Guidelines for Participation at the Pittsburgh Bujinkan Dojo

1. Respect the Soke, Dai Shihan Phil Legare, Dai Shihan Brent Earlewine and Dai Shihan Dave Fetterman and all other Bujinkan licensed instructors for their teachings as handed down by Soke. Respect yourself as well. If this is not done we will assume you will not respect the teaching either and thus ends our common goals and association together. We also require all students to adhere to the guideline rules of the International Hombu Dojo of Soke Hatsumi which is posted on our website as well.

2. Each member is responsible for creating a positive atmosphere of harmony and respect. Speak with good purpose about everyone including yourself. Support your friends by sharing your knowledge, not your ego.

3. Be willing to do whatever it takes to excel in your martial arts studies. Our goal is to take you to mastery level and we expect you to have that goal for yourself.

4. It is your responsibility to cause no injury. You must protect your training partner, then yourself. Sprains and bruises do occur, but serious injury will be minimized if you follow these guidelines. In the event of an injury, inform the Sensei or Senior Student immediately.

5. The Pittsburgh Bujinkan Dojo operates in a manner following the natural laws of proper conduct. It’s spirit comes directly from Soke Hatsumi and Dai Shihan Phil Legare and it is a place for the succession of their teachings. It is each member’s responsibility to honor and sincerely follow these teachings.

6. A few minutes before time for training to begin, you should be warmed up, seated in seiza and in quiet meditation. Use this time to rid your mind of the day’s problems and prepare for study.

7. If you have prior experience with the technique being studied and are working with someone who does not, you may lead them through it physically, but DO NOT attempt to correct or instruct your training partner if you do not hold teacher status (Sensei, Shidoshi-ho, Shidoshi, Shihan).

8. Respect those more experienced than yourself. Never argue about or compare technique. You are all studying the same principles so be careful not to pressure your interpretation onto it. There are many points of view as well as viewing points so learn every application many ways.

9. Jewelry should be removed before entering the training area. Wear a clean Gi with the proper patches and stars.

10. If you are unsure about what to do in a particular situation, please ask or simply follow along. Although there may seem to be many forms of etiquette to remember, they will come naturally as you continue to study. Please do not be resentful if you are corrected on a point of etiquette for each one is important to your safety and to the learning experience.