The commitment needed

Levels of commitment

When talking about commitment we need to understand that there is a difference between commitment required to progress/sustain your personal standard and commitment required to support the dojo.

Although you attend the dojo in order to progress you must also understand that your progression is a result of both your own efforts and the support of the dojo (including training partners and instructors). You do not pay your monthly dojo fees to be taught, you pay for your place within the dojo to gain the opportunity to be taught. The dojo is not just the room that we train in, it is a culmination of all who attend, support and lead the group, of which you are a part (much like a football/netball team).

Initially we expect a member to minimally be committed to their training by turning up regularly and training hard, as they progress through the grades this expectation is increased as is the requirement to also show commitment to the dojo.

Please see the below expectation for different grade levels, there will always be exceptions and we do not enforce any penalties for non-compliance, but these should be seen as our guideline that you will be measured against for further grading. It would be advisable to review this before grading to each level to ensure you are willing to commit to what is required at your next belt:

Personal Commitment:

  • To train on a weekly basis with an open mind

Personal Commitment:

  • To train on a weekly basis with an open mind
  • To read occasional articles produced by the dojo

Dojo Commitment:

  • To train hard to generate an atmosphere conducive to progression
  • To grade at least once per year

Personal Commitment:

  • To train twice weekly in the month leading up to a grading examination
  • To read occasional articles produced by the dojo

Dojo Commitment:

  • To train hard to generate an atmosphere conducive to progression
  • To grade at least once per year
  • To attend additional sessions when possible (minimum 2 seminars/workshops per year)

Personal Commitment:

  • To train twice weekly in the dojo
  • To spend a minimum of 30 minutes per week training alone
  • To read all articles produced by the dojo

Dojo Commitment:

  • To train hard to set an example for lower grades
  • To grade at least once per year
  • To attend additional sessions when possible (minimum 3 seminars/workshops per year)
  • To support social events organised by the dojo

Personal Commitment:

  • To train/teach 2-3 times weekly in the dojo (training should be a minimum of 2 hours)
  • To spend a minimum of 1 hour per week training alone
  • To read all articles produced by the dojo

Dojo Commitment:

  • To train hard to set an example for lower grades
  • To mentor lower graded members
  • To assist your Sensei with the running of the dojo (including teaching cover)
  • To attend all additional sessions (should aim for 75% attendance at seminars)
  • To write at least 2 articles per year
  • To attend all social events organised by the dojo
  • To run or assist in the running of social events

Personal Commitment:

  • To spend a minimum of 4 hours per week teaching/training (including in and out of the dojo)
  • To read all articles produced by the dojo
  • To read other martial arts related material on a monthly basis

Dojo Commitment:

  • To train hard to set an example for lower grades
  • To mentor lower graded members
  • To assist with the running of the dojo (including teaching cover)
  • To attend all additional sessions (should aim for 75% attendance at seminars)
  • To write at least 4 articles per year
  • To attend all social events organised by the dojo
  • To run or assist in the running of social events