NO HORSEPLAY, ATTITUDES, FIGHTS or PHONES
Gratefulness / Rei- "The Bow"
Treat & Be Treated with Courtesy & Respect
Be Correct. Be On Time. Pay Your Debts
No Talking/Socializing During Classes
Cleanliness / Kireizuki
Be Clean. Clean Clothes, Cut Nails on Fingers & Toes
No Shoes on Mat, Wear Slippers on Common Areas
Keep Home & Dojo Clean
No Eating, Drinking, Gum or Jewelry
Neat & Clean Official Attire Only
Self-Control / Jisei
Attitude / Taido
Posture / Shesei
Focus, Intensity / Kime
Initiative / Sen
Center / Hara, Tanden, Ki
Eye To Eye / Getting Along with Others
Speak Up- Use Your Voice
Respecting Others & Their Property
Courtesy is the same as greeting someone with honor and respect. As we shake hands in the west, we bow or "give courtesy" in the far east.
"Rei" actually means "expressing gratitude" in Japanese.
So when we hear the phrase "sensei ni rei!" and we are told it means "bow to sensei" this is not entirely correct. Perhaps a better translation would be- "show one who came before us gratitude!"
Essentially, when you bow it is actually a display of gratitude, usually to an elder or benefactor and not an act of worship as it has been so often maligned and mistaken for.
In our martial art community "Courtesy" is used as a catch-phrase for all concepts of gratitude and respect, especially towards parents, siblings, family, friends, classmates, co-workers and community.
So when you hear us urge students to "give courtesy" what we are really suggesting is that we should show our gratitude to others for sharing of themselves with us
and to show that we don't take them for granted.