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Questions tagged [etiquette]

The customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.

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Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
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How to spar against a weaker opponent

I am taking Beginner Muay Thai classes for a couple of months now quite regularly. A few rounds of light sparring (no elbows, no knees & kicks to the head, focus on technique instead of power) ...
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Is it appropriate to display the dojo kun at home?

The dojo kun is a set of 5 principles that should be followed in the dojo. The dojo kun states the basic philosophy of karate, according to Funakoshi. Some schools choose to recite the principles at ...
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Switching schools/styles - Is it disrespectful to ask about differences in technique?

I trained for a few years in one school, but have since moved away and have been looking for a new place to train (most likely in a different style). I know that there will always be differences in ...
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What is the difference between a Teacher & an Instructor? [closed]

Although I could answer this question according to my class; In general terms with all forms of martial arts how can we define the difference between them ? ****What else i would like to hear**** ...
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Is bowing a universal sign of respect across all martial arts?

When are students or instructors expected to bow and to whom? For spectators, family, friends or anyone else not participating, is anything expected of them as signs of respect?
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What is a grandmaster?

In your own school, you have a Sifu (師傅 or 師父) or sensei (先生), which is frequently translated as master or teacher. In the same way you have a grandfather, who is the father of your father, you have a ...
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Why did a Samurai always wear their katana on the left side?

A katana is traditionally used with both hands. But why is it always on the left side? I have read that in the Samurai schools they don't care much about the student are left handed or right handed. ...
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What are the corrects words to greet our shifu?

I have a question concerning the way we greet our shifu in the beginning and end of our lessons. I was wondering what the explanation is and if I'm saying the right things to our Shifu. Are the ...
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Addressing martial artists of another style

I have been training in GoJu Karate for about seven years now. Recently the school hosted a seminar by Guru Master Julius Megrito. The heads of about five other clubs came together for classes with ...
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Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?

I know the proper way to put on your gi is to put the left side over the right side, but why is this? Where did this custom come from? I think it applies to all martial arts (at least I know it does ...
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Correct usage of the title “Master”?

Is it proper to refer to anyone who teaches classes at your school as Master, or is that title generally reserved just for the person who is the head of the dojo? FWIW, to give it a little more ...
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How can I respectful​ly raise concerns about class difficulty level/teac​hing style at my club?

I practice Taekwondo regularly with the club at my university. There are three main instructors, one 3rd dan and two 1st dan (my belt level). The club has a lot of black belts of varying degrees who ...