School Rules and Creed
Without a structured code of conduct, a true Martial Arts school cannot function effectively.
Rules and regulations keep order within the school and the classes. Without such rules it is impossible to provide a suitable structured and disciplined training and learning environment for students.
General Class Formalities
1. Students must bow when entering and leaving the front door of the dojo (place of training). You have now shown your respect to your fellow students, instructors and your dojo so you do not need to bow each time you step onto or leave the training mat.
2. Students must bow when addressing (eg asking a question) a black belt instructor or black belt assistant instructor during class.
3. If arriving at class late or leaving the class early, the student must first inform an instructor and bow-in or bow-out (except in an emergency). The same holds true if you need to go to the toilet or have a drink outside of an instructed break. Your instructor is responsible for your welfare and must know where you are. There is no need to bow to your instructor when you leave class during an instructed drink break or when instructed to put on your sparring gear.
4. It is the duty of the lowest ranked students at each adult class to sweep the training mat floor before the training session begins. This demonstrates humility and willingness to learn.
5. During class address black belt instructors as ‘sir’ or ‘maam’ or by their surname eg Mr Taylor. Other instrcutors and assistant instructors can be addressed by their first name or as 'sir' or 'maam' if you do not know their name.
6. If a student or the group is prompted or asked a question during class, a loud and immediate response is required eg ‘Yes Sensei’, ‘No Sir’ so the instrcutor knows that you understand their instruction.
7. After bowing at class dismissal, the words ‘Thank you sir / maam' are replied as a group to the respective instructor.
8. Report all injuries, illnesses and the like to the highest ranked instructor before class and ensure you only do what you are capable of, in order to avoid aggravating your condition.
9. No profanity, horseplay, misuse of facilities or smoking is permitted in the dojo or in our carpark.
10. Do not lean on the walls, yawn or appear lethargic during class. Always be keen and prompt between class activities. Run between activities, don't walk.
11. Students must discipline themselves with pushups when they have not conducted themselves appropriately during class or have not performed a given task to the best of their ability.
Cobra Martial Arts is a professional Martial Arts school and must be treated as such by all students and instructors. Untidy presentation will lead visitors to believe that the same may holds true for our teaching and programs.
12. Full school uniform is compulsory for all students. This must be worn clean and ironed. If a shirt need be worn under the uniform it should be black in colour, without branding logos visible.
13. Students holding Green Belt rank or above must wear black pants.
14. Students must never face a higher ranked student when adjusting their uniform or tying their belt.
15. Students must not wear watches or loose / sharp rings and jewelry during class.
Any student found deliberately using their art to harm people, other than for self-defence purposes may be dismissed from the school.
Excessive or malicious contact during sparring will not be tolerated and will result in dismissal of the offending student from the academy.
Any student who ceases to abide by the school’s regulations will face the Black Belt Committee and may be dismissed from the academy.
I intend to develop myself in a positive manner
and to avoid anything that would reduce my
mental growth or my 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 to be abusive or offensive.
We with courtesy and integrity, persevere in our journey to build ourselves to our full physical, mental and spiritual potentials and to maintain our strong, close group.
We choose to abide by our school’s regulations and to demonstrate self control in conflict. When faced with no alternatives we are prepared for combat. Our tools will strike with the strength of a warrior and the speed of a Cobra.