The following have been translated from Japanese and are found in all Uechi-Ryu Dojo’s on Okinawa (reprinted here from prior Uechi publications).
Directions for Dojo Activity
- The martial arts begin and end with respect.
- Bow on entering and leaving the Dojo indicating your respect for that place.
- Diligently follow the instructions given by your instructor and your seniors.
- Thoughtless and careless actions such as whistling, singing, and social conversation have no place in the Dojo.
- Smoking is prohibited in the Dojo.
- Refrain from engaging another student in idle talking and make the best use of the time given for your class.
- Practice in a business-like manner, if you need to rest, do so in an area where you will not interfere with other’s workout.
- Person to person relationship in the Dojo must be reinforced by courtesy and affection.
- Keep your body and gi always clean.
- You are responsible for keeping your conduct under control inside and outside the Dojo.
- Kicking to the head, groin, or spine is prohibited during free style sparring.
- Protective equipment (mouth guard, groin cup, head gear) must be worn when free style sparring (foot gear and hand gear are recommended but not mandatory).
Instructions for Students
- The purpose of studying Uechi-Ryu is to develop the karate devotee into a healthy well coordinated person, both physically and mentally, and to
- train the person so that the person may master the weaponless defensive art.
- The karate devotee must always be on one’s best behavior, taking a modest attitude toward others, setting great value on courtesy among people,
- tidying up one’s dress, being careful of one’s speech and actions, and being diligent in one’s study.
- The karate devotee must not be a nuisance to others by using harsh language and committing violence toward others even if one is under the influence of unnatural substances.
- The karate devotee must not bring disgrace even in a slight degree on one’s own school (Uechi-Ryu) and one’s self by making tasteless and shameful utterances and actions
- The karate devotee must not be self-centered and must not run to the easy and idle life.
- One must make a constant effort to continue hard work enabling one to fill one’s mind with the vigor of life.