are two ways you can get involved. Throughout the year, you will be invited to train alongside your child in our “My Parent Is My Partner” training days. Finally, our “Parent’s in Training” program is very popular as you, the parent, can train in one of our Adult programs for a month at no charge.

Observation: You are encouraged to sit and watch your child while in class. This will afford you the opportunity to take notes: logging the efforts of your child, writing down certain things that are said in class which prompt them to respond correctly and to look up answers for their workbooks (if the child is too young to read & write).

Engagement: Your involvement in the above will give you the confidence and show your child that you are fully capable of helping them in their at home practice. In my experience many children are reluctant to have their parents help them because of their lack of involvement / knowledge. You will always be their first teachers and the ones who are around them the most. We are a team and have the responsibility of assisting the child in gaining a better sense of self. This goal is achieved through the instruction in Martial Arts (Instructor), recognition of efforts while in class (Instructor and Parent), and encouragement of self‐study and practice when not in class (Instructor and Parent).




      Karate Skills for each belt ranking

White Belt

‐ Defense to Round‐punch

‐ Defense to Double Round‐punch

‐ Single wrist escape

‐ Wrist‐Grab #1

‐ Double‐grab same wrist


Yellow Belt

‐ Front Choke #1

‐ Front Choke #2

‐ Wrist‐Grab #2

‐ Wrist‐Grab #3

Orange Belt

‐ Choke from Behind #1

‐ Choke from Behind #2

‐ Choke from Behind #3

‐ Double Wrist‐Grab

‐ Cross Wrist‐Grab


Blue Belt

‐ Choke from Side

‐ Push‐choke from Front

‐ Push‐choke from Behind

‐ Shoulder‐Grab

‐ Single‐hand Push

Green Belt

‐  Ground‐Defense to Punch #1, and #2

‐ Ground‐Defense to Choke #1, #2 & #3


Purple Belt

‐ Front Bear‐hug over arms #1

‐ Front Bear‐hug over arms #2

‐ Front Bear‐hug over arms #3

‐ Front Bear‐hug under arms #1

‐ Front Bear‐hug under arms #2

‐ Front Bear‐hug under arms #3

‐ Lapel‐grab #2

‐ Lapel‐grab #3

Brown Belt III

‐ Rear Bear‐hug over arms #1

‐ Rear Bear‐hug over arms #2

‐ Rear Bear‐hug under arms #1

‐ Rear Bear‐hug under arms #2

‐ Rear Bear‐hug under arms #3

‐ Hair‐grabs #1, #2, and #3

Brown II

‐ Rear Arm‐choke #1

‐ Rear Arm‐choke #2

‐ Rear Arm‐choke #3

Brown I

‐ Head‐lock #1

‐ Head‐lock #2

‐ Head‐lock #3

‐ Single‐leg take‐down

‐ Double‐leg take‐down

‐ Take down defnse ‐ sprawl

Listen & learn!


  •                                            Be willing to listen & follow directions with good spirit!
  •                                            Always be considerate of others & follow dojo customs & courtesies!
  •                                           Ability will come with lots & lots of practice!
  •                                          Practice, watch & listen to learn how to do things.
  •                                          It will come with time!
  •                                          Worthwhile things take lots & lots & lots of EFFORT!





DBMA Katas










Brown belt- ,seinchin, konkudai, oonsu


Black belt Eon: Shodon, needon, sondon ,yondon, godon


Bo staff- Kokomini